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January 26 - March 02
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Social Philosophy and the Birth of Modern Art / 3-5pm • AHGL181L33
Learn about the social and contextual factors which, combined with formal experimentation, helped give rise to notions of Modernism in western art. Through presentations, discussions, guest speakers and a museum visit, class will examine early, stage-setting factors such as Enlightenment thinking and political revolution in Neoclassical painting and the new focus on the Sublime and return to nature in Romanticism, before delving into what’s often considered the full onset of Modern art, via the awareness of class consciousness in Realism, ending with some sharp turns in the focus of art in the early 20th century as reaction to the onset of the First World War, including elements of German Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism.
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