FA 331 Modern Art, 3 credits

What is “modern art” exactly? When did it begin? Who is the first “modern artist”? Is there such a thing? Modern art’s origins are as dubious as its reputation amongst the general population. Many works regarded as masterpieces by those in the marketplace (i.e., Christie’s, Sotheby’s, etc.), are considered to be a hoax or joke at best, or not art at all at worst. This course will address these difficulties and try to determine when the modern era in art history began, and when exactly it ended. Class discussion and personal opinion are extremely relevant to this course, in order to evaluate the artists, their works, navigate the art market, and define what truly constitutes a work of art in the modern era.

Prerequisite: FA 203 or FA 204