Framing the Viewer: 20th Century Art


The rise of modernism saw the development of art which is reflexive, which draws attention to itself and its facture, as well as the illusion of representation, making us "reflect" on what art is and how it affects the viewer. Many different kinds of art utilised strategies to address the viewer and to explore subjective responses involved in viewing. This course is designed to enable students to develop their own reflexivity and critical awareness through a study of the "classic" movements of the Twentieth Century, such as Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Conceptual Art and contemporary art.


For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ARTHIST 231

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not offered in 2024; planned for 2025


Coordinator(s) Professor Gregory Minissale

Recommended Reading

David Hopkins, After Modern Art 1945-2000 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Christopher Green, Art in France 1900-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000)

Gregory Minissale, The Psychology of Contemporary Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)


Coursework and exam for both 2nd and 3rd Stage


ARTHIST 231: 15 points


15 points at Stage I in Art History and 30 points passed