Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Modern Art

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION The lectures are designed to make the student come to terms with modern art. Several of the art historical movements are considered in the context of coeval experiences and subsequent developments. Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Abstract Art are studied and debated within their historical, theoretical and philosophical contexts.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study unit is to bring students in contact with the history of twentieth century modern art. The unit is designed to provide a broad overview of all the art movements which determined and defined modernism. Critical analysis, research oriented discussion and debate is expected.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

The study unit is directed towards a systematic understanding of the evolution and interaction between the various schools of artistic thought and art movements. At the end of the study unit the student will be in a better position to critically analyse the art-historical, philosophical and art-theoretical demands appartaining to the subject.

2. Skills:

The lectures give the student the necessary skills to appreciate, evaluate and contextualise the position of the international debate revolving around the history of twentieth century modernism. By the end of the study unit the student will be in a position to appreciate and to deal with modern art works and concepts.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Dawtrey, Jacakson, Masterton, Meecham, Wood (eds), Critical Studies and Modern Art, Yale University Press, 1996

D. Britt (ed), Modern Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 2007

N. Stangos (ed.), Concepts of Modern Art. From Fauvism to Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson, London, 1994/2006

Hughes, R. The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change, London, 1991/2005

Krauss, R., The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, Cambridge/Mass. 1986.

Russell, J. The Meanings of Modern Art, London 1992/2006

Schapiro, M., Modern Art, 19th and 20th Century: Selected Papers, London, 1978/1998.

Shattuck, R., The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France,London, 1968.

Colin Rhodes, Primitivism and Modern Art, London, 1994/2005

Schembri Bonaci, G., Trusted M., Two Artists: Velázquez-Picasso: Las Meninas, Malta, 2010.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci (Co-ord.)

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