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ARTH 11 — Ten Masters of Modern and Contemporary Art: From René Magritte to Cindy Sherman

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Jul 24
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 9
Unit: 1
Tuition: $310
Instructor(s): Sidra Stich
7:00—8:50 pm
Jun 26—Jul 24
5 weeks
Drop By
Jul 9
1 Unit
Sidra Stich
When we think about modern and contemporary artists, some names immediately come to mind. These artists brought continual creativity and innovation to their work. They also 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 had been thinking about art. They are exemplars of seminal movements in the development of modernism and postmodernism, and also had a marked influence on a diverse span of international artists.

In this course, each class session will examine a pair of artists who are usually viewed as participants in the same conceptual framework even though their approaches to art are distinctly different from each other. Associations with Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Process Art, Photography, and Conceptual Art are prevalent and will be discussed. The five pairs are René Magritte and Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee and Anni Albers, Donald Judd and Eva Hesse, Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter, and Lorna Simpson and Cindy Sherman. This 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.

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. She has received fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery, and the American Academy in Berlin. She has written guidebooks on contemporary art and architecture in France, Britain and Ireland, Italy, Paris, Spain, and San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

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