What is the course about?
Central lynchpins of Modernism, Cubism and Futurism revolutionised not just painting, but the entire artistic field. Artists such as Picasso and Braque pushed at the limits of painterly representation, opening its possibilities to interrogate space and time themselves, breaking open the staid canon of Western forms and redefining the very notion of an artwork, through the use of everyday materials.
In the hands of Boccioni, Marinetti and their fellows across Italy, Russia and beyond, Futurism pushed this one step further. Striving to sweep away old and stale conventions, the Futurists sought to remake a new world of speed and machine, conveying the whirling, fragmented and dangerously violent dynamics of modern life.
Explore these pivotal, vibrant and fatally flawed movements as we delve into key works, artists and theories, situating these movements within their historical perspective.
What will we cover?
• The emergence of Modern Art and Cubism and Futurism’s place in its development.
• Cubist painting, sculpture and collage.
• Key figures and works from Cubist artists such as Picasso and Braque.
• The arrival of Futurism and its theoretical foundations.
• Key futurist figures and works from Italy, Russia and the UK.
• The social, political and technological context for these movements.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List five key artists who participated in the Cubist and Futurist movements and Identify important examples of their work.
- Describe at least three key theoretical ideas crucial to the foundation of Cubism and Futurism.
- Analyse key works, both formally and in terms of their historical context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with short lectures, slides, and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB604 - Movements in Art: Suprematism and Constructivism
VB142 - Art evolutions: Pop to Post-Internet Art
VB849 - Contemporary Art Concepts
VB845 - Focus On: Art and Maps.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details