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ARTH 42 — Ten Cutting-Edge Artists from the Postwar Era to the Present

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 15—Feb 12
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 28
Unit: 1
Tuition: $315
Instructor(s): Sidra Stich
Status: Open
Please Note: FULL SCHEDULE: Class sessions: 5 Tuesdays, January 15 – February 12, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Field trip to SFMOMA: Date to be announced in class
Winter
On-campus
Tuesdays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Jan 15—Feb 12
5 weeks
Drop By
Jan 28
1 Unit
Fees
$315
Instructor(s):
Sidra Stich
Open
Please Note: FULL SCHEDULE: Class sessions: 5 Tuesdays, January 15 – February 12, 7:00 – 8:50 pm; Field trip to SFMOMA: Date to be announced in class
Soon after World War II, when modern American art became a bastion of avant-garde creativity, the prevailing notion of a chronological progression of styles became moot. In its place, the visual arts began to expand in a multitude of directions in all media. Some developments were group-oriented, others were specific to a single individual. At the forefront was the work of cutting-edge artists who took unconventional approaches to subject matter, style, materials, and methodology. By setting forth new ideas and challenging existing conventions, they radically changed the way we think about art. As exemplars of seminal movements in the evolution of modernism and postmodernism, they had a marked influence on a diverse span of artists.

In each class session of this course, we will examine a pair of artists whose work is dissimilar in its outward appearance yet rooted in fundamental similarities. Associations with Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, conceptual art, Pop art, photography, architecture, and performance art are prevalent. The five pairs are Mark Rothko and Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein and Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Gehry and Richard Serra, and Barbara Kruger and Marina Abramovic. The course will focus on the transformative art itself and the contexts in which it emerged and matured. It will explore relevant cultural, social, and political developments, and will discuss other artists whose work was shaped by the creativity of the ten featured artists.

This course includes a field trip to SFMOMA. Ticket cost and transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

Sidra Stich, Former Chief Curator, Berkeley Art Museum

Sidra Stich received a PhD in art history from UC Berkeley and has taught and curated exhibitions of modern and contemporary art since 1980.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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