Art History 240. Art of the Avant-Gardes, 1900-1945: France, Germany, Italy and Russia
This course examines the artistic avant-gardes in France, Germany, Italy and Russia, during the first half of the 20th century. We study individual artists and their associated movements (Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, for example) through select themes: appropriations from and critical responses to mass culture and emerging new media, to visual traditions outside of Europe; representations of sexual, racial, and class identity; and the relationships between modernism, nationalism, war, and revolution. Critical analysis of individual works of art, as well as primary texts, especially those by artists and critics articulating ideological theories of art-making and its social and political roles, forms the basis of the course.