Image Scavengers: Collage, Montage, and Appropriation in 20th Century Art
This course introduces students to a broad cross section of 20th century art and culture through the study of the related creative techniques of collage, assemblage, montage, construction, and appropriation. The collage technique (the incorporation of found or appropriated “non-original” or “non-art” material) is arguably the most significant and original technical innovation of 20th century art. During the past century, these techniques have been central to questioning traditional pictorial and sculpture models, conceptions of the nature of the art object, the connection of art to reality, the relation of high art to popular culture, and the commodity status of art. In short, these techniques have been central to the theorization of modern and contemporary art. We will examine the deployment of these techniques in the context of Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Constructivism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and more recent art. Through the close study of works of art employing these techniques and relevant primary texts, this course will provide students with a visually informed critical understanding of some of the central issues of 20th century art.
Prerequisites: Art History core course