Abstraction and the sublime – art history

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Abstraction and the sublime – art history:

This course will explore two of the most important artistic themes relating to 20th century art: Abstraction and The Sublime. Through a series of lectures and seminars, course tutor Joseph Long will guide you through the work of significant artists and thinkers who have opened up new forms of engagement with the phenomenal world. Since the early 1900s, 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.

During lectures, workshops and seminars, you will learn how many of the greatest 20th century artists considered Abstract Art to have a moral dimension, standing for virtues such as order, purity, simplicity and spirituality, whilst others approached the Sublime as a way of expressing a greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement or imitation. This course is designed to help you develop your knowledge of art history and develop your understanding of what characterizes contemporary abstraction and the sublime. This course is suitable for visual artists, writers and makers. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of art history and of creative processes.

Additional entry requirements

This course is for those with little or no experience and for those who have taken a related course. This course is suited to those who would like a structured introduction to a subject, with further building of skills to work towards independent practice.

Course reference: SWE08397 (use this when contacting provider)

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Chichester, PO18 0QZ


2 days


Full time


No Qualification


Beginner Intermediate Advanced

per course

More info: Arrival day: Friday; Course runs on weekend.

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