Understanding Contemporary Art Online Short Course

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This short and focused course will survey the contemporary art world, and trace a history of contemporary art which will help you make sense of its increasingly challenging and innovative works.

Topics Covered

  • What is contemporary art?
  • What reference does contemporary art make to the past?
  • Art history and historical analysis
  • Artwork analysis
  • Contextual research
  • Explanation and interpretation
  • Performance art
  • Conceptual art
  • Consumer culture and art
  • Abstract expressionism
  • Pop art
  • Art and the dawn of the internet
  • Global contemporary art
  • Rise of the art market

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will be able to;

  • Trace a basic map of the contemporary art world, from c. 1945 to 2000
  • Link later 20th century movements such as performance art, internet art, pop art and more
  • Analyse artwork through the use of art historical frameworks
  • Understand the fundamental differences between modern and contemporary art
  • Connect artworks to multiple influences and ideas from recent history
  • Have a basic knowledge of some of the most influential living artists

Level: Intermediate. Students will benefit from some prior knowledge but no academic background is necessary.

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