In the past thirty years contemporary art has grown to be one of the most exciting and crowded fields in the international art world. This course offers an in-depth guide to the art of our time, surveying all the definitive trends from the 1980s to the present day, and tracing how the global market for art has kept pace. You will examine the impact of film, video and photography, as well as changes to traditional methods like painting and drawing, while considering the rise and fall of key ideas like postmodernism, conceptualism, and relational aesthetics. Through online lectures, readings, group discussions, image research and brief weekly writing assignments you have the opportunity to look at both the work of some of contemporary art's established names, as well as those just emerging onto the scene.
By the end of this course:
- You will identify the most significant styles and themes of contemporary art.
- You will become familiar with the work of the most important and critically acclaimed artists of the period.
- You will discuss works of art using the key critical ideas of the period.