The goal of the course is to introduce you to major movements, artists and canonical works of contemporary art in order to develop or enhance a strong base of knowledge prior to entering a professional career in the art world. With an emphasis on global art from the 1980s to the present, this course introduces central themes—from technology to social engagement—and considers a broad range of artistic practices and institutional structures. Aimed to equip students with a complete vocabulary of contemporary art, each session will begin with a slide lecture and include time for discussion at the end.
- Understand the historical precedents for contemporary painting
- Identify major contemporary painters and themes in contemporary painting
Ágnes Berecz (PhD) focuses on transnational exchanges and collaborative, multimedia practices in postwar and contemporary art. In 2019, she published the book, "100 Years, 100 Artworks: A History of Modern and Contemporary Art" (Prestel), a singular and decidedly non-comprehensive overview of artists and their works across continents and media from the aftermath of World War I to the end of the 2010s. A former lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, and a critic, Berecz is the New York correspondent of the Hungarian art monthly, Műértő, and she regularly publishes reviews and feature articles on global contemporary art both in Europe and the United States. Her writings appeared, among others, in Art Journal, Art in America, Artmargins and the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin as well as in many European and US exhibition catalogues.