Asian art is one of the most vibrant and exciting aspects of global art production today. It is a vital aspect of cultural expression in the world, comprising distinct visual and philosophical traditions rooted in diverse cultures from the huge and complex continent of Asia. Encompassing a broad geographical reach and wide range of art forms, Asia’s art can include Islamic ornament and calligraphy in Asia’s western region, ancient bronzes of early ritual culture in China, Buddhist sculpture reaching from India through to Japan and Korea, Chinese landscape painting in the literati scholar tradition, Japanese manga and the diverse and dynamic practices of Asian artists in the contemporary period regionally and globally.
This 15-week course enables the student to study aspects of Asian art through a focus on key themes and developments, using case studies from traditional forms through to modern and contemporary art works. It is aimed at students wishing to gain a thorough grounding in key aspects of Asian art, through a lively program of lectures, seminars, museum visits and encounters with artworks. Integral to the course is the aspect of the market in relation to Asian art, as a key driver for its circulation through dealers, galleries and auctions. The course acts as a foundation in Asian art for anyone who desires to work in this field, whether as a specialist in a dealership, museum, auction house or private collection, or to pursue further study in an area of Asian art in the future. It also provides an understanding of the circulation and dissemination of Asian art within the dynamic of the international art market, providing a preliminary basis of knowledge for working in the art world.
The program requires no prior knowledge of the field.