ART215 Australian Art from 1939 (8)

This subject provides a survey of Australian art from 1939 to the present. It traces the shifting sources of overseas influence, from Europe to the USA to a recent rich variety. Themes discussed include the 'Angry Decade' (1937 - 1947), the Antipodeans, abstract expressionism, the function of international exhibitions and art magazines, Pop Art, Minimal and Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, and postmodernity.
The opening up of the processes of art to include new forms and to represent groups previously marginalised because of gender, class, or ethnicity is discussed via the examples of specifically feminist art and contemporary Aboriginal painting.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed ART-2008, ART-2113 or ART-2114

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise some styles and artists
  • be able to propose reasons for artistic change
  • be able to understand contemporary concerns in the arts


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The Angry Penguins - Abstract expressionism - Pop art - Post-painterly abstraction and minimalism - Performance and conceptual art - Aboriginal art and Aboriginality - New forms - Specifically feminist art


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.