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ART409: Art Now: Global Visual Culture

This class studies contemporary approaches to art?making with a special focus on global imagery.

This class studies contemporary approaches to art?making with a special focus on global imagery. The 20th century witnessed an unprecedented explosion of artistic movements, approaches and styles that continue to influence 21st-century art making. The class will examine various art genres, including cubism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, pop art, photo realism, conceptual art and post-conceptual art. Discussions of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Maya Lin, Jackson Pollock, Kara Walker, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei and Jeff Koons will be an integral premise for the class.?The investigation of creative connections between artists and movements is a recurring topic, as are the art market, galleries and museums. The class will learn about various art-making processes; for instance, a contemporary artist might use nontraditional tools and materials such as a 3-D printer and discarded items found on the street. Class materials exploration and a trip to the Institute of Contemporary?Art in Boston will enhance learning and heighten creative understanding of the movements.