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Encountering Modernism - HOA00030M

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

This module will examine encounters with and responses to Modernism in the visual arts after 1945, in relation to American and European art.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

 We will explore a range of responses that developed in painting, sculpture, performance, conceptual art, and installation work across the second half of the twentieth century. 

Module learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of some of the main theoretical and historical approaches to the period.
  • A critical understanding of the concept of the canon in Modernism and the critical problems associated with the Modernist paradigm.
  • Familiarity with a range of art works and the ways in which the meanings of such works have been contested within the modern period


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on summative assessment within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

Frascina, Francis & Harris, Johnathan, eds., Art in Modern Culture: An Anthology of Key Texts. London: Phaidon Press, 1992

Frascina, Francis & Harris, Johnathan, eds., Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology. New York: Harper & Row, 1982.

Harrison, Charles & Wood, Paul, eds., Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.

Jones, Amelia, ed., A Companion to Contemporary Art since 1945. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

Lawrence, ed., Modernism: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

Krauss, Rosalind, Foster, Hal, Bois, Yve-Alain & Buchloh, Benjamin, eds., Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism. Thames and Hudson, 2004.

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