Faculty of Arts


Special Topic: Aspects of Contemporary Art

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ARTHIST 345.


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.

Availability 2012

Not taught in 2012



Recommended Reading

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

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