This two-week intensive course examines the production, circulation, and consumption of art in Asia, focusing on the art ecology of East Asia and Southeast Asia. It covers the rise of auction houses and galleries in the region, alongside artist initiatives and institutional growth, from government-sponsored museums to private foundations. The market for Asian works of art from all sectors, from traditional to contemporary, is explored through the information published by online databases and mediated by art market insights in specialist journals. The rising consumption of non-Asian art is also examined and put into the context of the global art world as a site for investment and cultural capital.
The course is delivered through an energetic mix of lectures, seminars, and visits, presented by international experts in the field.