School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

The Art of Modern LifeWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101266.2

Discipline: FINE ARTS

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Jacqueline Millner

Equivalent Units
10274 - Art of Modern Life

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
This unit studies the period 1850-1900 and examines the distinct art of the time in relation to changing notions of modernity. A major strand is analyzing the complexity of realism; questioning the so-called objectivity of vision and discussing realism as a social issue, as a threat to existing values and power structures resulting in the depoliticisation of artists. Another strand is feminine visual culture and women's experience of modernism in the 19th century. The unit also includes French architecture of the period and aims to acquaint students with a broad range of buildings and innovative construction techniques, as well as theoretical and philosphical debates and issues relating to 19th century architecture.


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