The impacts of changing media forms in modernism, for example the role of photography and/or film.
¡§Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.¡¨ ¡V Baudelaire
Baudelaire, C 1863, ¡¥The Painter of Modern Life¡¦, in The Painter of Modern
Life and other essays, trans. J Mayne, Phaidon, London, pp.1-40.
Discuss this quotation using three artworks that demonstrate the critical tensions in early Modernism.
¡§The essence of Modernism lies, as I see it, in the use of characteristic methods of a discipline to criticize the discipline itself, not in order to subvert it but in order to entrench it more firmly in its area of competence.¡¨ ¡V Greenberg
Greenberg, C 1982 , ¡¥Modernist Painting¡¦, in F Frascina and C Harrison (eds.), Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology, Harper and Row, New York, p.5.
Discuss Clement Greenberg¡¦s formalism / essentialism in the context of media-specificity with reference to at least one of the discussions (disagreements) of Greenberg¡¦s ideas presented by Fried, Cavell or Krauss.
Write an essay that shows your understanding of the decline of the ideology of modernism in the arts and the emergence of a wide range of experimental practices. Use at least three artworks to support your argument.
Write an essay that examines the impacts of changing media forms in modernism, for example the role of photography and/or film. Use at least three artworks to support the argument. For example, this essay might look at the impact of photography on painting, or the way that photography and film shifted understandings of time and motion.
Write an essay that addresses gender in Modernism. This essay must include a critical reflection on the place of women (eg. as muse/object, as author/artist, etc.), and is not to simply be a survey of individual women artists.
Write an essay that examines the impacts of the city on artists in Modernism. This might focus on either the growth of the Parisian arcades or the Situationists¡¦ remapping of the city or Vertov¡¦s use of the city as a site for visual movement.
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