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Seminar in Modernist Art and Theory: Banal Aesthetics

ART 565/MOD 565/ARC 585

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What is 'banality', and why have so many artists, authors, architects, and others been drawn to it? How can we distinguish the banal from the commonplace, the everyday, the trivial, the vulgar, the vernacular, and related terms - and why do so? What aesthetics can be discovered in the banal? What politics?
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Section S01