Art 101

Contemporary Art history is, simply put, history. As such, it encompasses the study of visual expression through the lens of the phenomena and the events of the last century. In this first module, we will help you piece together your personal understanding of Modern and Contemporary Art. With the introduction of the key art movements of the last century and their history, you will be able to place artworks in a timeline and a web. By the end of this module, you will have the tools to connect the sentiments and thoughts of artists and their artworks with their historical context, and the groundbreaking impact they have had on further developments.

Host: Niels Kristensen
Language: English

This module includes:

✓ 1/2 Hour of on Demand Videos
✓ Interactive Flow-Chart
✓ Full Catalogue of Art History


What you'll learn

  • Key modern and contemporary artists and art movements
  • The relationship of these art movements and their times
  • The progression of these art movements
  • How art is valued
  • How to link pieces to the respective movements
  • How to identify artistic influences
  • How to evaluate artworks
  • What creates rarity

Description & Classes

Module 1 consists of a substantial introduction to contemporary and modern art history, as well an early guide to the evaluation of art. Consisting of 4 classes and a variety of further readings (for those eager) the module offers a catch up, refresher, or update to the viewer’s knowledge of art history. Topics discussed include dadaism, cubism, impressionism, expressionism, modernism, the evaluation of art, street art, abstract art and more. We will introduce you to these topics through the great artists and artworks of each of the movements. By discussing the characteristics of the art styles, you will get an idea of where and how to place artworks you come across onto the timeline of art history or into a web of interconnected art movements and styles. The module also offers a key starting point for a soon to be collector, in that it establishes the factors which contribute to the prices set by art sellers.

Class 1: What is Contemporary Art?
This class describes the stage set at the turn of the 20th century on which Contemporary Art acted and evolved.


Class 2: The Path to Abstraction
In this class we cover the rise of Abstractionism in the early 20th century as well as its resurgence in post-war America. Specifically, we investigate great American war refugees like Dalí, Ernst, and Breton.


Class 3: Contemporary Art – From WW II to the 21st Century
The primary focus of class 3 is Pop Art and the developments which influenced the creation of new art forms after the mid-1900s.


Class 4: An Introduction to the Value of Art
In class 4 you will learn about how sellers on the supply side of the art market come to evaluations of their art works. Learning what factors and magnitudes influence the value of art.