History of Art 4815 - Art of Modern China



Professor Judy Andrews

This course will explore the ways in which Chinese artists of the 20th and early 21st centuries defined modernity and tradition against the complex background of China’s history. A key issue for art of this period is the degree to which Chinese artists have chosen to adopt or adapt Western conventions and the extent to which they have rejected them. Equally legitimate positions have been taken by artists and critics whose work actively opposes the legacy of the past and by those who pursue innovations based upon their particular understandings of the Chinese tradition. By examining artworks in different media, including traditional ink and color painting, oil painting, graphic design, woodblock prints, and recent installation and video art, along with other documentary materials in translation, we will investigate the most compelling of the multiple realities that Chinese artists have constructed for themselves.

Class # 33038
WED & FRI | 11:10 - 12:30 | Pomerene Hall, Room 240