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Contemporary British Art
University of Westminster
London, England

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Art History 200 English 4 50 N/A

This module is a vibrant introduction to contemporary art on show in London, examining the impact of Brit Art, the YBAs (Young British Artists), the influence of key collectors and the cult of the celebrity artist. Visits to contemporary art collections in Tate Britain and Tate Modern will give students the opportunity to consider the work of contemporary celebrity artists such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, the Chapman brothers and winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, Grayson Perry. The module will analyse the phenomena of Brit Art and the YBAs, and seek to explain these artists' dominance of the contemporary art scene. The module will demonstrate the importance of contemporary galleries such as White Cube and assess the contribution made by private collectors such as Charles Saatchi. This module will incorporate a number of visits to relevant sites, including the Saatchi collection, and includes field-walks to London's latest 'art-regenerated' areas such as Hoxton and the East End.

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