Contemporary Art's Full Profile
In common conversation, we often use the phrase “contemporary art” to refer to current artistic production—the art being produced today. However, in the art history field, the phrase denotes a specific period of art and artistic practice starting in the 1960s and continuing today. It is characterized by a break from the modernist artistic canon and a desire to move away from the dominant Western cultural model, looking for inspiration in everyday and popular culture. More specifically, many contemporary artworks reject traditional modernistic artistic media (such as painting or sculpture) in favor of a more collaborative, ephemeral, and multimedia approach that further blurs the boundaries between high and mass culture. In its subject matter, this art also tends to reflect a shift away from purely aesthetic issues to more socially oriented concerns. Finally, it is important to note that contemporary art should not be seen as a progression of different artistic styles but as series of different cultural, social, and political inquiries that occupied contemporary art practice over the course of the past 50 years or so. We will examine these important aesthetic and cultural changes within their historical and social context as we progress through this course.This course will survey contemporary art, starting with the 1960s and concluding in 2010. While the focus is on Western art and culture, we will also explore a selection of contemporary art and artistic practices around the globe, which have become increasingly influential in the definition of contemporary art today. Each of the units will examine a set of specific aesthetic and social issues and look at the different strategies contemporary artists proposed and used in their work. By the end of this course, you should be able to recognize and interpret most important aspects of contemporary art and contemporary visual culture while better understanding some of the cultural and social aspects of our daily life in today’s global world.
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: All Levels
- Size: One-on-One
- Cost: Free
- Institution: Saylor
- Topics: General Art, Painting, Sculpture, Art History, General History
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