The course offers an introduction to the major art movements in this period illustrating how radical ideas and intentions became fashionable and influential to succeeding generations of artists. Participants on the course will learn about the formal innovations in the use of materials, the importance of ideas, new exhibition strategies and the impact of political and social change on the evolution of art.
Designed as a course in three terms, the programme offers a comprehensive, illustrated survey of Modern and Contemporary art in the late 19th century until the present day.
Students attending the Course will be given an illustrated lectures of 75 minutes plus time to ask questions. Above all, the course is intended to equip participants with the tools and confidence to continue developing their interest in art beyond the classes.
- Understanding how Modern and Contemporary art fundamentally changed traditional expectations of European and American art as a medium of illustration and commemoration.
- Discovering how artists began to employ new materials and techniques for making art.
- Learning how to distinguish between different art movements, styles and methods by looking at specific artworks made by some of the most important artists of the period.
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20 October - 1 December 2022
5 January - 23 February 2023
2 March - 30 April 2023
Joshua White has extensive experience teaching and lecturing in Modern and Contemporary art. For over 15 years he has taught at Christie’s Education in London where he was director of The London Art Course and led multiple courses including the Chairman’s programme for VIP clients.
He is a founder and presenter of The Art Channel, an online project documenting and reporting on Modern and Contemporary art exhibitions in commercial galleries and public institutions. The channel has now received 1 million views.
Joshua has direct experience of the art market, working as a Gallery Director between 2018 and 2020 specialising in 20th Century photography.
Elsewhere, he has lectured for Tate Modern and Britain, The National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld Institute Gallery, Somerset House, The Design Museum, Sotheby’s Institute and The University of California. Further to his institutional work, he has worked with numerous private clients including group visits to the Venice Biennale and Berlin.
Joshua has written exhibition catalogues and been published by the BBC, The FT, Christie’s and Flash Art.
During 2020 he was a guest contributor to Channel 5’s ‘Great Paintings of the World’ and Radio 4’s ‘Behind The Scenes’.
Joshua is a graduate of the University of Oxford and has a Master’s degree from Christie’s Education in the History of Art.
Per Term: £560
Full Course: £1550
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