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Art Now: Contemporary Art Since 1990

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Art Now: Contemporary Art Since 1990

Today’s art world can be both playful and challenging, infuriating and trite - seeing record-breaking sales and continued visibility at high status events such as Miami Beach’s Art Basel to Banksy’s spectacle at the Sotheby’s auction house in London in 2018.

This course will focus on identifying the key artists, as well as the central themes – from technology to globalism – addressed in contemporary art, featuring exclusive video interviews with artists Shirin Neshat, the Guerrilla Girls, and Martine Gutierrez (among others). With an emphasis on evaluating how market forces such as galleries, art fairs, auction houses, and museums determine which artists are considered important, course participants are encouraged to explore how this dynamic is being altered by the rise of online art markets. This course aims to equip participants with confidence in their knowledge of art world trends and boosted skills of visual literacy and understanding.

  • Price
    Early Booking Rate
    if registered by September 21
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  • Date
    November 16 - December 13
  • Duration
    4 Weeks
  • Type
    Flexible Course
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  • Topics
    • Art History
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Monique Long

Adjunct Faculty, Online

Monique Long lives and works in New York City as an independent curator of contemporary art and arts writer. She has organized exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, the United Nations Headquarters and The Studio Museum in Harlem and is the recipient of multiple writing and curatorial awards. A frequent contributor to ArtNews, Document Journal, and Ubikwist Magazine, her articles often focus on the work of makers and cultural producers of color. Her next institutional exhibition, Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, will open at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, California Spring 2022 and travel to the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia. Long holds an MA in American Studies from Columbia University, with a specialization in post-war contemporary art and African American studies.

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Tim Goossens

Associate Director of Academics, Non-Degree Programs and Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, New York

After completing two master’s degrees in Paris, Goossens relocated to New York where he began his career as an Assistant-Curator at MoMA PS1, curating the group exhibition Between Spaces (2009) and collaborating on a great number of exhibitions and events at the museum. As a curator, he has worked with artists such as Joan Jonas, Patti Smith, Jan Fabre, Yoko Ono and Ceal Floyer, and curated numerous projects including Listen Up! India's first public sound-art exhibition (New Delhi, 2014. Co-curated with Diana Campbell-Betancourt); Till I Get It Right (Labor, Mexico City), Dark Paradise (Nara Roesler, Brazil, 2013); Mary Beth Edelson (Suzanne Geiss Company, New York, 2013); Larger than Love (official exhibition as part of Berlin Biennial 2012); RISD Expose (RISD, Providence, 2010); Avec le Temps - In Time (Robert Miller Gallery, New York, 2009). Learn more...

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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 key artists in today’s global art world, as well as the central themes addressed in their work.

    To recognize works by influential artists, thereby enhancing skills of visual literacy.

    To evaluate how market forces such as galleries, art fairs, auction houses, and museums determine which artists are considered important – as well as how this dynamic is being altered by the rise of online art markets.

  • 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 2.9 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.