ASST 270
Visual Arts of Japan Spring 2019 Division I; Cross-listed as ARTH270 / ASST270

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This course is a survey of traditional Japanese painting, sculpture, architecture, woodblock prints, and decorative arts. Special attention will be paid to the developments in artistic style and subject matter in the contexts of contemporary cultural phenomena. Through visual analysis students learn the aesthetic, religious, and political ideals and cultural meanings conveyed in the works of art. Course highlights include the transmission of Buddhism and its art to Japan; Zen Buddhism and its art (dry gardens; temples; and tea ceremony related art forms) in the context of samurai culture; the sex industry and kabuki theater, their art, and censorship; and the Western influences on Japanese art and culture and vice versa, (Japanese woodblock prints’ impact on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, for example).
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 35
Requirements/Evaluation: three 30- to 40-minute quizzes, two short papers, film screening, class attendance
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ASST
Attributes: ARTH pre-1600 Courses; GBST East Asian Studies Electives

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