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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