• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History

This course will both survey postmodern art in general, and will pursue a more focused approach to a dominant theme of such art, the sublime. In this respect, we will concentrate on the writing of Lyotard and other critical responses to Postmodernism. The course will investigate whether postmodern art should be considered fundamentally neo-Romantic, or whether it should stand as an independent, revolutionary category in itself. The relation of Modernism to Postmodernism will be examined, and in the context of diverse issues explored by artists including identity politics, gender, subjectivity, constructs of 'essence' and 'self', and the strategies of historic quotation and appropriation. Other topics to be examined include the political values and claims of postmodern art and the status of the art-producer as artist-theoretician. Media explored include painting, photo-media, video, performance art, design and fashion.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The student is challenged by the range of media examined in this course arising from the explosion of new art forms,

1. The student learns to question and evaluate the validity and stronghold of modernist painting and the 'heroic' male artist in the last three decades of the twentieth century.

2.  The student's knowledge of postmodernist art will be expanded and their ability to think critically about the changing role, meaning and purpose of art in rising global cultures will result from their engagement with diverse media ranging from photography, fashion, the moving image, collage and painting.

3. Students will assess the rise of feminism in art practice, the appropriation of 'history' in imagery across media, the blurring of boundaries in disciplines, cultures and geographies, and the rising voice of minority groups excluded from the normalising definitions of art presented during the height of modernist era of the 1950s and early 1960s.

Indicative Assessment

1,500 word tutorial paper (30%) (outcomes,  1, 2, 3)

2,500 word essay (50%) (outcomes, 1, 2)

Image test (20%). (outcomes 2, 3)

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Workload

2 hours per week of lectures, 1 hour tutorial per week, and 7 hours a week reading and writing outside these contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH6061

Preliminary Reading

 

* Benjamin, A, (ed), The Lyotard Reader, New York, 1989
* Docherty, T, Postmodernism: A Reader, New York, 1993
* Kristeva, J, The Powers of Horror, New York, 1982

* Foster, Hal (ed), The Anti-Aesthetic : Essays on Postmodern Culture, Washington, 1983

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4354 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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