The study of Art History opens your eyes to the world around
you: you look at this world with more insight once you know how to
look and how to evaluate what you see. The lectures are
informative, they are interesting, and they are great fun!
Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00 noon: The Shock of the New: Art
and the Century of Change with Robert Hughes
Something radical happens in the world of art at the beginning
of the 20th Century. How do we account for the
apparent distortions of Cubism and other movements at the time?
With the guidance of Robert Hughes' text we will explore how
examples of industrial progress, such as the Eiffel Tower, trains,
and even balloons, affected the art of the early 20th
century. Why is the glimpse of reality we see in
Impressionism so different from the artistic views of the early
Picasso, Georges Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Juan Gris, Fernand
Léger, Robert Delaunay, the Futurist Umberto Boccioni , Gino
Severini, Giacomo Balla, Marino Marini, the sculptor Joseph
Epstein, Francis Picabia: these are the artists who will
inhabit our minds in this course on Cubism and Early
20th Century art.
Wednesday 6.00 - 7.30 pm Of Gods, Men and Minotaurs:
Classicism in Western Art
Take a figure such as the Minotaur or Mercury. Why does the
figure of the Minotaur appear so frequently in Picasso's
works? Why does Mercury Energy use the figure of
Mercury as its logo? Why is the classical scallop-shell a
symbol of St James in Christian art and yet is used by Botticelli
in his Birth of Venus? We will be looking at the way in which
elements of classicism feature in art through the ages up until
today including New Zealand art.