Faculty of Arts
Special Topic: Aspects of Contemporary Art
This course provides an overview of the development of contemporary art over the past three decades and introduces key theories that have influenced art or that were influenced by art practice. Instead of focusing on individual artists, groups or genres, the course addresses relevant themes and issues relating to contemporary art, including popular culture, abstraction and the body. A number of debates and discourses since the 1980s have resulted in art that cannot necessarily be related to places of origin or particular cultures. Instead, it is distinguished by pluralism and diversity. The lecture programme will be accompanied by discussion-based tutorials that will focus on relevant readings by philosophers, critics, artists and art historians, studied in parallel to the artworks. This course is taught concurrently with ARTHIST 245.
Not taught in 2012
Kocur, Zoya and Simon Leung eds. Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985. Blackwell Publishing: Malden 2007 Harrison, Charles and Paul Woods eds. Art in Theory, 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. Oxford; Cambridge, Mass: Blackwell 1993
ARTHIST 345: 15.0 points
30 points at Stage II in Art History
ARTHIST 204, 245, 334