Course overview

This course delves into the transformative impact of select 20th-century artworks that have revolutionized the trajectory of modern art. By examining pivotal pieces and their innovative approaches, students will uncover the reasons these works have garnered acclaim and reshaped artistic norms. Through critical analysis and contextual exploration, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the cultural, social, and technological factors that contributed to these artworks' groundbreaking status. The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the artistic movements, influential artists, and key masterpieces that have defined and redefined the landscape of modern art, highlighting their enduring legacy and significance.

Course description

What defines a modern art icon? Have you ever wondered why certain works of art have become widely recognised as game-changers in the story of international modern art? On this course, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the social, cultural and historical reasons that have shaped the prominence of selected works in the history of art. Spanning the late 19th century up to the present day, we will focus on an individual artist each week, discovering the historical context in which they lived and worked. We will explore also critical views and public reception of their works at the time; and consider how and why some of these viewpoints may have changed over time. Artists featured on the course will include Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Antonio Gaudì, Cindy Sherman and Louise Bourgeois. The course will involve discussion and activities to stimulate engagement and enjoyment of the artworks featured each week

What financial support is available?

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What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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