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Modern Art History

Modern Art History

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Theo Carnegy Tan, Irene Montero Sabín


This course will give you overview of some of the most significant shifts in art practice through the 20th century to the present. You will be introduced to debates in art and art history and engage with an exploration of stories and disputes that have coloured art practice in the past 100 years.

The course will equip you with the critical tools needed to approach the themes, ideas, practices and works of modern art and contemporary art. 

In the week-long format, your learning will be supported by study trips to the Tate Modern and seminars at the college.

In the 10-week format, most of classes will take place at Tate Modern and you will visit temporary exhibitions relevant to the content of the course

Who should take this course?

Although designed to follow on from the Introduction to Art History that runs at the National Gallery, it is also suitable for those who have not studied art history previously.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

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.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Theo Carnegy-Tan is an arts academic and journalist from London. He graduated with First Class Honours from Westminster in MA Cultural and Critical Theory. He has previously worked at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and Zaha Hadid Architects.  He currently writes critical articles and reviews for Times Quotidian, Be-Art and Blue Labyrinths.

Irene Montero Sabín is a PhD candidate at University College London’s History of Art department with a thesis on contemporary art exhibitions and the 9/11 wars. She holds an MA in History of Contemporary Art (Manchester University) and an MFA (Universidade de Vigo). She previously worked in contemporary art publishing, as managing editor of the Spanish independent project Brumaria. 


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • a pen and notebook.

Available dates