Conducted in English
Taught by Christopher Wood
This course will cover the history of art in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland from 1800 to the present. The main theme will be the relation between German art and the eminent German tradition of philosophical and critical writing on art. The course will offer lectures on the major artists and their works, classroom discussion of the works as well as assigned texts, and at least two field trips to New York museums. The readings will be mostly primary sources: artists’ writings and manifestos, art theory and criticism, aesthetics. Protagonists in the course will include the artists Friedrich, Runge, Menzel, Böcklin, von Marées, Klinger, Liebermann, Klimt, Schiele, Kirchner, Nolde, Kollwitz, Albers, MoholyNagy, Höch, Haussmann, Heartfield, Sander, Klee, Beckmann, Beuys, Richter, Kiefer, Polke, Baselitz, Kippenberger, Trockel, Darboven, West, Struth, Gursky, Rauch, Schlingensief, Steyerl, v. Bonim, Hirschhorn, and Althoff; and the writers and thinkers Goethe, Tieck and Wackenroder, Hegel, Marx, Worringer, Hildebrand, Wölfflin, Kandinsky, Benjamin, and Adorno.
Generally the Monday class will be devoted to lectures providing basic introductions to the material; historical framework; and guidelines to interpretation of the artworks and texts. In the Wednesday classes, devoted to class discussion, we will analyze and discuss the works of art and the texts.