Art history: modern and contemporary: Track 1

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Baffled by modern art and architecture? You’re not alone! This collection gives new insight into today’s shifting kaleidoscope of visual culture by placing it in the context of the developments of the 19th and 20th century. In the mid 19th century there was a growing realisation that everything had changed. Industry was booming, and the speed of life increasing. Artists, thinkers and architects strove to find new ways of encapsulating this new world … and modernism was born. The collection describes how throughout the twentieth century different media and artforms were added to the canon, and the sophisticated social structure of the Art-world developed. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

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Track 1: Studying art history

Dr Steve Edwards describes module A226, the Open University’s introductory art history course, which can be studied part-time and can count towards a degree.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Studying art history    Dr Steve Edwards describes module A226, the Open University’s introductory art history course, which can be studied part-time and can count towards a degree. Play now Studying art history
2 Collection Overview    Dr Steve Edwards of the Open University gives a personal introduction to the worlds of artists and architects from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Play now Collection Overview
3 Epstein sculpture    Jacob Epstein’s “Rock Drill” was conceived at a time of enthusiasm for the machine. But why did he later decide to mutilate it? Play now Epstein sculpture
4 Abstract Expressionism in New York 1    In the 1940’s and 50’s, New York was becoming a centre of art. But the art world in New York was surprisingly small. Professor Michael Corris gives you a tour. Play now Abstract Expressionism in New York 1
5 Abstract Expressionism in New York 2    Bringing the New York art-scene of the 1950’s and 60’s to life: Professor Michael Corris and artist Lawrence Weiner in conversation. Play now Abstract Expressionism in New York 2
6 Salcedo installation    Can a crack in the floor be considered as art? This slideshow peers into Doris Salcedo’s C21st installation in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, “Shibboleth”. Play now Salcedo installation
7 Module taster    A short video sampling the wide range of artworks and issues students can study in the Open University’s module A226. Play now Module taster

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