Asian Contemporary Art

Chinese Contemporary art for Spring 2018. Over the past three decades, modern and contemporary art scenes have spanned the globe and thus had a great impact on Chinese art.  A greater number of Chinese artists have emerged and addressed in their work the issues of modernity contemporaneity in China in terms of political tensions, cultural conflicts, globalization, changing social and family conditions, as well as gender issues within their own cultural context. Topics of the course will cover political Pop, installation art, New Literati Paintings, experimental ink paintings, conceptual art, performance art and feminist art.  We will attempt to investigate the phenomena of social-political transition in contemporary China as the background of its contemporary art, the impact of western ideas on the Chinese contemporary art world and their various interpretations, as well as the struggle to maintain tradition and cultural identity. 

2 credits

Course Code: HTA 240

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