- Department: History of Art
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. James Boaden
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
This module will look at Pop Art as an international art movement from the 1950s to the present. Pop Art remains one of the most influential artistic movements of the Twentieth Century – with much art made in our own century dependent on its strategies and ideas. This module will reconsider Pop through a number of critical frameworks which will attempt to understand its historical origins, its contemporary relevance, and its global spread.
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This module aims to develop clear and detailed thinking about the way in which art intersects with mass media and the way in which art criticism, the market and the museum work in a systematic way to frame our understanding of works of art. The way in which that system is affected by factors such as gender, sexuality, race, and class (and the intersection of those factors) will be a particular focus of study. These issues develop key skills for thinking about both the display and sale of art works.
Indicative seminars would include:
Modern Art and Mass Culture
The Everyday and Aspiration
Pop and Media
The Hard Core of Pop
Pop, Politics and Social Class
Pop Art and Gender
Pop and Celebrity Culture
Students should be able to
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Alonso, Rodrigo, ed. Pop Realismi e Politica: Brasile-Argentina anni Sessanta. Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale, 2013.
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Mercer, Kobena. "Introduction." In Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures, 7-33. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press, 2007.
Minioudaki, Kalliopi, and Sid Sachs. Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968. New York: Brooklyn Museum, 2010.
Morgan, Jessica, ed. The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop. London: Tate, 2015.
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Tomii,Reiko, ed. Shinohara Pops!. New Palz: Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 2012.
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