The course is meant to provide a historical and methodological introduction to the main issues of art in the second half of the 20th century, of its relationship with other arts and with the general historical context. Movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Informel, Neo-Dada, Pop Art, Minimalism, Post-Minimalism, Land art, Conceptual Art, and Transavanguardia will be discussed.
Abstract Expressionism and Infomel (12 hours)
Neo-Dada and Pop Art (12 hours)
Minimalism, Conceptual, Post-Minimalism, and Land Art (12 hours)
Return to Painting (and its discontents) (6 hours)
Edward Lucie-Smith, Movements in Art Since 1945, London, Thames and Hudson, 2020 (4th and revised edition).
Other readings will be assigned, if necessary, during the course.