FINE 209 students post their research on non-Western modern artists

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Map of Africa, Europe and Asia with various digital pins"Mapping artists across the world" was a semester-long project for students in the Fall 2020 class of FINE 209: Introduction to Global Modernisms, an Art History course at the University of Waterloo. Students researched non-Western artists who practiced between the 1930s and the 1970s.

The results have now been published online with the intent of making this research public so that others can access information about these artists, which is not always available, or in the English language. Ideally this project will be ongoing with students in future classes adding resources and growing the Map.

These second and some third year art students were asked to do research on two to three artists from different parts of the world, and to create an entry on each artist in order to learn about global art, and to promote and highlight the accomplishments of non-Western artists between 1930s and 1970s. What you see here is the first batch of the entries. Each artist entry contains artist's biography, context in which the work developed, meaning of the work, visual analysis, image gallery, and bibliography. As this is a growing project I hope that as each subsequent class learns more about global artists the map will also grow. Each 'pin' is one artist. We hope that this research project might be of help to future students and educators in finding information about modernists around the globe. - Prof. Bojana Videkanic, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo.

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