Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Modern Contemporary Art

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION The course focuses on the main developments of contemporary art movements. The lectures are directed to create discussion and debate about the contemporary art scene. The historical development of Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, OpArt, PopArt and others are studied within a comparative approach.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study unit is to bring students in closer contact with the contemporary art scene. The unit is designed to provide a comparative broad overview of different contemporary art movements. Critical analysis, research oriented discussion and debate is expected.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

The study unit is directed towards a systematic understanding of the relationship between the various often conflicting contemporary art movements. At the end of the study unit the student will be in a better position to critically analyse the art-historical, philosophical and theoretical demands.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

The lectures give the student the necessary skills to appreciate, evaluate and contextualise the contemporary art situation. By the end of the study unit the student will be in a position to appreciate and to deal with the many contradictions inherent in the modern contemporary art scene.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Dawtrey, Jacakson, Masterton, Meecham, Wood (eds), Critical Studies and Modern Art, Yale University Press, 1996

J. Robertson, C. McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art, Oxford University Press, 2005

Marzona Daniel, Uta Grosenick (ed.) Conceptual Art, Taschen, Köln2006.

Marzona Daniel, Uta Grosenick (ed) Minimal Art, Taschen, Köln, 2004.

Sylvia Martin, Video Art, Taschen, Köln, 2006

Arthur C. Danto, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, Harvard University Press, 1981.

Hans Belting, Art History after Modernism, University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Owen Hatherley, Militant Modernism, Winchester, UK, 2008.

Eleanor Heartney, PostModernism, Tate Publishing, 2001.

Glenn Adamson, Jane Pavitt (ed) Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990, V&Apublishing, London, 2012.

Jean Robertson, Craig McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Schembri Bonaci, Giuseppe, 'The Death of Art and Spirituality in Art' in Reflections on Faith and Culture in Dialogue, Media Centre, Malta, 2009.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci (Co-ord.)

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