ARTH 513
Contours of Abstraction in Modern and Contemporary Art Spring 2022
Division I

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Abstraction, be it gestural or geometrical, was a protagonist of global modernisms and continues to be a powerful visual language in contemporary art. The term “abstraction” may first appear straightforward, but its associations are quite complex: in varying historical contexts, abstraction has signaled formalist rupture, revolutionary politics, appropriation, as well as racial, feminist, and queer critique. We will delve deeply into abstraction in global modern and contemporary art through myriad primary documents and theoretical frameworks so as to revise and expand its canonical contours and cartographies.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 3798
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly presentations, response papers, final 20-page research paper
Prerequisites: Students at the undergraduate level must be seniors and Art History majors
Enrollment Preferences: Art History MA students and undergraduate Art History seniors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ARTH post-1800 Courses

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