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ART H 209 A: Themes And Topics In Art History

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Marek Wieczorek
Marek Wieczorek

Syllabus Description:


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Instructor:         Marek Wieczorek   
Office hours:     F 10:30 noon and by appointment
Office:               355 Art building

TA:                    Lane Eagles 
Office hours:     T 11:20am - 1:20pm 
Office:               ART 318 

Classes will be MW in Savery 260 and T Kane 120, all 1:30-2:20pm, with sections on Thursday.

NOTE: This is a 'W'-credit course (a Writing Course). 

Ever wondered what Cubism is about, why Picasso's pictures look so funny, or why he got so famous for what he invented? This course will teach you why, but also get you to write about the how and the why of what may at first appear so challenging to even consider as art. It is my hope you will come to appreciate and even admire the art in the process.

This lecture and writing course covers the long and prolific career of what is really one of the great innovators of modern art, the Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). We will follow the artist from his beginnings as a precocious youth in the 1890s to his late style in the 1960s. Because Picasso’s oeuvre is so vast, we will focus on a selection of representative works from each period, with emphasis on the question of innovation in painting and sculpture—where and how did the artist contribute to the development of modern art? These questions will also drive the content and structure of writing exercises and papers for this course. Because close reading, writing, and discussion are integral parts of the course, class participation is vital to the success of the class as well as to your grade.

Catalog Description: 
Introduces students to new ideas, developing themes, and current research in art history and visual culture.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
January 7, 2017 - 9:01pm