- Code ARTH2169
- Unit Value 6 units
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:
- demonstrate familiarity with the major trajectories in modernist art in India, Indonesia and Japan, c. 1860-1960;
- analyse the work of significant artists in formal and contextual terms;
- understand historical, political and aesthetic issues that relate to individual artists, periods or movements;
- understand major theoretical issues that underpin the work of Asian modernist artists; and
- present well-researched and competent oral and written discussions pertaining to the course material.
- Annotated bibliography, 1000 words (25) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Essay, 2500 words (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes, 8 minutes (20) [LO 2,3,5]
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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Bibliography supplied on Wattle
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