HART2044 Contemporary Art and Tradition in China

6 points
Not available in 2020ChinaFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
This unit takes place in China. It will equip you with some of the knowledge and skills necessary to engaging with Chinese artists and the booming Chinese artworld. Since 2000, a network of artists, curators, galleries, museums and scholars have created a massive wave of new art in China, both traditional and contemporary. As part of this unit we will visit and experience a traditional art school that specialises in calligraphy, landscape painting and stamp making. Here we will attend a symposium on Chinese art. We will also visit more radical, contemporary artists in their studios in the 798 and Caochangdicun districts of Beijing.

Students will be able to meet scholars and artists as part of their time in China, and learn some of the skills to undertaking ethnographic research in difficult, cross-cultural conditions.More broadly, knowing both the traditional and contemporary sides of art practice in China will give the skills to navigate the very specific cultural conditions for artists working there today. Such knowledge is of crucial importance for students interested in making connections into China.
Students are able to (1) understand the historical and cultural contexts for the production of Chinese art; (2) understand how Chinese art expresses the context within which it is produced; (3) address issues of agency within the dissemination and exhibition of Chinese art; (4) analyse aesthetic or conceptual issues at work within Chinese artworks; and (5) apply principles of art historical argument to Chinese art.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) abstract for proposed essay; (2) essay; and (3) in-class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Senior Lecturer Darren Jorgensen
Unit rules
HART1000 Great Moments in Art
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
HART3044 Chinese Art: Contemporary and Traditional
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Internal transport, accommodation, translation (estimated cost - c2000).
Contact hours
60 hours of combined seminars, workshops and studio visits.
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