CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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KARETZKY, Patricia
The Impact of the Curriculum of Chinese Art Schools: Western Influences in Chinese Contemporary Art

Session 20 Professional Education and Aesthetic Education

Bard College


Western art has been a part of the art school curriculum since the late 19th century. Its influence is obvious; yet its collective impact on contemporary art has yet to be fully considered. This paper offers short interviews with 15 eminent artists, born and educated in different institutions located throughout China.I asked them the following questions: When did you attend Art College? Which one?  What courses did you study? What impact did western art have on your art? I will consider each artist’s response and a few representations of their work.Knowledge of western art is naturally reflected in their art. It not only imparts a number of painting techniques, but a way of seeing the visual world, of framing experience. Some artists consciously draw their work upon western conventions, referring directly to European masterpieces; others through choice and treatment of the subject indirectly relate to the styles of the west. Despite their relationship to western art, it is important to recognize the creative individuality of the artists, and how they employed their familiarity with western art and techniques to create original and compelling works of art.

KARETZKY, Patricia

Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky holds the O Munsterberg Chair of Asian Art at Bard College, New York and is an Adjunct Professor at Lehman College, City University of New York. She was editor of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions, and has published books on Medieval Chinese Religious Art; numerous articles on Chinese medieval, religious, and Contemporary Art, and curated and written catalogues for exhibitions on Chinese Contemporary Art.