This course will examine how institutions shape the ways that art is produced, received and understood. It will explore issues of cross-cultural exchange in art and design and discuss innovation and change in art and design in relation to modernism, post-modernism, and globalisation. It also considers artists and theorists exploration of ideas relating to status of the artist, cross-cultural aesthetics, decoration and display, the relationship between form and meaning, identity, technology, the body, interactions with the audience, and digital media.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the key ideas and approaches used in the study of art, architecture, and design.
- Apply skills of visual analysis to interpret a broad range of art, architecture, and design in relation to its context.
- Identify influence and inspiration drawn from cross-cultural interactions in art, architecture, and design.
- Research and access information about art history and theory.
- Present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial presentation 15% (LO 4, 5)
Written paper, 1000 words, 25% (LO 1, 4, 5)
Take-home visual analysis exam, 1500 words, 25% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Research essay, 2000 words, 35% (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
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Workload160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 75 hours of contact: 75 hours of workshops and workshop-like activities.
b) 85 hours of supported and independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Archer, Michael, Art since 1960 (London; New York: Thames & Hudson, London, 1997).
Arnason, H H, A History of Modern Art, 6th ed. (London: Prentice Hall, 2009)
Bell, Julian, Mirror of the World: A New History of Art, Thames and Hudson, 2007.
Broude, Norma (ed.), World Impressionism (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, 1990)
Clark, John, Modern Asian Art (Sydney; Honolulu: Fine Art Press; University of Hawaii Press, 1998)
Fried, Michael, “Art and Objecthood” (1967).
Harrison, Charles, Paul Wood, and Jason Gaiger (eds.), Art in Theory 1648-1815: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. London; Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.
Harrison, Charles & Paul Wood (eds), Art in theory: 1900-2000: An anthology of changing ideas, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009)
Smith, Terry, What is contemporary art? (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2011)
Stangos, Nikos (ed.), Concepts of modern art: from Fauvism to Postmodernism, 3rd ed. (London; New York: Thames & Hudson, 1994).
Stephen, Ann, Andrew McNamara, and Philip Goad (eds.) Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 (Carlton: the Miegunyah Press, 2007)
McLean, Ian (ed.), How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art (Sydney; Brisbane: Power Publications & IMA, 2011)
Wood, Paul (ed.), The Challenge of the Avant-Garde (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1999)
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|9579||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|