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Bachelor 2020/2021

Art of Asia: From Modern to Contemporary Period

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Compulsory course (History of Art)
Area of studies: History of Art
Delivered by: School of History
When: 3 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Instructors: Anna Guseva, Lev Maciel
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course discusses different aspects of modern and contemporary art in Asian region (constructed of countries of East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Middle East) in terms of forms, material, styles and perception of art by encounters in different groups. Roughly beginning in the early 17th century, this course explores a variety of monuments and themes of the visual art of Asian countries. Besides this class looks particular on the encounter between the so-called West and the non-West. While lectures present a wide range of media from painting to photography, from engravings to architecture, seminars are based on discussion of selected case studies.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • — to familiarize students with the major monuments and trends in Asian art history
  • — to analyse comparatively and from different perspectives crucial aspects of Asian art history in the context of the interaction of different traditions and cultures
  • — to familiarize students with a knowledge on major collections, attribution methods and research approaches
  • — introduce students to leading museum collection and exhibitions of Asian art
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To become familiar with modern and contemporary Middle East and North African architecture
  • Understanding of evolution of approaches and current research agenda in Asian and Middle East art studies
  • Knowledge on historical and cultural context of Qing dynasty, key trends and centres for art-objects production
  • Developing skills in recognizing and analysing technique and styles of artworks from China, Korea and Japan
  • Developing knowledge of the terminology related to Asian art
  • To become familiar with modern and contemporary Asian art and architecture and its context.
  • Developing students' critical thinking related to study of Asian art
  • Developing skills of retrieving data from exhibition catalogues, museum and architectural data-bases and sources.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the course
    The concept of 'modernity'. Geographical and historical context. Export of the art objects from Asia to Europe and Americas. Development of the concept of "Oriental art' and 'exotic art' in Europe in the 1700s. Trade and cultural contacts between different regions. The Eurocentric model of art-history: it's past and preset. Discussion on 'Is Art History Global?
  • The Art of Qing China
    Arts of China under Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Historical and cultural context. Art for the Emperor: painting and porcelain made by the order of Qing court. Knowledge about western art and sciences. Merchants and intellectuals as connoisseurs of art and crafts. Discussion on the role of the Imperial collection for Chinese art and art history.
  • Arts and crafts of Korea: Joseon dynasty
    Historical and cultural context of establishing and ruling of Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Building and planning of Seoul. Schools and trends in painting and ceramics.
  • Arts and crafts of Japan: Edo period
    Historical and cultural context of Japan under Tokugawa rule in Edo period (1615-1868). Distinguishing between art for export and local market: porcelain and ceramics. Consumers and producers of art of the Edo period. Urban centres and art. Painting. Evolution of woodblock printing.
  • Understanding modern and contemporary Asian art and art in Asia
    Art and architecture in China, Korea and Japan since the late 19th century. Impact of the Western painting and architecture on local tradition. Recognition of 'fine art' and 'art history'. Art education and art collecting in the modern China and Japan. Rethink of traditional arts in the context of the 20th century art. Post-war period: art and architecture. Phenomenon of the contemporary Asian art and art-market.
  • Art and architecture of Islamic world from the 18th to the 20th century
    Evolution and development of architecture in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Western impact and formation of new styles and forms. Colonial period and its impact on local architecture. Post-colonial period and international style in the Middle East and North African architecture. Contemporary architecture of the region.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation
    Presentation is based on reading material
  • non-blocking Test
    On of the tests is based on MOOC ("The Manchus and the Qing Dynasty" that is base on the edX platform: https://www.edx.org/course/china-part-6-manchus-qing-dynasty-harvardx-sw12-6x). Other tests covered material presented in the sections on Asian Art
  • non-blocking Final Exam
    Exam presents an oral discussion with a tutor on a topic that a student choose and prepared in advance. Each student chooses on art-object or monument and prepared a presentation, which she or he has to send to the tutor in a week before the exam. Presentation should include: 1) description of technique, material, etc; understanding of the artistic context for the object or monument; 2) suggestion of the 3 different research approaches (research questions).
  • non-blocking In-class participation
    In advance students are given material for reading or watching to prepare for the class discussions
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Final Exam + 0.2 * In-class participation + 0.3 * Presentation + 0.2 * Test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bushell, S. W. (2012). Chinese Art. New York: Parkstone International. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=455924
  • Gordon, A. (2003). A Modern History of Japan : From Tokugawa Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=120926
  • Nasser Rabbat. (2012). What is Islamic architecture anyway? Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.408C769D

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • A companion to Chinese art, Powers, M. J., 2016
  • Antoinette, M., & Turner, C. (2014). Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions : Connectivities and World-making. ANU Press. https://doi.org/10.26530/OAPEN_515933
  • Art of Edo Japan : the artist and the city, 1615 - 1868, Guth, C., 1996
  • Bae, M., & Dimitriadis, G. (2015). Travelling home(s): contemporary Korean art after the postcolonial. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(3), 314–328. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2014.901786
  • Chinese art : a guide to motifs and visual imagery, Welch, P. B., 2008
  • Chinese art & culture, Thorp, R. L., Vinograd, R. E., 2001
  • Chinese art and its encounter with the world, Clarke, D., 2011
  • Clarke, D. J. (2011). Chinese Art and Its Encounter with the World. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=410603
  • Dirk Michel-Schertges. (2019). Contemporary Asian art and Western societies: cultural “universalism” or “uniqueness” in Asian modern art. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40856-019-0042-4
  • Edo : art in Japan, 1615 - 1868, Singer, R. T., Carpenter, J. T, 1998
  • Fenollosa, E. (2007). Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art : An Outline History of East Asiatic Design (Vol. New and rev. ed. with copius notes by Professor Petrucci). Berkeley, Calif: Stone Bridge Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=480475
  • Hao Peng. (2019). Trade Relations between Qing China and Tokugawa Japan. Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.spr.stechi.978.981.13.7685.6
  • In grand style : celebrations in Korean art during the Joseon Dynasty, Han, H.K., 2013
  • Is art history global?, Elkins, J., 2007
  • JACKSON, A. D. (2015). Everyday life in Joseon-era Korea: Economy and Society. Acta Koreana, 18(1), 317–320. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=108504319
  • Japanese painting and national identity : Okakura Tenshin and His Circle, Weston, V., 2004
  • Kimura, T., & Harris, J. A. (2020). Exporting Japanese Aesthetics : Evolution From Tradition to Cool Japan. The Alpha Press.
  • Lillehoj, E. (2011). Art and Palace Politics in Early Modern Japan, 1580s-1680s. Leiden: Brill. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=552279
  • Martine Julia van Ittersum. (2015). Adam Clulow, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.2533BB4F
  • Masterworks of Chinese art, Mackenzie, C., 2011
  • Modern masters of Kyoto : the transformation of Japanese painting traditions, Morioka, M., Berry, P., 2000
  • Muhn, B. (2018). North Korean Art : Paradoxical Realism. Irvine, CA: Seoul Selection. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1945356
  • Obtaining images : art, production and display in Edo Japan, Screech, T., 2012
  • Pathways to Korean culture : paintings of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, Jungmann, B., 2014
  • Pirani, K. K., Petruccioli, A., & Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. (2002). Understanding Islamic Architecture. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=641137
  • Tomizawa-Kay, E. (2016). Changes in the Japanese art market with the emergence of the middle-class collector. Journal of the History of Collections, 28(2), 261–277. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhv029
  • Törmä, M. (2013). Enchanted by Lohans : Osvald Sireþn’s Journey Into Chinese Art. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=638991
  • Treasures from Korea : art and culture of the Joseon Dynasty,1392-1910, Woo, H., 2014
  • Turner, C. (2015). Introduction Part 1 - Critical Themes, Geopolitical Change and Global Contexts in Contemporary Asian Art. ANU Press.