This course examines the emergence of Modern art in the 19th century and traces the development of the visual arts through until today. In the last 150 years, Modern art has seen the rise and decline of various movements and philosophies, resulting in a rich but often troubled history. This course is dominated by a number of 'isms' and we will examine the diverse outlooks of groups as far ranging as the Impressionists and Conceptual artists.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify and describe all the major art movements in Western art since the mid 19th century.
- Connect major social and political developments of the last 150 years with changes in visual culture.
- Recognise how various Modern and contemporary art movements are related/connected/opposed to each other.
- Apply with confidence a vocabulary to describe the formal and iconographic elements of any Modern or contemporary artwork and ‘place' that object within a chronology, even if you have never seen the object before.
- Research and access information on Modern and contemporary art and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.
- Speak with confidence about artworks and engage your audience.
Oral presentation and paper (25%) -1000 words (LO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Research essay - 2500 words (45%) (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)
End of semester visual test (20%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Tutorial participation (10%). (LO 1, 2, 6)
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Contact hours include 3 hours per week in lectures and tutorials.
Attendance on campus but with most tutorials held at the National Gallery of Australia or other galleries in Canberra.
Students are expected to complete an average of 7 hours per week outside these contact hours.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Arnason, H H, A History of Modern Art, 6th edn, London: Prentice Hall, 2009
Francis Frascina et al 1993, Modernity and modernism: French painting in the nineteenth century, New Have: Yale University Press, 1993
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6353||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|