This course will survey sculpture in Europe and the United States from about 1800 to the present, with an emphasis on the period from 1890 to 1980. A rapid traverse of Neoclassicism, Realism, and the rage for statuary during the later 19th century will take us to the work of Rodin and to a more systematic exploration of developments in the sculpture of the 20th century. Particular emphasis will also be placed upon the work of Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp, Giacometti, Oppenheim, David Smith, Serra, Morris, Judd, Hesse, and Bourgeois. An important theme running through the course as a whole -- from an age of nationalism and manufacturing to our own time of networks and information -- is the changing definition of sculpture itself within its social and political context. We will also explore various new artistic practices (e.g., video, performance, installations, body art) and interrogate their relationship to sculptural tradition and innovation. Prerequisite: L01 113, L01 215, or permission of instructor.
Course Attributes: FA AH; EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; GF AH; AH MEA