Session 1: Globalisation & Art - A Brief History

Speaker: Paul Wood, Senior Lecturer, Department of Art History, The Open University



Paul Wood considers some historical precedents for the relation of western art to the art of the rest of the world. In particular, he talks about the early 20th century avant-gardist notion of ‘the primitive’ and the break-up of this idea in the later 20th century. He then considers some of the different types of challenge posed to received ideas of art by the increasingly globalised practice of the present day, and in particular problems posed by the absorption of certain non-western cultural practices and products into the international market.

Further Reading

Niru Ratnam, ‘Exhibiting the ‘other’: the Yuendumu community’s Yarla’ in Frameworks for Modern Art, Yale University Press, 2004, pp.207-48

Niru Ratnam, ‘Art and Globalisation’ in Themes in Contemporary Art, Yale University Press, 2004, pp.277-310

Part VI, ‘Globalisation’, in Art of the Twentieth Century: A Reader, Yale University Press, 2004, pp.289-326 (includes texts by Stuart Hall, Sarat Maharaj, Rex Butler and Okwui Enwezor)