This unit of study introduces you to ways of engaging with contemporary art. You encounter and discuss the exciting work that artists and theorists produce, and the breadth and scope of contemporary art on an international scale. While the term 'contemporary' can be interpreted in a variety of ways, this unit encompasses art and ideas most pertinent to the last thirty years. This unit addresses ideas and practices that we consider fundamental knowledge for visual arts practitioners: the concept of the 'everyday', the relevance of disciplines such as philosophy to art criticism, the importance of identity in the practices of artists, the central place of the body and theories of perception to the work that artists produce, and the many theoretical ideas that emanate from a close study of art objects.
1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial/week
essay review of current exhibition (30%) and major essay (70%)