Chinese art history


1. follow the instructions 2. only using the article i provide to quote 3. insert pictures of the painting in the essay

Take Home Final Essay
Please answer one question from Section A

Your response to each question should include discussions of formal aspects, subject matter, and sociopolitical context. In each essay, make at least three references to the assigned Readings. Be sure to have a clear thesis, and structure your analysis in essay form. Only reference materials assigned for this class (no extra research required). When you cite any work or quote from any source, be sure to include footnotes or endnotes specifying the exact work or source to which you refer. Your footnotes or endnotes should follow the conventions indicated in the Final Paper Formatting Guidelines (see below).
NB: You are not required to supplement your essay with a Bibliography.

It is strongly recommended that in your discussion you give primary importance to the images / artworks, rather than the historical narratives in which they are embedded. To put this another way: make use of the historical narratives and frameworks to clarify the artworks, rather than use the artworks to illustrate the historical narratives and frameworks. As part of that emphasis, it is good practice for you to cut-and-paste the main images that you want to discuss and insert them into the body your essay, so your reader can read your commentary and examine the image at the same time.

Section A

1) Give an historical overview of the changing critical estimation of ink painting in the 20th century.
(You may want to include in your account the emergence of a domestic and international art market for ink painting in Shanghai from the late Qing onward; the assimilation of ink painting within a dominant photorealist treatment of the image in the work of Jiang Zhaohe or Fang Zengxian; the critique of ink painting advanced in the early 1950s by prominent Party intellectuals such as Jiang Feng and Ai Qing; the shift toward more calligraphic pictorial idioms in the later 1950s; the use of eccentric or empty forms of script among artists of the ’85 movement such as Xu Bing, Gu Wenda and Wu Shanzhuan; the revival of Northern Song landscape painting by Li Huayi).
Base your essay on your close analysis of between 6 and 8 artworks. When discussing particular works, be sure to include their full ID – the artist’s name, the title of the work, and its date – so there is no confusion or ambiguity about exactly which work you are referring to).
2) Historical experience in 20th century China involved very distinct political systems: imperial rule in the late Qing; the Republican era; a period of guidance and support by the USSR; the Cultural Revolution; and the Reform era.
Basing your account on the detailed analysis of between 6 and 8 artworks, give an overview of the ways in which visual art expressed the changing social and political values in these different periods and regimes.

VIS 127N: Final Paper Formatting Guidelines – (Chicago Manual of Style)

1. Heading: The heading goes in the upper right corner of the first page of your exam and should look like this:
Your Name
VIS124BN – Final Exam
Professor Norman Bryson

2. Formatting:
12-point font for the main text, footnotes are 10-point, illustration captions are 9-point
Times New Roman
1” page margins
Insert page number at the top right corner of each page
Heading is single-spaced, the entire body is DOUBLE SPACED
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3. When you cite a book or article in your essay…
You must always specify your exact source by means of a footnote placed at the bottom of the page. The footnote should be formatted like the example below.
Example (text): In Semiotic Warfare, Martina Köppel-Yang points out that “[Xu Bing’s] attacks against the cultural canons of Chinese writing are as systematic and thorough as Mao’s transformation of China’s culture and society.”
Example (footnote at the bottom of the page, 10-pt font):
1 Martina Köppel-Yang, Semiotic Warfare: A Semiotic Analysis of the Chinese Avant-Garde 1979-1989 (Hong Kong: Timezone 8, 2003), 109.

4. When you cite a work of art in your essay….
You must always specify exactly which work you are referring to by means of a footnote placed at the bottom of the page, in 10-point font. Cite the full ID, i.e. artist’s name, title of the work, and the work’s date.
Example (footnote at the bottom of the page, in 10-point font):
2 Qi Baishi, Magnolias and Bees, 1955.

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