Studio Theory Fine Arts C (THAP2631)


This Unit of Study is split into three areas: Painting; Sculpture; Printmedia

The focus in this studio is to address some of the critical moments of change in the visual arts from the early to later part of the 20th Century, by considering the key Modernist movements in the broader political, social, and gender, and racial context from the early Russian Avant Garde, De Stijl, Dada, Fluxus, Conceptualism, Minimalism, High Pop and on into the 80s

The focus in this studio is to identify and critically evaluate a number of the issues, methodologies and artists that have been instrumental in defining the key moments of Modernism within contemporary sculptural practice. The study format combines formal presentations, reading group discussions and student seminar presentations.

Contemporary Art: Focusing on the art of the past ten years, the first semester unit surveys the idea of contemporary art in its broadest sense, developing an appreciation of its breadth and diversity as well as establishing a clearer understanding of its relationship to modernist art. Connections between art, technology and cultural change are key themes.

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


Assessment is based on successful completion of written and or/seminar assignments (100%)


This is a studio - driven program focusing on the practices of artists as primary research and supported with the relevant theoretical frameworks. Consequently these references are subject to change and will be advised in the UoS outline at the beginning of semester.

Fisher, Philip. Making and effacing art: modern American art in a culture of museums, New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Battcock, Gregory, ed., Minimal Art: A Critical Anthology, New York: Dutton, 1968.
Causey, Andrew. Sculpture since 1945, Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Krauss, Rosalind. Passages in modern sculpture, London: Thames and Hudson, 1977.

Hoptman, Laura J. Drawing now : eight propositions, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2002.
Stallabrass, Julian. High art lite : British art in the 1990s London : Verso, 1999.
Ice cream : contemporary art in culture, London : Phaidon, 2007.

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

THAP1211 and THAP1212



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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.