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Modern & Post modern:
Sculpture in the 20th C & beyond
This module is available as an elective
On completion of this module students will be have a good knowledge of the critical and theoretical discourses surrounding sculpture in the Twentieth century and of contemporary practices and theories. Through a detailed reading of the twentieth century students will be introduced to the changing status of the object in art historical research; from the development of modernist ruptures to its contemporary relationship with filmic and photographic practice. Students are encouraged to understand the original contexts in which modern movements are situated and to examine how careers were/are structured. Field trips form an integral part of this unit.
This module will cover the ground of a conventional history of twentieth century sculpture, with due attention paid to figures such as Picasso, Duchamp, Moore and Hepworth, but will place an emphasis on a critical approach to the received story of modernism. The consideration of sculpture moves from the idea that it was a restricted area of craft based activity to an understanding of sculpture as the defining art of post-modernity. The course provides the historical background wherein students are encouraged to see ?sculpture as a set of complex and expanded practices? that lie at the heart of the twentieth century?s art histories and provide the basis of twenty first century artistic practice.
Form of teaching
Seminars: 11 x 2 hours
Form of assessment
1 essay of 6000 words
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