AHI 001D A01 University of Ca

There are two-part to this assignment.

Part 1:

Han Jun-bin, We're the Happiest in the World, 1975, ink on paper (4′42⁄5 × 3′87⁄8")

Han Jun-bin, We’re the Happiest in the World, 1975, ink on paper (4′42⁄5 × 3′87⁄8″)


The image above is a work of propaganda from North Korea. At a glance, this is a relatively simple image but it is dense with messages about North Korea and its people. Analyze the work and articulate what it is meant to communicate. How exactly does it do so? Be thorough and specific.

Your analysis should go beyond what is written in your textbook.

(at least 250 words; 10 points)


Read through your classmates’ posts and engage with at least one of them. Was there anything they missed? Having read your classmates’ analyses, is there anything you would add to or change about your own analysis?

(at least 50 words; 5 points)

Classmate’s post:

This work is able to easily communicate the idea that everyone should be happy living in North Korea. Creating this image of being happy, the citizens of North Korea are also given this expectation that they would feel obligated to meet. The depiction that these children were happy in this wonderful place gave the working people the idea that they should be happy too despite their horrible working conditions. In reality, the majority of the population struggled because of their working conditions and hours while the other small portion of the population lived more comfortable lives. If people were given the impression of a wonderful place, they would stay happy and not have expectations of an improvement of their society. If the people were not happy with their lives, they would protest and rebel. Despite the social status of the citizen, protesting or questioning the government was prohibited. The social realist style helped to prevent the people from protesting or rebelling about the government. The goal of this painting was to prevent people from realizing how controlled they were by their government and how horrible their lives really were. The people were always given art that made them believe they were living in an ideal society so that never questioned their authority. This artwork communicates the expectation of happiness by showing two happy children signing while wearing military outfits. Along with showing how joyous they were with where they live, they were also wearing military outfits showing support for the armed forces of North Korea

Part 2:

In the lecture this week, you learned about conceptual art and we briefly discussed the work shown below. Paik Nam June’s TV Buddha is an installation that features an antique bronze Buddha (not made by Paik). The Buddha statue sits in front of a television, which plays CC footage of the Buddha filmed on a camera also set up opposite the statue.


Paik Nam June, TV Buddha, 1974, video installation with bronze Buddha statue (63 × 843⁄5 × 311⁄2″)

What do you get from this work? What are the questions that TV Buddha poses and how does the installation challenge our expectations? As with most good conceptual art, there is not one single correct answer here. But keeping in mind the background of the artist, the context in which the work was made, and what you can see in the work, how do you interpret it?

Your post should reflect that you have read the lecture page, and if you would like to, you’re welcome to do additional research on the work. However, if you do, be careful about how you use your sources – DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.

(at least 300 words)

AHI 001D A01 University of Ca

There are two-part to this question

Part 1

Zochoten, Heian period, 11th century, wood with traces of paint and gilding (height 277⁄16")

Zochoten, Heian period, 11th century, wood with traces of paint and gilding (height 277⁄16″)

Unkei and Kaikei, Kongo Rikishi (Agyo and Ungyo), Kamakura period, 1203, painted wood (height 27'4")

Unkei and Kaikei, Kongo Rikishi (Agyo and Ungyo), Kamakura period, 1203, painted wood (height 27’4″)


The works reproduced above were already presented for comparison in your textbook (see p 329). For your assignment, this lesson, analyze how these works visually reflect important social differences between the Heian and Kamakura periods. Discuss how the works reveal shifts in power and the changes in aesthetic values that accompanied them.

(at least 250 words; 10 points)


Read through your classmates’ posts and engage with at least one of them. Was there anything they missed? Having read your classmates’ analyses, is there anything you would add to or change about your own analysis?

(5 points)

Classmate’s post:

When observing the two sculptures, one of the biggest features that stands out is the difference in their facial expressions. In the Kongo Rikishi sculpture from the Kamakura, the figure is seen with a fierce expression intended to scare off evil spirits while the Zochoten sculpture from the Heian period has a more subtle facial expression. The differences in their facial expressions could show the difference in their military techniques and status. During the Kamakura period, militarism was a big part of their government compared to the Heian period where the military didn’t play as big of a role. Still on the topic of the Kamakura’s militaristic government, the Kongo Riskishi sculpture is seen as aggressive in its posture and with exaggerated body features such as building muscles and a big head while the Zochoten sculpture is seen as more realistic by having more proportioned features. During the Heian period, the social structure was determined by the hierarchy status of an individual and their wealth. However, during the Kamakura period, social structure was determined by the status of the individual in relation to the military. Another difference is the clothing each of the sculptures are wearing. The Heian period sculpture is wearing full armour that clings tighter to the body while the Kamakura sculpture is wearing yoroi and a free flowing cloth around his waist. The Heian sculpture seems more heroic for his stance and clothing while the Kamakura sculpture seems more divine with its flowing clothing and “fearless” mudra. The differences between the two sculptures show that the Heian period was a time of imperial government that was switched to a military government in the Kamakura period.

Part 2

Chanoyu refers to the Japanese tea ceremony, developed in the 16th century, which you read about it in your textbook this lesson. Now read this article about The Japanese Tea Ceremony (Links to an external site.) and watch the video below before responding to the prompt.

What are your thoughts on chanoyu? Do you feel that the tea ceremony a legitimate art form? Why or why not?

a tea master prepares tea for the Japanese tea ceremony

AHI 001D A01 University of Ca

This assignment has two part of the questions

1st part of assigment

The painting below (covered on page 222 of your textbook) depicts an art exhibition held in Beijing in the early 20th century.

Picture attached below (chen_viewing_paitings.jpg)

Think about how works like the ones shown in the painting would have been viewed in previous eras and who would have had access to them. What does this painting reveal about changing art-viewing practices in China after the fall of the Qing Dynasty? How do the ways art is displayed here compare to practices today? Consider both the benefits and drawbacks of these changes.

(at least 200 words)

2nd part of the assigment

The often political nature of Ai Weiwei’s art has made him a controversial figure, especially in China, where he has been openly critical of the government.

In the work shown below, Ai is captured in the process of dropping an urn made during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) and allowing it to smash on the ground. Ai has said in reference to this work, ‘It’s powerful only because someone thinks it’s powerful and invests value in the object.

Picture attached below (ai_weiwei_dropping_urn.png)

Part 1:

What are your thoughts on this work? Why has Ai destroyed this ancient object? Can you find Ai’s political message in this work? What about a message about art in general? Is this an act of vandalism or is it a meaningful work of art? ( a paragraph)

Part 2:

Read through your classmates’ responses and engage with at least one of them. Did their post help you to understand the work better? Has anything prompted you to reevaluate your own response? Is there anything you disagree with? (at least 50 words)

Classmate’s post

I really enjoy and appreciate photography so I think Ai Weiwei did a good job of getting his message across. This work is very creative and he gets his point very well. Ai destroyed this ancient object because he wanted to make the point that art and society are modernizing and old art and traditions are being changed or “broken”. I think that the reason he created this work politically was to show the effects of the Cultural Revolution and the leadership of Chairman Mao. Mao wanted to change the artwork to fit a more socialist perspective which soon led to the modernization of art. In general, Ai was trying to say that in order to move on, we must create a new way of doing things and get rid of the old ways. Therefore, he wants to get rid of old traditions and replace them with new ones. I don’t think that this is vandalism because he is using this old art to create new art. The use of breaking old art just shows the creativity of the artist and his unique way of thinking.

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