From Modern to Contemporary Art (HART 292)

2023 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
History of Art(HART)
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.


  • 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 of art.
  • 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.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 1

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 1

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 3

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 1

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies and interpret different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. 3

2. Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and geography. 2

3. Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice. 3

4. With the use of appropriate technologies, be able to present advanced oral and written evaluations of developments in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation. 1

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 1

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 5

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 5

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 5

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 3

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 4

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 1

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 1


  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