Contemporary Art Practices Art History 2


This module concentrates on works of art from the late 18th C, Modernist and Postmodern periods. The lectures aim to introduce the ideologies of each movement as they occurred in the cultural context of action and reaction to previous movements. Texts by contemporary writers who have challenged traditional approaches to the discipline are presented to aid consideration of revised historiography incorporating Post-Marxist, Feminist and Postcolonial theories. The lectures present a wide range of artists work centring on the European avant-garde and the spread of modern art in America. A field trip to galleries and museums will be organized for participants. A range of audio visual materials will be presented in the lectures, with adjacent textual resources, links and activities posted on Moodle. The module aims to deepen the students’ understanding of art and their own development as artists.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the roots of Modernism in the build-up to the 20th C.

  2. Recognize and analy se key works of art in their historic and ideological contexts from the period of the French Revolution to the postmodern period .

  3. Appreciate the roles of action and reaction in 20 th C art production and practice and the changing evaluation of Modernism.

  4. Be cognizant of the relationship of new technologies and materials to modern art production and practice.

  5. Become familiar with important literature and learning resources of the lecture topics.

  6. Write and present written critical reflections employing academic methods of research and citation.

  7. Develop their visual memory and build a framework of reference to key art works.

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