The Concept of the Artist in 20th-century
China and Japan
Instructor: Professor Davis
Chinese and Japanese art of the twentieth century both embraced Western "modernism" and preserved "traditional" modes of representation. The ways in which "modernity" was configured in the Chinese and Japanese contexts will be discussed through such topics as: the practice of training abroad in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the conflict between traditional practices of art-making and viewing and "modern" settings; international World's Fairs; the impact of photography and cinema; Mao's "Talks at the Yenan Forum" and socialist realism; Ernst Fenollosa, Okakura Tenshin and the construction of "Nihonga"; and the impact of the international art world and its markets. Prerequisites: Background in East Asian art history or cultures; consent of instructor required.
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