Australian Art to the 1970s

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian Art to the 1970s

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Australian Culture, Indigenous Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    8 credits of arts courses

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description
    A broad-based assessment of Australian Art from the Colonial period to the present. Particular attention is paid to landscape painting including national themes, Australian Modernism, as well as issues in Contemporary Art.
    Course Introduction
    This is a course in Australian art from the time of white colonisation to the present. As the course progresses, we will look at many of the main figures and movements that make up the history of Australian art. But, more than this, we will address questions raised in the writing and thinking of this art history. Some of the issues discussed in this course are: whether there is any such thing as an identifiable (white) Australian art and culture; the impact of post-modern approaches on Australian art history; the possibility of writing another, un-Australian history of Australian art; and the relationship between European and indigenous art.
    Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on making a connection between the history of Australian art and the art we see around us in Brisbane. Students are encouraged to visit local art galleries and to familiarise themselves with the Australian works held by the Queensland Art Gallery.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Think and write well about Australian art and its attendant issues on the basis of a familiarity with works of art seen both in class and on class visits to art galleries and institutions.
    2. Exhibit a thorough knowledge of historical Australian art and ability to respond to and write about it in real time.
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours

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