Theory: Art & Abstraction (gLV) 

Alternative Geographies, Timelines and Capabilities

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Nummer und TypBFA-BFA-Th.23F.007 / Moduldurchführung
VeranstalterDepartement Fine Arts
LeitungAnke Kempkes
Anzahl Teilnehmendemaximal 17
ECTS3 Credits
VoraussetzungenCourse language: English
ZielgruppenBA Fine Arts students
Open for exchange students

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Lernziele / Kompetenzen
  • Learning about 20th and 21st-century art history, avant-garde theory, art criticism, feminist art history, queer theory
InhalteAbstract Art in the 20th century –De Stijl, Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus, Concrete Art – before WW II, and Abstract Expressionism, Informel, Minimal Art in the post-war neo-avant-garde has mostly been told from a Eurocentric/Western perspective. Questioning such hegemonic and patriarchal historiography, we will look at parallel developments and alternative timelines in the global South and focus on the contribution of women artists to modern abstract art. A model will be the exhibition “Konkret Global!” curated by Anke Kempkes in 2022.
In the 21st century we will look into the reappearance of abstract art under the conditions of Postmodernism (e.g. Tomma Abts, Wade Guyton, and others).
Latest political perspectives on abstraction in a time marked by a crisis of representation are formulated e.g. by David J. Getsy in queer abstraction, and Darby English with his focus on African-American modernism.

Anke Kempkes (*1968) is a curator, art historian and critic specialised in female avant-Garde, 20th-century abstract movements, surrealism, minimal dance and Avant-Garde, Queer Modernism and Performativity. In 2003/2004, she held the position of Chief Curator at Kunsthalle Basel, CH. From 2005–2017, she ran anresearch institute and gallery focused on the re-introduction of female (neo) avant-garde artists from the US, Europe and Latin America, (USA). In 2021-22, she held the position of Director of Instituto Susch and Curator at Large at Art Stations Foundation / Muzeum Susch, CH.
Her writing includes essays on Alina Szapocznikow, Mária Bartuszová, Wanda Czełkowska, Teresa Murak, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Evelyne Axell, Rosemarie Castoro, Lydia Okumura, Verena Loewensberg, Mary Vieira, Heidi Bucher, Sonja Sekula, and Teruko Yokoi.
Bibliographie / LiteraturWill be handed out during the course
Leistungsnachweis / TestatanforderungMandatory attendance (minimum 80%); active participation
TermineTime: 09:15 - 17:00 o'clock

CW 19: 08 / 09 / 10 / 11 / 12 May
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