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TECHNIQUES OF CONTEMPORARY ART
TECNICHE DELL'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Carlotta Castellani
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Art History (LM-89)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the transformations of artistic practices between the second half of the nineteenth century and the 1980s. The course includes the acquisition of specialized vocabulary and historical and philological skills aimed at contextualizing the transformations of artistic techniques, materials and processes in the context of contemporary social and cultural dynamics. Particular attention will be paid to the technical-scientific evolutions and developments of the consumer society that have allowed rapid evolutions in artistic practice.

Program

The course unfolds through a series of case studies relating to individual works divided into four periods distributed as follows:

- Second half of the nineteenth century (changes in painting between theories of color and developments in science, industry and technology): 4 lessons

- Avant-garde (artistic photography, collage, film and photo-collage, ready-made, objet trouvé) 5 lessons

- Return to order (resumption of traditional techniques) 3 lessons

- From the second post-war period to the New Media (new materials, assembly, happening, performance, installation, environment and video) 6 lessons

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Students will have to acquire mature critical-analytical skills in the recognition of the works examined in class or present in the manuals. They will have to demonstrate the ability to distinguish the different artistic techniques and describe their material as well as stylistic characteristics with the use of specific terminology. They will have to contextualize the different artistic practices within the context of contemporary social and cultural dynamics and demonstrate maturity of critical re-elaboration and autonomy of investigation.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

There are no teaching support activities.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

In-class lessons.

Attendance

In order to be considered attending students, students must attend at least two-thirds of the lessons. 

Course books

1) Textbooks:

F. Belloni, Dal Postimpressionismo al contemporaneo (vol. V), in Arte. Una storia naturale e civile, a cura di S. Settis e T. Montanari, Mondadori Education - Einaudi Scuola, Milano 2019.

2) Additional focus:

Simona Rinaldi, Colore e pittura: teorie cromatiche e tecniche pittoriche dall'Impressionismo all'Astrattismo, Aracne, Roma 2004.

Silvia Bordini (a cura di), "Arte contemporanea e tecniche. Materiali, procedimenti, sperimentazioni", Carocci, Roma 2007.

Assessment

The final evaluation will be based on the following criteria

a) punctuality and attendance at lessons, class participation: 30% (9/30 of the final grade)

b) assessment through a final exam. Assessment will take place through an oral exam. This exam will consist in the recognition of three artworks among those studied in class or present in the reference manuals (7 + 7 + 7 = 21/30). For each image, starting from the recognition of the author, the title and the year, the student must be able to describe the technique of execution using the specific terminology. The student will then have to broaden the analysis by placing the work in the evolution of the individual artist's oeuvre as well as in its historical context, and then contextualize the various artistic practices in the context of contemporary social and cultural dynamics, demonstrating maturity in critical re-elaboration and appropriate knowledge of the bibliography: 70 % (21/30 of the final grade)

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Individual study.

Course books

Textbook:

F. Belloni, Dal Postimpressionismo al contemporaneo (vol. V), in Arte. Una storia naturale e civile, a cura di S. Settis e T. Montanari, Mondadori Education - Einaudi Scuola, Milano 2019.

Addditional focus:

Simona Rinaldi, Colore e pittura: teorie cromatiche e tecniche pittoriche dall'Impressionismo all'Astrattismo / Roma: Aracne ; 2004

Silvia Bordini (a cura di), "Arte contemporanea e tecniche. Materiali, procedimenti, sperimentazioni", Carocci, Roma 2007.

John Gage, Colore e cultura. Usi e significati dall'antichità all'arte astratta, Istituto poligrafico e zecca dello stato, Libreria dello stato, Roma 2001

Assessment

Assessment will take place through a final oral exam. This exam will consist in:

a) the recognition of three artworks among those present in the reference manuals (7 + 7 + 7 = 21/30). For each image, starting from the recognition of the author, the title and the year, the student must be able to describe the technique of execution using the specific terminology. The student will then have to broaden the analysis by placing the work in the evolution of the individual artist's oeuvre as well as in its historical context, and then contextualize the various artistic practices in the context of contemporary social and cultural dynamics, demonstrating maturity in critical re-elaboration and appropriate knowledge of the bibliography: 70 % (21/30 of the final grade)

b) Two open questions on the supplementary text: John Gage, Colore e cultura. Usi e significati dall'antichità all'arte astratta, Istituto poligrafico e zecca dello stato, Libreria dello stato, Roma 2001

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