Comparative Avant-Gardes: Global Perspectives in Modern Art
- Module Code:
- Module Not Running 2019/2020
- Year of study:
- Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module student will be able to:
- Articulate and question prevalent theories of the avant-garde
- Demonstrate familiarity with a broad purview of important modern and contemporary art movements and artists across a global comparative context
- Demonstrate critical literacy in visual and textual materials drawn from art theory and criticism
- Explain the significance of comparative study in expanding the geographical and critical scope of existing Euro-American art historical narratives
- Demonstrate skills in oral and written presentation applicable to careers in academia and other art-related professions in museums, galleries, auction houses, art law, and consulting agencies.
- One two hour Lecture
Method of assessment
- One 500 words formal analysis (worth 9%)
- One 500 words article precis (worth 9%)
- One 2 000 words bibliographic essay (worth 32%)
- One two hour exam (worth 50%)
- Bürger, Peter. Theory of the Avant-Garde. University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
- Goldwater, Robert. Primitivism in Modern Art. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1986.
- Li, Victor. The Neo-Primitivist Turn: Critical Reflections on Alterity, Culture, and Modernity. University of Toronto Press, 2006.
- Mercer, Kobena, ed. Discrepant Abstraction. MIT Press, 2006.
- Munroe, Alexandra. Japanese Art After 1945: Scream against the Sky. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1994.
- Myers, Fred R. Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art. Duke UP, 2003.
- Nelson, Robert S., and Richard Shiff. Critical Terms for Art History. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2003.
- O'Brien, Elaine, ed. Modern Art in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
- Risatti, Howard, ed. Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art. Prentice Hall, 1990.
- Wood, Paul, ed. Art of the Twentieth Century: A Reader. Yale University Press, 2003.