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Art History: 1860 to Today

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Art History: 1860 to Today

How does a work of art become an integral part of art history?

Art History: 1860 to Today offers an introduction to the histories of Western modern and contemporary art and provides a foundation in the knowledge and skills of art history. Focusing on critical figures including Manet, Cassat, Picasso, Duchamp, and Koons, as well as essential styles and movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Minimalism, this course moves from charting the rise of Impressionism in nineteenth-century Paris to examining the impact of globalization on art practice in the twenty-first century. Each week’s online discussions and activities lead students through the relevant themes of a particular period, so students can develop their visual analysis skillset and practice writing and discussing art with specific and essential terminology.

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  • Date
    January 24 - March 19
  • Duration
    8 Weeks
  • Type
    Flexible Course
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  • Topics
    • Art History,
    • Contemporary Art
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  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Morgan Falconer

Faculty, MA Contemporary Art, New York

Morgan Falconer is a critic and art historian. Educated at the University of Leeds, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, he completed a Ph.D. on American modernist culture at University College London. He recently completed a history of painting after 1945 entitled Painting Beyond Pollock, published by Phaidon in March 2015.

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Georgia Krantz

Adjunct Faculty, Online

Georgia Krantz is an art historian with a focus on modern and contemporary art. She has taught at the New School and Pratt Institute as well as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, the International Center of Photography and other New York City institutions. She currently teaches graduate studies at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch/NYU. Krantz is also involved professionally in art education for people with disabilities, specializing in teaching people who are blind about art.

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  • About Flexible Courses

    About Flexible Courses

    This flexible online course is delivered in weekly modules consisting of recorded lectures, instructor-guided discussion boards, and supplementary resources. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have read-only access to the course materials for an additional 90 days after the course end date.

    Review the online course Terms and Conditions.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    To identify and define essential terminology used in art historical practice and scholarly research.

    To recognize and describe styles and periods in Western art history from the 1860’s to the present day.

    To define and implement vocabulary to communicate confidently and effectively about art and artists.

    To synthesize compelling analytical arguments around artworks and artists.

    To evaluate evidence from a range of scholarly sources relating to art.

  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 5 IACET Continuing Education Units. *

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.

    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.