Major Works of Modern Art (HUM 312)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ahu Antmen Akiska,
HUM202 SPS102 HUM201 SPS101 HUM207
Formal lecture,Recitation
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Guided discovery
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Major Works of Modern Art aims to introduce students to one of the crucial periods of Western art which is the birth, development and "triumph" of Modern Art from the 1860's to the 1960's. The primary purpose of this course however is not to stress the chronological development of modern art but rather to focus on and pursue specific art-related and cultural issues that pertain to those chosen works. Even though the masterpieces are presented chronologically, the lectures themselves are kept fairly independent and presented like a series of visits to an 'imaginary museum'. The chosen works are discussed along with comparative material to explore specific issues that are selected for each work and to illustrate earlier and later thematic developments.


Achieve a chronological insight into the art of the Western world in the 20th century.
Develop understanding of how cultural modernity reflects on the production of works of art.
Describe cultural concepts such as modernity, modernism, formalism, anti-formalism and the avantgarde.
Gain a critical insight into how artists and artworks become `?major?? examples of their `?cultural?? time, how a painting or sculpture becomes a cultural icon.
Compare the historical and cultural contexts that influence the diversity of artistic mediums such as painting, sculpture, performance, installation.