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

This course will both survey postmodern art in general, and will pursue a more focussed approach to a dominant theme of such art, the sublime. In this respect, we will concentrate on the writing of Lyotard. Once the issue of the sublime is raised, the question of the links to Romanticism automatically follows, and 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 neo-Romanticism will also be investigated, thus allowing for a consideration of Modernism and Postmodernism to each other. Other topics to be examined include the political values and claims of postmodern art and the status of the art-producer as artist-theoretician.

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 students learns to question and evaluate  the 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

2,000 word tutorial paper (30%) (outcomes 1, 2, 3)

3,000 word essay (50%) (outcomes 1, 2)

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

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2061.

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

 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4043 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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