From Modern to Contemporary Art (HART 292)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
History of Art(HART)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ahu Antmen Akiska,
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This course is a historical survey of art practices from the late 19th century to the contemporary era in the Western art world, with a focus on major trends, such as Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract Art, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism. Introducing the historical and cultural context that influenced the transformation of artistic expression, the course equips students with an understanding of the concept and visual expressionof the avant-garde within a diversity of mediums from painting and sculpture to performance, installation and participatory practices.


Introduction to 20th century art with emphasis on key artists and developments (-isms) to show the radical transformation of art as to format, aims of the artists, relations of art and mimetism, art and life as well as art and technology.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
--Identify the key developments of 20th century art, set against political, social, and technological developments.
--Identify key differences between modern and postmodern art
--Analyze the basic art issues but also the multiplicity of cultural, social and political issues that can inform the making and thus the reading of a painting, sculpture or architecture.
--Evaluate the visual and reading material about works of art so as to produce a
coherent and cogent argument by writing essays based on readings and knowledge of visual material.


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Other 20



Amy Dempsey. Styles, Schools and Movements. The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art. (London: Thames and Hudson, 2010)


(Highly highly recommended)
Nikos Stangos. Concepts of Modern Art. From Fauvism to Postmodernism. (CMA) (London: Thames & Hudson, 1997). ).

Optional Readings

Below, other books on reserve that may be useful to prepare your ??take-home assignments?? for the final exam.

Edward Lucie-Smith (ELS). 20. Yüzyılda Görsel Sanatlar (Akbank Yayınları: 2004). A copy of the book is on reserve. Call number: N6490 L8320 2004 (ISBN: 975 78 8023X)

Ingo F Walther. Art of the 20th Century. (Köln: Taschen, 1998). ). A copy of the book is on reserve. Call number: N6490 A78 1998 Vol. 1 and N6490 A78 1998 Vol. 2. (ISBN: 382 28 85 762)

Edward Lucie-Smith. Lives of the Great 20th Century Artists. (London: Thames & Hudson, 1999). A copy of the book is on reserve. Call number: N6489 L83 1999 (ISBN: 0500237395)

Bruce Altshuler. The Avant-Garde in Exhibition. New Art in the 20th Century. New York: Abrams, 1994). A copy of the book is on reserve. Call number: N6490.A49 1994 (ISBN: 0 8109 3637 2).

But also..

Charles Harrison & Paul Wood (Eds). Art in Theory. 1900-2000. (THEORY) (London: Blackwell Publishing, 2003) Call number: N6490 A785 2005 (ISBN: 0631 22 7083).

Mark Rosenthal. Understanding Installation Art. From Duchamp to Holzer (ROSEN) (Munich: Prestel, 2003). Call number: N6494 I56 R67 2003 (ISBN: 379 13 29847)

Jeffrey Kastner & Brian Walls. Land and Environmental Art (KASTNER).
(New York: Phaidon, 2005). Call number: N6494 E27 L36 2005 (ISBN 071 48 45 191)

Helena Reckitt & Peggy Phelan. Art and Feminism (RECKITT) (New York: Phaidon, 2001). Call number: N72 F45 A78 2001 (ISBN 071 48 35293)

Roselee Goldberg. Performance Art. From Futurism to the Present (New York: Thames & Hudson, 2001). Call number: NX 456 5 P38 G65 2001 (ISBN: 0500 20 33 93)

Peter Osborne (Ed.). Conceptual Art. (London: Thames and Hudson, 2002). Call number: N6494 C63 C66 2002 (ISBN: 071 48 39 302)

Edward Lucie-Smith. Movements in Art since 1945 (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1995) Call number: N6490 L836 1995 (ISBN: 0500 20 2826)

Edward Lucie-Smith. Artoday (London: Phaidon, 1995). Call number: N6490 L83 1995 (ISBN: 0714 832014)

Irving Sandler. Art of the Postmodern Era. From the Late 1960?s to the Early 1990?s. (Boulder, CO: Westview, 1996). Call number: N6512 S2553 1996 (ISBN: 0813334330 or 0064385094)

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture. A Critical History. (Thames & Hudson: London, 1992). Call number: NA500F731992 (ISBN: 050020257