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Twentieth Century Art Movements

Spring 2012
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9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 2012


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This course examines the fundamental issues and theories surrounding the art production and reception of Modern Art in Europe and America through the twentieth century. Framed by discussions of Post-Impressionist painting of the 1880s and the Post-Modern pluralist art of the 1980s, we will examine how theories of human nature, art, and spirituality informed the creation and interpretation of painting, sculpture, architecture and mixed-media works in their specific cultural, social and political arenas. This class will trace two major tendencies in Modern Art in a basically chronological fashion: first, abstraction from nature or “reality” to locate an objective essence of form and vision in artworks from Cubism, Purism, Futurism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Minimalism and Pop; second the more subjective and romantic “turning within” that constitutes the artworks and theories of Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Neo-Expressionism.  

Meet Your Professor

School of Art

PAUL IVEY, a winner of two Humanities Seminar Superior Teaching Awards, teaches modern and contemporary art in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. His research interests include the built environments of alternative American religions and spirituality in contemporary art. His most recent book is Radiance from Halcyon, A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science (2013), a revealing history of a surprisingly influential theosophical utopian community.


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