HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
Section: 003 Size Matters: Questions of Scale in Recent Sculpture
Term: FA 2010
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course to examine the debates that have taken place about the nature and function of sculpture over the past century, as well many of the key works that have provoked these debates. It will consider the different forms taken by modern sculpture, from the figures and objects of Giacometti and constructions of David Smith, to the process work of Eva Hesse, the performance and installation orientated art of Beuys and Morris, and the psychologically charged images and assemblages of Nauman and Bourgeois. The course will discuss artists' efforts to fashion things that relate to everyday life and yet are not simply consumer objects. It also will explores the interventions made in spaces outside a gallery setting, including the land art of Robert Smithson, Oldenburg's giant everyday objects, Serra's blackened steel walls and Henry Moore's biomorphic blobs. Modern culture celebrates endless change, and yet it hankers after permanence and monumentality. Sculpture is right there at the centre of this split — and at times uncomfortable, at times reassuring presence, both throw-away gesture and stable thing. Teaching is by way of seminar discussion. Assessment is based on two slide tests and an end-of-term essay. There is a required course reader that will be made available at the beginning of the term. For preliminary reading, you are recommended to consult Rosalind Krauss, Passages in Modern Sculpture (1981), available in paperback.

HISTART 489 - Special Topics in Art and Culture
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003 (SEM)
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W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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