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Westfield State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog/Handbook

ART 0350 - Contemporary Art and Contemporary Beholder


Credits: 3

This seminar will examine the fundamental characteristic of Modern Art, i.e., its non-realistic nature. Students will study why it has proved difficult for viewers to accept and critics to explain that works of Modern Art are not descriptions or illusions of actuality. Main trends of Modern Art, such as Cubism, Abstractionism, and Abstract Expressionism will be investigated. The works of Picasso, Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian and others will be analyzed in relation to traditional Western European Art and the validity of its traditional criteria.