This course follows the story of Western avant-garde visual art in the early 20th century (c.1900-1960s), and follows on from my earlier 'Looking at Art' course. Covering movements such as cubism, surrealism, modernism, De Stijl, abstract expressionism and neo Dada, we consider what artists might have been seeking to achieve and say, and how they were influenced both by the historical/cultural context in which they worked and by other artists, including those of earlier centuries. The course has a strong emphasis on developing techniques for 'looking' (formal analysis) and on feeling at ease with talking about works. Everyone is encouraged to participate in small group exercises and plenary discussions and to make an end-of-term presentation. Please make sure you will be able to attend the first two sessions. Visits to the Fitzwilliam and Kettle's Yard will be arranged if possible.