Module 6 Non-Western Art


A few years ago, when we studied Art History in the western world, we essentially looked at works of art created by white males. The works were what we called Eurocentric, and not yet global in it’s thinking.

The aesthetics of Greek and Roman art was repeated through the Renaissance, and into the modern world. With the 20th Century, the world began to change to a more global society, and the major art movements were forced change how we looked at art.

The art of Africa, and Asia, Ocean cultures of the Pacific, Pre-Columbian art in Mexico and South America began to be seen as having a greater influence on art. The art of Native American cultures in our own country also has entered the conversation.

Women, and people of color began to have a profound impact on art. It is this new reality that we are going to study in this module. We will look at China, Korea, Japan, India, Native Australian, African art, etc.



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