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The Other Side of the Avante-Garde: Twentieth Century Women's Art History (6 points)


Leader: Annette Van den Bosch

Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The unit examines the different forms of art practice and career structures of women artists in Europe and America in the twentieth century. The content covers the distinctive themes and imagery of women artists, questions concerning the nature of historical evidence in art history, the critical reception of women's art and their representation in museums. The unit will address feminist aesthetics and themes in women's art practice such as the representation of the body, expressionist and surrealist tendencies, documentary photography, sculpture and architectural practice, abstraction, colour and pattern painting, political, feminist and post-colonial art practices.

Assessment: Essay (3000 words): 60% + Visual analysis test (1 hour): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Visual Culture or Women's Studies

Prohibitions: VSA3150

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