This course will focus on the modern period in Australian art from the early twentieth century to the 1960s. It deals with a wide range of issues centring on modernity and modernism and will place Australian art within an international context. Key debates around nationalism, provincialism and gender will be considered in depth. Topics will include responses to war, the contribution of/migr/artists, the relationship between art and politics and the role of women artists. A particular emphasis of the course will be on photographic practice as an emblem of modernity; the work of photographers Max Dupain, Olive Cotton and Wolfgang Sievers will be closely examined.
The course will employ contemporary methodological approaches to illuminate this crucial period in Australian art and cultural life.
Classes will be taught primarily at the National Gallery of Australia and will be based on the NGA collection, using works on display as well as works in storage. Students will be expected to engage directly with works of art in different media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, the decorative arts as well as photography. The course complements 'Contemporary Australian art', also offered by the Art Theory Workshop, which deals with the period from the 1970s to the present.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of important aspects of modernist art in Australia
- Relate developments in modernist art to contemporary visual culture
- Analyse and interpret works of Australian modernist art in different media
- Present written and oral arguments about modernist art in Australia.
1000 word written essay (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
2500 word essay (45%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
8 minute tutorial presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4078||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||31 Mar 2020||29 May 2020||In Person||N/A|