Fall 2017 Abstract Expressionism
(AHS 4501-80)

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This seminar on Abstract Expressionism, one of the major American art movements of the twentieth century, will be organized around methodological questions and critical debates. The readings, class discussions, and writing assignments will address the following topics: Clement Greenberg's legacy and its critiques; Cold War politics; postwar artistic subjectivity; structuralism, semiotics and abstraction; post-structuralism and abstraction; and identity and abstraction. Artists to be considered include Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis and others.

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