Discussion Topics and Issues Week 23-28

  • Issues to explore in class discussion and written assignments in weeks 23 - 28: 

    How do new scientific discoveries such as x-ray technology influence the work of 20th century artists? 

    Why does African sculpture have a radicalizing effect on many early 20th century European artists?  How do European artists incorporate formal elements of African art?

    How do we account for the proliferation of styles in the 20th century? 

    To what extent do these artists reflect society?  To what extent do they reflect a growing gulf between society and its artists? 

    How important is it, if at all, that the work of these artists is more inaccessible to today's general viewing public than work done in earlier times? 

    What is the significance of the emergence of non-figurative art?  

    Does the definition of art change during the 20th century?

    In what ways do these artists explore issues raised by contemporary events and by thinkers such as Nietzsche, Bergson, Freud, and Jung? 

    What formal devices do 20th century artists develop in order to achieve their goals? 

    How are major world events, particularly the World Wars, reflected in the art of the century?

    How can we learn to appreciate works of art that don't appeal to us aesthetically? 

    When artists intend to shock and anger us, what techniques do they use?

    What is the best way to TEACH non-objective art to people who know nothing about it?

    What impact have the Civil Rights and feminist movements had on art?  How effective have artistic images done by members of these movements, as well as members of other marginalized groups, been in bringing about social change?

    What exactly is Post Modernism?  What has been the impact of Post Modern theory on artistic patronage and production?

    Where do we go from here?  What artistic frontiers remain?