- Code ARTH6169
- 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, Non Language Asian Studies, Visual Arts, Asian Studies, Creative Arts
This course introduces students to the development of modernism in Indian, Indonesian and Japanese art. Whereas the dominant discourse of art history from a Euro-American perspective tends to consign non-western modernist art to a marginal status and treats it as derivative, this course argues that modernism in particular Asian countries follows trajectories that are regionally specific and culturally diverse, responding to political, technological and social transformations. At the same time, the course addresses the complex interrelations between these non-western modernisms and the development of Euro-American modernism.
Concentrating on a century of artistic practices from the later nineteenth century onwards, the course will offer students an introduction to visual practices, historical approaches and theoretical formulations relating to this material. Colonial and postcolonial histories of art, as well as relations between art practice and nationhood will form the core of the inquiry.
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 sound knowledge of major trajectories of modernist art in India, Indonesia and Japan, c. 1860-1960.
- Present sophisticated analysis of the work of significant artists in formal and contextual terms.
- Demonstrate thorough understanding of historical, political and aesthetic issues that relate to individual artists, periods or movements.
- Demonstrate thorough understanding of major theoretical issues that underpin the work of Asian modernist artists.
- Present thoroughly researched and sophisticated oral and written discussions pertaining to the course material.
Indicative AssessmentOral Presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 12 minutes (30%) Learning Outcomes 2-5
Essay, 4500 words (60%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
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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 ReadingAsian modernism: diverse development in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand,
Tokyo: Japan Foundation Asia Center, 1995.
Clark, John, ed., Modernity in Asian Art, Sydney: Wild Peony, 1993.
Clark, John, Modern Asian Art, Sydney: Craftsman House, 1998.
Fischer, Joseph, ed., Modern Indonesian art : three generations of tradition and
change 1945-1990. Jakarta: Panitia Pameran KIAS ; New York : Festival of
Kapur, Geeta, When Was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in
India, New Delhi: Tulika, 2000.
Menzies, Jackie, ed., Modern Boy Modern Girl: Modernity in Japanese Art 1910-
1935, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998.
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