Led by art historian and curator Andrea Mattiello, this course surveys the ideas, aims, materials and techniques of modern art from 1870 to the work being made by artists today.
Participants will learn about the formal innovations in the use of materials, exploration of ideas, exhibition strategies and the influence of political and social change on artists.
The programme is divided into three terms. The first term focuses on the early decades of the twentieth century and includes the important artistic ideas of the seminal periods including Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism and Surrealism.The second term shifts from the avant-garde of Europe to the United States when Abstract Expressionism was at its height, and explores the relationship of art to history, and the impact of Pop Art. The third term explores the artworks being made from 1980 to the present day, with an emphasis on the progression of postmodernism to contemporary art.
The course consists of morning lectures paired with afternoon visits to permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at venues such as Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and many other contemporary art venues across London. The programme is curated with a flexible design to offer participants the option to undertake the full certificate programme or to enrol in individual terms.
What will you learn
- The artists and the art produced through the periods of Modern to Contemporary
- How to express thoughts and opinions about contemporary art within its historical and sociological context
- How to research and write from an art historical perspective about these major artistic periods (applies to the full certificate option only)
All students will receive a letter of completion at the end of the course. For those students who submit the essay at the end of the course will be eligible to receive a Christie's Education Certificate.
Image © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2019. Image courtesy White Cube Photograph Of An Artwork
Term One - 1870-1940
Starting with the Impressionism and the legacy of 19th century innovation, this term looks at the early decades of the Twentieth Century and includes some of the important artistic ideas of the period including Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism and Surrealism. The course will look at the ways British artists responded to continental Modernism and how European artists engaged with political conflict and world war.
Term Two - 1940-1980
This term maps the shift of the avant-garde from Europe to the United States when Abstract Expressionism was enthusiastically supported by museums and national institutions. Students will also learn how artists began to make Conceptual and Minimalist art, requiring more active participation from the viewer and a deeper appreciation of ideas and process. Term Two also looks at the relationship of art to history, the impact of mass media on Pop Art, the growth of art photography and art being made in the landscape beyond the gallery.
Term Three - Contemporary art after 1980
In the final term, the class looks at art works being made from 1980 up until the present day. Having explored the origins and progression of Modernism, students will now explore the new concept of Postmodernism and the rise of opportunities for artists to explore new subjects, materials and display spaces. Afternoon visits will focus on new artworks, much of it being shown in commercial galleries in the West and East End of London. Two classes will focus on individual artists.
N.B.Lectures start at 10.30 am and finish at 3.30 pm.The lunch break is 2 hours. Most days will include a morning lecture and an afternoon visit but some days will include all-day gallery sessions.
Am I Eligible?
Am I Eligible?
There are no prior qualifications needed to study this course.
Students wishing to be eligible for the Christie's Education Certificate* must complete the following:
- Students must attend all 30 sessions
- The submission of one 1,500 word exhibition review (based on one of the afternoon visits)
*The Certificate is awarded Christie's Education and is not credit bearing. For students seeking credit bearing study please refer to our master's programme in Art History and Art World Practice.
Term Dates and How to Register
Term Dates and How to Register
Full Certificate: £3,600 - Register Now
Per Term: £1,200
25 September - 4 December 2019 - Register Now
Half term: 23 October
8 January - 18 March 2020 - Register Now
Half term: 12 February
1 April - 17 June 2020 - Register Now
Half Term: 2 May
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +(0)207 752 2025 for any queries.
The library is open for use by the Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art students for reference only during library opening hours (Monday – Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm and until 8.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time). Students will need to sign in at reception on arrival.