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Understanding Modern Art

Phillip Chan, MFA

This two-lecture series will discuss twentieth-century modern art on the philosophical, psychological, and formal level.

January 11: Toward Modernism: From Romanticism to Impressionism

Both Romanticism and Impressionism are considered part of the modern-art movement. This lecture actually begins with the Renaissance and moves quickly to the late eighteenth century then into the nineteenth century, focusing on a formal issue with Romanticism and an epistemological issue with Impressionism.

January 25: Formal Modernism

Formal Modernism is at the heart of developing the language of modern art. It focuses on the impact that Cubism had in redirecting twentieth-century art toward abstraction. It begins with Cezanne, then moves onto Analytic Cubism, Synthetic Cubism, Constructivism, and Geometric Abstraction. Understanding formal modernism is absolutely necessary for anyone to truly understand modern art.

Instructor: Born in China, Phillip Chan came to America at the age of 10. He lived for several years in Cleveland and then spent his formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Receiving his MFA from UC Berkeley in 1976, he taught for 14 years as an itinerant teacher throughout America. In 1992, he settled in Ohio, teaching art at Youngstown State University until his retirement in 2011. Currently living in San Diego, Chan remains a committed and active artist.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70091   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
01/11/2018 - 01/25/2018 In-class 128843 $0.00 Full

Day and Time: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla