Modernity and its discontents

6 credits

Although certain 20th century artists can be taken as celebrating the modern, many artists offered instead a critical engagement with the newly-emerging forms of experience they were encountering, or sought various forms of escape from them. While the response of European artists to the modern condition is most well known, artists from other parts of the world were equally engaged with the task of creating an art adequate to the new environment in which they found themselves. Both will be considered in this course, which will focus primarily on European art of the first half of the 20th century. Chinese art will provide the main non-Western case for study. Abstract art, Futurism, Expressionism, Dada and Surrealism may all be considered.

100% coursework

One 1000-level Art History course



“The content is super interesting and there is just the right amount of tests and assignment.”

ARTH2029 student, 2017-2018

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ARTH2029 student, 2017-2018

“The course gives us opportunities to discuss art concepts in a more in-depth setting.”

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“I was able to learn about the different styles of modern art, about the history of each period with examples that highlighted the specific art style .”

ARTH2029 student, 2017-2018

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ARTH2029 student, 2017-2018