History of Contemporary Art (i+p) (2015/2016)

Course code
4S02170
Credits
12
Coordinator
Roberto Pasini
Other available courses
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
I MODULO PARTE (I) 6 L-ART/03-HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART Semestrino IA Roberto Pasini
II MODULO PARTE (P) 6 L-ART/03-HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART Semestrino IB Roberto Pasini

Learning outcomes

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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The teaching of contemporary art history examines the historical-artistic path from the end of ' 700 - when taking the space revolution moves made by Turner as part of romanticism, which gives life to the contemporary space - until the end of the ' 900, which states the poetics of Postmodernism. Covers two centuries of research and artistic issues that are examined through a careful reading of the works together with a wide survey on cultural contexts, aware that the art history is composed of two inseparable elements and also important, the art and the story: special paths must always be placed in the context where you embody for finding the right combination of individual contributions and general panorama.
The study of contemporary art history is performed on two tracks, autonomous but linked: on the one hand, the analysis of artists, movements and situations on the specific poetic style, and continued interweaving between the individual and the context size; on the other hand, the investigation of the relationships that bind the historic path to the various fields of culture such as literature, philosophy, science, cinema, media, according to the principle of communicating vessels at the cultural level. In this way we achieve the tools to understand the connection between artistic research and the time in which it exerts, overview of the moment, of the period, and developing a synoptic knowledge that allows you to understand more thoroughly the reasons cultural and artistic metabolism.


Module: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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The teaching of contemporary art history examines the historical-artistic path from the end of ' 700 - when taking the space revolution moves made by Turner as part of romanticism, which gives life to the contemporary space - until the end of the ' 900, which states the poetics of Postmodernism. Covers two centuries of research and artistic issues that are examined through a careful reading of the works together with a wide survey on cultural contexts, aware that the art history is composed of two inseparable elements and also important, the art and the story: special paths must always be placed in the context where you embody for finding the right combination of individual contributions and general panorama.
The study of contemporary art history is performed on two tracks, autonomous but linked: on the one hand, the analysis of artists, movements and situations on the specific poetic style, and continued interweaving between the individual and the context size; on the other hand, the investigation of the relationships that bind the historic path to the various fields of culture such as literature, philosophy, science, cinema, media, according to the principle of communicating vessels at the cultural level. In this way we achieve the tools to understand the connection between artistic research and the time in which it exerts, overview of the moment, of the period, and developing a synoptic knowledge that allows you to understand more thoroughly the reasons cultural and artistic metabolism.

Syllabus

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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Parses the entire path of contemporary art, with particular attention to the protagonists and the movements that have characterized. These major topics:

- What is art?
- Method and general concepts of interpretation
- Modern space and contemporary space
- Turner and enlarged contemporaneity
- Impressionism and beyond: Monet and the cycle of Water lilies, Degas and the cycle of Nudes
- Cézanne and narrow contemporaneity
- The symbolism: Seurat and Pointillism, Gauguin and Synthetism
- Matisse and Fauvism. Kirchner and Expressionism
- Picasso and Cubism. Boccioni and Futurism
- Kandinsky and the Biomorfismo. Mondrian and Abstraction
- De Chirico and Metaphysics. The poetics of call to order
- Duchamp and Dadaism. Figurative Surrealism (Magritte, Dali) and non-figurative Surrealism (Miro, Masson)
- The Informal in the United States, in Europe and in Italy
- The poetics of object, from Minimalism to Pop Art
- The non-artistic research: Body Art, Conceptualism, Arte Povera
- Postmodernism

Bibliography:
R. Barilli, Contemporary art (1984), Feltrinelli, Milan, 2005 (chaps. 1-14)
R. Pasini, What is art? (2007), QuiEdit, Verona, 2012
(for quick availability you can join the library QuiEdit, Verona)
R. Pasini, The formless in contemporary art (1989), Mursia, Milan, 2012
R. Pasini, The dispensation of Suzanne. Myths, errors and fallacies in contemporary art, Mursia, Milan, 2013

Teaching mode: We recommend students to attend classes and if not attending to provide notes. However you can prepare the exam just about program texts.
Within the Courses will take place visits to museums and exhibitions-in order to integrate the preparation or to promote the knowledge of artistic research-, seminars, tutorials, presentations of books.


Module: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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Training goals: Deepen in a monograph, but with openness to artistic context and sociocultural, the protagonists of contemporary art, major movements and the most significant issues, an overview of successful convergence between art and culture.
Those who intend to achieve 3 Cfu will bring to the examination only the section 1. Those who want to achieve 6 Cfu bring them both.

1 section: Marcel Duchamp and the problem of non-making art
Examines the problem of non-making art in the biggest revolutionary of the ' 900, Marcel Duchamp.

Bibliography:
M. Duchamp, Engineer of lost time. Conversation with Pierre Cabanne (1966), Abscondita, Milan, 2009
C. Subrizi, Introduction to Duchamp, Laterza, Rome-Bari 2008
R. Pasini, To do and not to do. Art, culture, society, Mursia, Milan, 2014

2 section: Claude Monet and Edgar Degas: two different looks of Impressionism
If Impressionism is one, inside we have at least two different looks on the world: that of Monet, synthetic font and all encompassing, eminently routed to nature; to Degas, analytical and specialized fonts on female bodies, the limits of voyeurism.

Bibliography:
A text will come out in due time for consideration.

Teaching mode: We recommend students to attend classes and if not attending to provide notes. However you can prepare the exam just about program texts.
Within the Courses will take place visits to museums and exhibitions-in order to integrate the preparation or to promote the knowledge of artistic research-, seminars, tutorials, presentations of books.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: I MODULO PARTE (I)
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From the iconographic point of view, the examination test focuses on the artists and their works and views present in texts, which the student must know.
The exam consists of a written test. The main valuation parameters are: 1) actual interest and level of preparation; 2) mastery of the field of study; 3) argumentative capacity; 4) expressive quality.
Please note that texts with copyright cannot be reproduced by any means, including the photocopy, which has not been authorized, and in any case not exceeding 15%. Please note that the purchase of texts is free and can be replaced by loan librarian.


Reception mode
There are two types of offers: front reception and telematics. The use of e-mail has become in recent years a very beloved by students, especially those who have difficulties to go to the front, those who do not attend classes, those who are in Erasmus etc., and then becomes necessary a useful formalization. Therefore, in addition to the front reception, for which it is advisable to book via email, the electronic receipt shall be established, for mail that is believed to have caused a response (if the e-mail address is accepted and the student has sent the mail to the right address: please then take note: pasini.roberto@univr.it ).

Thesis
Students who wish to graduate, for both the bachelor's and master's degree, must according to common sense have in contemporary art history exams an average justifying a thesis in this matter. To carry out the thesis, is an iteration support practice, for both the bachelor and master degree (for students who have graduated with a bachelor's degree in another field). The student is invited to submit to the Professor three arguments, and then the one in which thesis will be carried out will be choiced.
Regardless of the field in which you are graduating, students are required to submit a thesis in Secretariat only after having supported all exams. One cannot take account of any requests made by students who have not respected this rule elementary fairness.


Module: II MODULO PARTE (P)
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From the iconographic point of view, the examination test focuses on the artists and their works and views present in texts, which the student must know.
The exam consists of a written test. The main valuation parameters are: 1) actual interest and level of preparation; 2) mastery of the field of study; 3) argumentative capacity; 4) expressive quality.
Please note that texts with copyright cannot be reproduced by any means, including the photocopy, which has not been authorized, and in any case not exceeding 15%. Please note that the purchase of texts is free and can be replaced by loan librarian.


Reception mode
There are two types of offers: front reception and telematics. The use of e-mail has become in recent years a very beloved by students, especially those who have difficulties to go to the front, those who do not attend classes, those who are in Erasmus etc., and then becomes necessary a useful formalization. Therefore, in addition to the front reception, for which it is advisable to book via email, the electronic receipt shall be established, for mail that is believed to have caused a response (if the e-mail address is accepted and the student has sent the mail to the right address: please then take note: pasini.roberto@univr.it ).

Thesis
Students who wish to graduate, for both the bachelor's and master's degree, must according to common sense have in contemporary art history exams an average justifying a thesis in this matter. To carry out the thesis, is an iteration support practice, for both the bachelor and master degree (for students who have graduated with a bachelor's degree in another field). The student is invited to submit to the Professor three arguments, and then the one in which thesis will be carried out will be choiced.
Regardless of the field in which you are graduating, students are required to submit a thesis in Secretariat only after having supported all exams. One cannot take account of any requests made by students who have not respected this rule elementary fairness.