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ARTH 369: Chinese Art in the 20th and 21st centuries


One option for your final research project is to write a research paper. It should be a clearly focused, critically analyzed, and well-written paper of 10 double-spaced pages on a thematic topic, addressing specific works of art, with notes and a brief bibliography. 

You may choose a topic but are encouraged to discuss your ideas with your professor. Some potential topics include: Art, Politics, and Power, Language/Anti-Language, Writing/Anti-Writing, Memory, Identity, Womanhood

Oxford Art Online

Covers biographies, criticism, country surveys, artistic styles and movements, art forms, subject matter and iconography, and techniques. Note: Limit of 3 simultaneous users.

Background Sources

Highlighted Books

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Try the following search terms to find resources in Primo. Copy and paste into the search box above.

Broad Search Terms:

Art, Chinese

Ink Painting, Chinese

Painting, Chinese

Painting, Chinese Catalogs

Painting, Chinese Exhibitions

Painting, Chinese History

Public Art, China

Art, Chinese Influences

Art, Chinese Western Influences

Symbolism in Art Chinese

By Time Period:

  • Art Chinese Song-Yuan Dynasties
  • Art Patronage China History
  • Art, Chinese -- 20th century -- Exhibitions
  • Art, Chinese 20th Century
  • Art Chinese 21st Century

Some suggested subject terms are listed below.

To find books about...

20th Century Chinese Art

 Art Chinese 20th Century

Painting Chinese 20th Century

Arts Chinese 20th Century

Avant Garde Aesthetics China

Art Asian 20th Century

Art Modern 20th Century

Communism and Chinese Art
Politics and Chinese Art

Communism and art China

United States Relations China

Art, Chinese -- Collectors and collecting -- United States

Art, Chinese -- Collectors and collecting -- China

China Relations United States

Art and state China

Socialist realism in art China

Painting Political Aspects China

China Politics and Government

China Cultural Policy

Cultural Revolution
Mao Zedong

  • China History Cultural Revolution 1966 - 1976
  • Mao Zedong

Chinese Calligraphy

  • Calligraphy Chinese
  • Calligraphy, Chinese Catalogues
  • Chinese language writing

East and West

  • East and West in Art
  • Landscape Painting Chinese
  • Painting Chinese - Foreign Influences

Social, economic issues

  • Art and Society China
  • China Social Conditions
  • Art industries and trade Chinese
  • China Trade Art
  • China Economic Policy 1976 - 2000

Specific artists

Xu Bing

Cai Guoqiang

Artists China

Female artists
Women in China

  • Women painters China
  • Women artists Asia
  • Femininity China
  • Sex role China

Animals in art, Perfomance art

Animals in art

Performance art