History of Art 8811: The 1930s - The Golden Age of Modern China's Art and Visual Culture

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HISTORY OF ART 8811: THE 1930s - THE GOLDEN AGE OF MODERN CHINA’S ART AND VISUAL CULTURE

Professor Judy Andrews

This course will focus on the 1930s, considered by some observers to have been the golden age of China’s modern art and visual culture, a period during which Chinese artists of cosmopolitan orientation defined modernity and their tradition against the complex background of China’s history. A key issue for modern Chinese art that was fully on display in this brief era is the degree to which Chinese artists chose to adopt Western conventions and the extent to which they rejected them. Equally legitimate positions have been taken by artists whose work actively opposes the legacy of the past and by those who pursued innovations based upon their particular understanding of the Chinese tradition. Through examining art works in different media, including oil painting, traditional ink painting, woodblock prints, graphic design, calendar posters, cartoons and comics, photography, and film, along with theoretical writing, bibliographical and institutional data, and other documentary materials, we will investigate the most compelling of the multiple realities that Chinese artists constructed for themselves.

SPRING 2021
Class # 33148

INSTRUCTION MODE: ONLINE and SYNCHRONOUS

TUESDAYS 2:15 - 5:00