Being Modern: 1937–1979
The art made during Second World War and in the decades immediately afterwards will be the focus of this second module, and widens to focus beyond Europe to the wider world. It will cover modernist European artists forced into exile, particularly in the US, and the resulting explosion of the New York scene. Sessions include Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and the Colourfield painters. British artists examined will include Piper, Sutherland, Bacon, Freud and Hockney. There will be a particular focus on female artists this module, including Georgia O’ Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Helen Frankenthaler, Judy Chicago and Cindy Sherman.
This course will introduce you to some of the 20th century’s most intriguing artists and movements. It will explore the historical and sociological setting, and immerse students in the critical discourse and debates surrounding the work.
The class is open to all, and no previous experience of art history is necessary.
Although there is no formal homework, students will be given a reading and exhibition list. There will also be an opportunity to research and present to other students at the end of the course (although this is entirely voluntary!)
About the tutor
Susie Willis is an art-historian currently completing her PhD at Sussex University. She holds an MA from Sussex and a BA from Manchester.
Her research interests include the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, landscape and nationalism, women artists, feminism and post-colonial theory, and she has a particular interest in researching artistic collectives.