History of Contemporary Art I - LM [Sede TN] (2019/2020)

Course code
4S003875
Name of lecturer
Denis Viva
Coordinator
Denis Viva
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-ART/03 - HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
I semestre - sede TN dal Sep 16, 2019 al Dec 20, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Comprehension and analysis of contemporary artworks. Critic and historical attitude in using the methodological tools of the discipline. How to research in the field of Contemporary Art History. Deep knowledge of the monographic topic of the course.

Syllabus

Background: Knowledge of the Art History of Medieval, Modern and Contemporary ages

Contents: The history of Still Life from its birth as an artistic genre of visual objectivity, between XVIth and XVIIIth centuries,until its turn to a subjective approach by Paul Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh, in the XIXth Century. The course is composed by three modules: 1) the theory and hierarchy of artistic genres from its origins to its academic recognition, and beyond, up until contemporary theories; 2) the history of Still Life in Europe since its rise in Netherland and Italy, until some of its apex as Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin and Édouard Manet; 3) the subjective approach to Still Life, in XIXth Century, by Cézanne (optical subjectivity) and Van Gogh (emotive subjectivity)

Teaching Methods: Lectures with the projections of artwork pictures, visual tests, and an anthology of Art Critics: one or two lectures by a guest speaker on the history of Still Life genre in Italy; 8 lectures by the Visiting Professor Michael Zimmermann (co-regular teacher); the remaining lectures by dr. Denis Viva. Study travel to Potsdam (Germany) to visit the exhibition "Van Gogh. Stillleben" at the Museum Barberini (scheduled between 17th and 21st January 2020 - to be confirmed)


Texts:
Bibliography
see Evaluation criteria
(option 1, as support bibliography)
(option 2, mandatory)
(option 3, see "Other information")

I module
Chiara Savettieri, Dal Neoclassicismo al Romanticismo, Carocci, Roma 2006, chap. 5 "I generi artistici" (antologia inclusa)

Victor I. Stoichita, The self-aware image. An insight into early modern meta-painting, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1997, Part I, chap. 1 and 2.

Michail Bachtin, Speech Genres and Other Late Essays, University of Texas Press, Austin 1990, chap. "The problem of Speech Genres"

II module
Erwin Panofsky, Early Netherlandish Painting, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1953, chap. 5 "Reality and Symbol in Early Flemish Painting "Spiritualia sub metaphoris corporalium"

Svetlana Alpers, The art of describing. Dutch art in the seventeenth century, University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1983, chap. 3

Victor I. Stoichita,The self-aware image. An insight into early modern meta-painting, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1997,Part III, chap. 9

Julie Berger Hochstrasser, "Feasting the Eye: Painting and Reality in the Seventeenth-century 'Bancketje'", in Still Life Paintings from the Netherlands 1550-1720, curated by Alan Chong, Wouter T. Kloek, exh. catalogue, Cleveland Museum of Art und Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum; Zwolle (Waanders) 1999; pp. 72-85

La natura morta italiana da Caravaggio al Settecento, curated by Mina Gregori, exh. catalogue, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, Mondadori, Milano 2003

III module
Michael F. Zimmermann, "Expérimentation scientifique et esthétique. La vision comme action cognitive selon Cézanne et Helmholtz", in La lumière au prisme d'Augustin Fresnel, entre arts et sciences (1790-1900), curated by Gérard Mourou, Michel Menu, Monika Preti, Parigi 2018, pp. 163-84.

Michael F. Zimmermann, "Fetish and Alienation. Van Gogh and the End of Still Life", essay for exh. catalogue of "Van Gogh. Stillleben", 2019 (provided by the teachers)

Students who intend to attend the course are invited to write before the of October 2019 to denis.viva@unitn.it in order to better organize the study travel


Students who cannot attend the lectures should plan with the professor a completely different topic and a different bibliography

Assessment methods and criteria

1) For attending students

The writing and presentation of a brief paper (around 10 pages) concerning one Contemporary still life (from late XVIII Century until today). The artwork will be selected along with professors

2) for atteding students who will not intend to present a paper
Written (with two questions) and further oral examition asking to: develop an art-historical and critical narration in order to conceptually gather some artworks; recognize, describe and comment specific artworks; aswer to art-historical and theoretical questions about the topic of the course; compare art critics texts and images.

3) for non-attending students
The same way as point 2, but on a different topic

The exam (options 1,2,3) will scrutinize the individual knowledge concerning the topic of the course; each own competence in autonomously conducting research and art-historical studies; theorical awareness and critical approach to the topic

The study travel is intended as a basic and fundamental part of the course

NOTES:
Students who intend to attend the course are invited to write before the of October 2019 to denis.viva@unitn.it in order to better organize the study travel


Students who cannot attend the lectures should plan with the professor (denis.viva@unitn.it) a completely different topic and a different bibliography