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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Contemporary Arts in Southeast Asia

Course Code:
154900149
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2

The course aims to provide a concentrated knowledge and understanding of aspects of contemporary arts in Southeast Asia. It seeks to develop critical expertise and visual literacy relevant to both the formation and subsequent variation of contemporary arts in the Southeast Asia region. Case studies address changes in visual arts from the 20th century to the present. Selected artists are considered to build up a comparative picture across the region. Attention is also drawn to relatively recent developments including performance and installation art as well as the use of electronic media to profile and market contemporary art.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course aims to provide a concentrated knowledge and understanding of aspects of contemporary arts in Southeast Asia. It seeks to develop critical expertise and visual literacy relevant to both the formation and subsequent variation of contemporary arts in the Southeast Asia region.

Method of assessment

Written exam (70%), Essay 1 (5%), Essay 2 (20%), BlackBoard work (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Apinan Poshyananda. 1992. Modern Art in Thailand. Singapore, Oxford University Press.
  • Clark, J. 1993, ed. Modernity in Asian Art. University of Sydney East Asian Studies no.7. Wild Peony, Canberra.
  • Fischer, J.,1990. (ed)`Modern Indonesian Art, three generations of tradition and change 1945-90 .
  • Kwok Kian Chow. 1996. Channels & Confluences, a history of Singapore Art. Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board.
  • Sabapathy, T.K. (ed). 1996. Modernity and Beyond: themes in Southeast Art. Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board.
  • Taylor, N. 2000. Whose Art are we Studying? Writing Vietnamese Art History from Colonialism to the Present. Pp. 143-157 in Studies in Southeast Asian Art, Essays in Honor of Stanley J. O’Connor. Ithaca. (Taylor. N. ed)
  • Wright, A. 1994. Soul, spirit and mountain: preoccupations of contemporary Indonesian painters. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press.