Explore two of the most important artistic themes relating to 20th century art: abstraction and the sublime. Through series of lectures, seminars, discussions and debates, artist and tutor of Critical Studies, Joseph Long, you will be guided through the work of significant artists and thinkers who have opened up new forms of engagement with the phenomenal world. Since the early 1900's, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art, and the sublime has underlined the nobility of classicism, the awe of romantic nature and the terror of the gothic. This course will help you develop your knowledge of art history and your understanding of what characterises contemporary abstraction and the sublime.
Joseph Long is an artist and lecturer based in London and Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. He has taught at the University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of Art, Brighton University, Falmouth University and University Centre Hastings. His academic research focuses on modern and contemporary art, investigating in particular aspects of late nineteenth and twentieth century art that relate to the emergence of modernism.