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ARTV406 Art in Crisis: 1970-1985

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A critical study of international art practice and theory between 1970 and 1985, including installation, conceptual and performance art, and the emergence of postmodern, feminist and other alternative art practices.

The focus of this paper is the perceived crisis in the visual arts that emerged in the late 1960s when traditional art practices (such as painting and sculpture) and ideas (both in criticism and art history) were being challenged and new visual and theoretical approaches began to gain an increasing prominence. The rejection of Modernism's formalism was interpreted not only as a crisis for painting and sculpture, but also as an attack on prevailing ideas about the nature of art. These themes include: the legacy of the 1960s; alternative art practices; art and the other; subjectivity and authorship; and the impact of postmodern ideas on traditional forms and institutions.

Paper title Art in Crisis: 1970-1985
Paper code ARTV406
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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54 300-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC points
ARTH 320, ARTH 420, ARTV 306
Teaching staff
Dr Judith Collard
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Life-long learning, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To introduce students to the broad range of theoretical discussions and practices in art produced during and about this period
  • To encourage students to critique ideas about the function and nature of art in Western culture
  • To encourage the development of communication skills both in written form and verbally through both essay writing and the engagement with ideas and issues within the classroom
  • To encourage the development of research skills, and in the locating, evaluating and effectively using ideas and information for the advancement to gain knowledge and understanding

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Not offered in 2020

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This paper is taught On Campus
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