Contemporary Asian Art (ARHT2640)


In Asia there has developed both the nationalist art of a series of modernising states and a counter-establishment art which has frequently been formally modern. Students will learn how to analyse art works and institutions in terms of critical notions of modernity which arise in these Asian contexts but which do not require projection from outside. Focus will chiefly be on China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India since the 1850s. Other examples will be drawn from Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.

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Further unit of study information


1xhr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd visual test (20%), 1x1500wd analysis of key term or area (30%), 1x2000wd essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (12 junior credit points from Asian Studies)



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