- Code ARTH6170
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Art and Design
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Art History
- Areas of interest Art History, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Contemporary art from various Asian contexts has attained a high level of international visibility during the past two decades. In part brought about by geopolitical developments, a major and continuing realignment of international exhibition rationales has seen the work of a number of Asian artists featured regularly in major biennial and triennial exhibitions around the world. This new visibility for non-western art is also related to the critique of Eurocentric, universalist ideologies that has influenced recent scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
This course introduces students to a varied and exciting range of artistic practices from contemporary India, Indonesia, Japan and China. Students will also be offered an understanding of political, cultural and artistic contexts against which this work may be located. Questions of postcolonial politics, globalisation and nationalism will be addressed as part of the theoretical framework.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major trajectories in contemporary visual art in the four countries selected as case studies, i.e., India, Indonesia, China and Japan.
- Demonstrate a developed capacity to analyse significant works, the careers of individual artists, and relevant cultural and political histories in formal and contextual terms.
- Demonstrate an understanding of specific historical issues that underpin the development of contemporary art cultures in the Asian region.
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of theoretical frameworks internationally, and to apply insights from these to the chosen case studies.
- Present thorough written and oral arguments that address the implications of key works, and/or the careers of individuals or collectives within the framework of issues discussed in the course.
Indicative AssessmentOral Presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 12 minutes (30%) Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,5
Essay, 4500 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: one 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks (a total of 3 hours contact per teaching week)
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingAsia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogues: 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2012. Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
AWAS!: recent art from Indonesia, Melbourne : Indonesian Arts Society, 1999.
Gao Minglu, ed., Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
Poshyananda, Apinan, et. al., Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/ Tensions, New York: Asia Society Galleries ; Roseville, N.S.W. : G+B Arts International, 1996.
Dysart, Dinah and Hannah Fink, eds., Asian women artists, Roseville East, N.S.W.: Craftsman House, 1996.
Huangfu, Binghui, ed., Text and Subtext: Contemporary Art and Asian Woman, Singapore: Earl Lu Gallery, 2000.
Munroe, Alexandra, Japanese art after 1945: scream against the sky, New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1994.
Sambrani, Chaitanya, et. al., Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India. London: Philip Wilson, 2005
Wu Hung, Exhibiting experimental art in China, Chicago: David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Univ of Chicago, 2000.
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