Movements in art: Pop and Minimalism

Course Dates: 25/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

From Andy Warhol to Sol Lewitt explore Pop Art and Minimalism to understand how these rival movements revolutionised the way we see and experience art.


What is the course about?

Pop Art and Minimalism emerges out of the consumer culture of the 1950s and are defined by the revolutionary 60s context that they, in part, create. Pop Art reflects mass media culture whereas Minimalism explores the potential of art to transform our perception and space. Although the artists of these movements were rivals, both were interested in collaborative creation and empowering the viewer through their experience with art.
In this one-day course we will explore the origins of these movement and then go in-depth with key artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Hamilton, Sol Lewitt, Robert Smithson, Donald Judd and Maya Lin. We will also reflect on how each movement has impacted the ways in which art is reproduced in popular culture and museums today.

What will we cover?

• The origins of Pop and Minimalism in the post-WWII consumer society
• Pop Art and reflecting mass media culture
• Minimalism and the experience of art
• Art and everyday life, mass production versus the embodied experience.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Discuss the general purpose of both Pop Art and Minimalism
• Describe the art/work of at least two artists working in either Pop or Minimalism
• Discuss at least two visual aspects apparent in the art of both Pop and Minimalism.

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 slide presentations 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?

You might also be interested in:
VB309 - History of Modern Art in 50 artworks.


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Tutor Biographies
Sarah Jaffray

Sarah Jaffray received her BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in French Modernism and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London to be with her family. For the past three years she has worked as an educator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and at Wellcome Collection. Her interests include Modernism, drawing, artistic process, collaboration, cultural theory, and the intersection of art and technology. She is currently researching the relationship of language and drawing.

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Course Code: VB683

Sat, day, 25 Jul - 25 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00

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