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Art Now: Contemporary Art Since 1990


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.

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  • Date
    April 12 - May 9
  • Duration
    4 Weeks
  • Type
    Flexible Course
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  • Topics
    • Art History,
    • Contemporary Art
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  • Contact Admissions 646-473-2464


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 print and online arts publications, her articles often focus on the work of makers and cultural producers of color. Her current traveling exhibition, Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, (San Francisco, California and Savannah, Georgia) is on view at Telfair Museums, Jepson Center through February 2023. 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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  • 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.