Art History 2014 Wednesday mornings and evenings

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 1900s?

Picasso, Georges Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Juan Gris, Fernand L├ęger, 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.