Contemporary Art and Society

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Art and Society

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Art History, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    This module is an introduction to the socio-historical context and artistic production from 1965 to the rise
    and fall of Saatchi's Young British Art and today's contemporary art.

    As the influence of Abstract Expressionism waned in the 1960s, artists came to question the very philosophy
    underlying modernism, causing a variety of new movements and styles to dominate the art world. The module will
    follow the development of painting and sculpture and explore a variety of new artistic media including video,
    performance, photography and installation, through a focus on art movements like Arte Povera, Minimalism,
    Pop Art, Conceptual and Performance Art, Environmental Art, and Feminist Art.

    Individual art objects will be discussed in detail within their social, religious, intellectual, and historical
    contexts, and their public reception. Visits to Tate Modern, and other venues in London will constitute
    integral part of the program.

    Please note that this module involves class visits to various locations in London. When timetabling please
    allow yourself an hour's travel time either side of the class.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 5

Course Disclaimer

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