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This subject examines art and visual culture in China from the early 19th to the end of the 20th century. Students are introduced to key art works by major figures and important social, cultural and political, factors that have shaped the making of art from the decline and fall of the Manchu-Qing dynasty (-1911) to the resurgent spirit of the People’s Republic of China (1949-). The changing contexts of production, circulation and reception including scholarly communion and exchange, public display and exhibition, and dissemination through mass media and the global marketplace are examined in relation to brush-and-ink painting, oil painting, printmaking, photography and globalised contemporary practice. A range of theoretical writings and methodological approaches show how modern and contemporary Chinese art reflects radical transformations, deep continuities and makes a fascinating contribution to world art.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of modern and contemporary Chinese art including the ability to critically evaluate key artistic genres, materials and techniques;
- Have developed the ability to analyse artistic practices in a variety of media within social, historical and theoretical contexts;
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of visual and aesthetic practices of modern and contemporary Chinese art in relation to Chinese contexts as well as regional and international exchange;
- Have achieved a fundamental grounding in the methodologies of the discipline, and in the broader critical and analytical skills necessary for the study of art at higher levels.
- be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
- be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision.
Last updated: 25 September 2020