Modern Art History

The course offers a chronological path through some of the most significant shifts in art practice through the 20th century to the present. The aim is to introduce you to debates in art and art history, offering an engaging exploration of stories and disputes that have coloured art practice in the past 100 years...

Taught by: Andrew Witt, Paul O'Kane, Theo Carnegy Tan.

Description

The course offers a chronological path through some of the most significant shifts in art practice through the 20th century to the present. The aim is to introduce you to debates in art and art history, offering an engaging exploration of stories and disputes that have coloured art practice in the past 100 years. This course will help to equip you with the critical tools needed to approach the themes, ideas, practices and works of modern art and contemporary art. Although designed to follow on from the Introduction to Art History that runs at the National Gallery, it is suitable for those who have not studied previously. The course will be taught at the Tate Modern and at the college.

Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.

Tutor information

Andrew Witt is a writer and critic living in London. Andrew specializes in the histories of photography, sculpture and modern art. His writing regularly appears in Artforum and has also published in Oxford Art Journal, Object and Canadian Art. His doctoral dissertation is titled, At the Edge of Catastrophe: California and the Documentary Image (circa 1970). Andrew is an active member for the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, UCL and has co-organized two conferences: Art in the Age of Real Abstraction (2014), and Working Worlds (2015). http://artforum.com/contributors/name=andrew-witt


Paul O'Kane is an artist, writer and lecturer who has consistently engaged with art, art theory and art history as vehicles for social critique and political change. But he tends to investigate his theme 'in the round', considering it both historically and formally as well as in terms of contemporary practices.

Paul runs several courses and seminars across the University of the Arts London, including a Level Two undergraduate seminar at Camberwell college titled 'Art, Politics & Revolution'. Paul has also taught and supervised dissertations on the Art & Politcs MA at Goldsmiths College.

Theo Carnegy-Tan is an arts academic and journalist from London. He studied History (BA 2:1, Oxford Brookes) and Critical & Cultural Theory
(MA First, Westminster) before delivering talks at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and beginning work with Central Saint Martins. He
currently writes critical articles and reviews for Times Quotidian, Be-Art and Blue Labyrinths.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • a pen and notebook.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
07/10/2016 - 09/12/2016Fridays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£495Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket
13/01/2017 - 17/03/2017Fridays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£495Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket
03/04/2017 - 07/04/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£495Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket
21/04/2017 - 23/06/2017Fridays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£495Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket