Custom Search



Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe

Spring 2012

Modernism in Context

January 18 Introduction to the Seminar
Topic Assignments
Introductory Discussion:

What is ‘Modern’?

January 25 Ancients and Moderns

Joan DeJean, Ancients against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siècle (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997): Cochran Library DC 128 .D45 1997

Joseph M. Levine, The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991): Cochran Library DA 485 .L48 1991

Herbert M. Schueller, “The Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns”, Source: Music and Letters, 41 (1960): 313-330: Online JSTOR

February 1 Modernism, Art and Society


Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe, Online Modernism

Patricia Maindari, “The Political Origins of Modernism”, Art Journal 45 (1985): 11-17: Online JSTOR

Fred Ross, Online Good Art/Bad Art: Pulling Back the Curtain

Robert Rosenblum, H.W. Janson, 19th Century Art (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1984): Cochran Library N 6425 .N4 R65 1984b

Website Workshop: 2:30
Smith Computer Lab (Library, Room 201)

February 8 NO SEMINAR

February 15 Realism in Context

REPORT A1: Molly Marks

Gerald Needham, 19th-Century Realist Art (New York: Harper & Row, 1988): Randolph College 760.0903 N37n

Linda Nochlin, Gustave Courbet: A Study of Style and Society (New York: Garland Publishers, 1976): Cochran ND553 .C9 N62 1976

Linda Nochlin, Realism (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971, 1985): Cochran N6465.R4 N6

Realism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

February 22 Impressionism in Context

REPORT A2: Charlotte Greenwood

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, 1874-1904; Sources and Documents (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1966): Cochran ND1265 .N58

Impressionism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

John Rewald, History of Impressionism (New York, 1973)

J. Rewald, Studies in Impressionism, ed. I. Gordon and F. Weitzenhofer (New York, 1986)

B. Denvir, ed. , The Impressionists at First Hand (London, 1987)

R. Herbert, Impressionism: Art, Leisure and Parisian Society (London, 1988)

February 29 Post-Impressionism in Context

REPORT A3: Molly Petchel

REPORT A4: Martha Kemp

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, 1874-1904; Sources and Documents (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1966): Cochran ND1265 .N58

Post-Impressionism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

J. Rewald, Post-Impressionism: From Van Gogh to Gauguin (New York, 1956, rev. 3/1978)

F. Elgar, The Post-Impressionists (Oxford, 1977)

B. Thomson, The Post-Impressionists (Oxford and New York, 1983, rev. 2/1990)

J. Rewald, Studies in Post-Impressionism (London, 1986)

March 7 Exressionism in Context

REPORT A5: Happy Lathrop

Expressionism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

B. Herbert, German Expressionism: Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter (London, 1983)

D. E. Gordon: Expressionism: Art and Idea (New Haven and London, 1987)

J. Lloyd: German Expressionism: Primitivism and Modernity (New Haven and London, 1991)


March 21 Cubism & Dada in Context

REPORT A6: Victoria Bradley

Cubism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

John Golding, Cubism: A History and an Analysis, 1907-1914 (Boston: Boston Book & Art Shop, 1968): Randolph College ND196.C8 G6 1968b

Christopher Green, Cubism and and its Enemies: Modern Movements and Reaction in French Art, 1916-1928 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987): Cochran Library N 6848.5 .C82 G7 1987

Alfred H. Barr, Jr, Cubism and Abstract Art (New York: Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Arno Press, 1966 [c1936]): Cochran Library N 6494 .C8

David Cottington, Cubism and its Histories (New York: Palgrave, 2004): Randolph College 709.04032 C84c 2004

REPORT B1: Molly Marks

Dada, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

International Dada Archive
Dada Manifesto (1916, Hugo Ball)
Dada Manifesto (1918, Tristan Tzara)
DADA1 (magazine, 1917)

Lucy Lippard, Dadas on Art (Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1971): Cochran Library NX600.D3 L5

Willy Verkauf (ed), Dada: Monograph of a Movement (London: Alec Tiranti, 1957): Cochran Library ND 1265 .V43 1957b

Robert Motherwell (ed), The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989): Randolph College 709.04 D121m

March 28 Surrealism in Context

REPORT B2: Molly Petchel

Surrealism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

Manifesto of Surrealism (1924, André Breton)

Surrealism and Communism

Wallace Fowlie, Age of Surrealism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1960): Cochran Library BH301.S75 F6 1960

Marcel Jean (ed), Autobiography of Surrealism (New York: Viking Press, 1980): Cochran Library NX600.S9 A95 1980

William S. Rubin, Surrealism, and their Heritage (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1968): Cochran Library N6490 .R77

April 4 Abstract Expressionism in Context

REPORT B3: Charlotte Greenwood

Abstract Expressionism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

Irving Sandler, The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism (New York, 1970): Cochran Library ND212.5 .A25 S2 1976

Charles Harrison: ‘Abstract Expressionism’, Concepts of Modern Art (London, 1974/1988, ed. N. Stangos), pp. 169–211 : Cochran Library N6490 .R53458 1974

Annette Cox, Art-as-politics: The Abstract Expressionist Avant-garde and Society (Ann Arbor, 1982): Cochran Library ND212.5.A25 C69 1982

Stephen Polcari, Abstract Expressionism and the Modern Experience (Cambridge, 1991): Randolph College 709.04052 P76a 1991

Robert Carleton Hobbs and Gail Levin, Abstract Expressionism, the Formative Years (New York, 1978): Cochran Library ND212.1.A25 H63

Michael Auping, ed., Abstract Expressionism: The Critical Developments (New York, 1987): Cochran Library ND212.5.A25 A22 1987

David Shapiro and Cecile Shapiro, eds., Abstract Expressionism: A Critical Record (Cambridge, 1989): Randolph College 709.04052 A161s 1990

Ann Eden Gibson, Abstract Expressionism: Other Politics (London, 1990): Randolph College 759.13 G44a

Clifford Ross, Abstract Expressionism: Creators and Critics (New York, 1990): Randolph College 709.04052 A162r 1990

April 11 Pop Art in Context

REPORT B4: Victoria Bradley

Pop Art, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

Michael Compton, Pop Art (Feltham, New York: Hamlyn, 1970) : Cochran Library N6494.P6 C6

Lucy Lippard, Pop Art (New York: Praeger, 1966) : Cochran Library N6490.L53

John Russell and Suzi Gablik, Pop Art Redefined (New York: Praeger, 1969) : Cochran Library N6494.P6 R82

Pop Art: Contemporary Perspectives (Princeton, NJ: Yale University Press, 2007) : Cochran Library N6494.P6 P673 2007

Blam! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism, and Performance, 1958-1964 (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1984) : Randolph College 709.73 H35b

Pop Art: An International Perspective, edited by Marco Livngstone (New York: Rizzoli, 1992) : Randolph College 709.04 P82L

April 18 Postmodern Art in Context

REPORT B5: Martha Kemp

Post-modernism, with a Bibliography (Oxford Art Online)

Andreas Huyssen, After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986) : Cochran Library N6494.P6 R82

Hal Foster (ed), The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture (Port Townsend, Washington: Bay Press, 1983) : Cochran Library BH 301 .M54 A57 1983

Joanthan Arac (ed), After Foucault: Humanistic Knowledge, Postmodern Challenges (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1988) : Cochran Library B2430.F724 A64 1988

Charles Jencks, Post-Modernism: The New Classicism in Art and Architecture (New York: Rizzoli, 1987) : Randolph College 709.04 J51p

Hal Foster (ed), Art since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (London: Thames & Hudson, 2011) : Randolph College Newly Acquired

Brian Wallis (ed), Art after Modernism: Rethinking Representation (New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1984) : Randolph College 709.04 A784w 1984

Hans Belting, Art History after Modernism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003) : Randolph College 709.04 B45e 2003

April 25 Contemporary Art in Context

REPORT B6: Happy Lathrop

Contemporary Art, with Bibliographies (Oxford Art Online)

May 4 1:30 p.m. Final Site Deadline