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Week 2 -
Proto Modernism

Week 3 -
Modernism and Fine Art Movements

Week 4 -
Utopian Visions

Week 5 -
The Bauhaus

Week 6 -
The Material Culture and Consumerism

Week 7 -
The Design Profession

Week 8 -
Corporate Design

Week 9 -
Term 1 Review

Week 10 -
Written Test

Mid Semester Break

Week 11 -
National Identity in Design

Week 12 -
Design and Reconstruction

Week 13 -
Humanist Design

Week 14 -
Non Contact Week

Week 15 -
Mid Century Modern - Written Assignment Due

Week 16 -
Women and Design

Week 17 -
High Tech Architecture
& Contemporary Modernism

Week 18 -
Term 2 Review

Week 19 -
Written Test

Week 6 - The Material Culture and Consumerism

Videos watched:

Jasper Johns - Abstract Expressionism in New York, developed into Pop Art. Used a technique called 'encaustic' (painting in wax mixed with pigments) painted repetitive images such as targets and flags. By the 1990's, he'd become one of the US's foremost artists, representing the USA at the Venice bienalle.

Roy Lichtenstein - Pop Art. Blew up cartoon-strip images and painted them meticulously using dots to mimic the printing process. We see him working in his studio with an assistant, which brings up the issue of the role of the artist today. Many contemporary artists today don't actually make any of their work with their own hands, they just conceptualise and then hand it over to technicians. Consider the basis from which this has developed.

Video specified - American Visions.

Last year, we watched two episodes of Robert Hughes "American Visions" eight-part series, "Wave From the Atlantic" and "Streamlines & Breadlines". If you didn't see them, let me know & I can arrange for you to see them in your own time.

"American Visions," an eight-part series on American art written and narrated by Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes, is both an account of American life and a tribute to American art that will likely propel thousands of the not-yet-converted into museums and galleries, antiques shows and auction rooms to see (and inevitably shop) for themselves. Filmed in 100 locations around the country, covering everything from Quaker to Shaker, George Washington to Bierstadt, Remington to Warhol, and the skyscrapers of New York City, Hughes has applied his considerable wit and imagination to the problem of revealing how art records and preserves both points of view and ways of life. It is American history told through art, not merely a history of art. It offers a perspective that is refreshingly elevating and inclusive. antiquesandthearts.com/archive/vision.htm








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