Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader

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Overview

In 2008, Asia stormed the citadel of the New Yorkart world when two major museums presented retrospectives of Asian contemporaryartists: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim Museum andTakashi Murakami at theBrooklyn Museum. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, a painting by Zeng Fanzhi sold for$9.5 million, settinga new world auction record for Chinese contemporary art. The Western art worldis still coming to grips with the challenge: it is all about Asia now. This book is the first anthology ofcritical writings to map the shift in both the nature and the reception ofAsian art over the past twenty years. Offering texts by leading figures in thefield (mostly Asian), and including more than fifty illustrations in color andblack and white, it covers developments in East Asia (including China, Korea, andJapan), South Asia (including India and Pakistan), and Southeast Asia (includingVietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand). Together, the twenty-three textsposit ahistorical and pan-Asian response to the question, "What is Asiancontemporary art?" Considering such topics asAsian modernism ("productivemistranslation" of the European original), Asian cubism, and thecurating, collecting, and criticism of Asian contemporary art, this bookpromises to be a foundational reference for many years to come.

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"As Asia has risen amidst a global sea change to reconfigure the economic, political,and cultural order of our time, a defining question for the coming decade is, Whither Asian art? How will this new thinner for hardened categories reset the international art scene? Contemporary Art inAsia is a retrospective selection of those seminal essays by theorists, curators, and art historians that over the past two decades have given voice to the exponential rise of Asia's art, an accelerating process of cultural counterpoint that in itself brings legitimacy to the very concept of Asian art." Roger T. Ames , Department of Philosophy, University ofHawai'i

"Chiu and Genocchio have chosen among the best critical writing over the last twenty years. In multiplicity this collection offers several trajectories and tendencies for engaging contemporary Asian art today. In particular the writings from Southeast Asia are key texts that Iwill be recommending to my students." Richard Streitmatter-Tran , artist and co-curator of "The Mekong" at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

"This collection of essays will be a hugely important resource for anyone wishing to understand the history, scope, and complexity of this emergent and vital field of artistic practice.

The volume will be extremely useful to specialists and also to curators, collectors, and researchers looking to gain a detailed and informative grasp of historical developments and concepts of modernity, cultural translation, globalization, and localized cultural concepts in Asia."Katie Hill , Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Art, University ofWestminster

"This long-awaited collection does a superb job of bringing together some of the groundbreaking essays that in the past two decades have accompanied the emergence and acceptance of contemporary Asian art in the 'West.' They illustrate how thoroughly the orientation and direction of the international art world has shifted over time." Stefan Landsberger ,Olfert Dapper Professor of Contemporary Chinese Culture, University of Amsterdam, and AssociateProfessor in Contemporary Chinese History, Leiden University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262516235
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2011
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Chiu is Museum Director and Vice President of GlobalArt Programs at the Asia Society in New York.

Benjamin Genocchio is a formerart critic for the New York Times and is currently editor-in-chief of Art+ Auction and Modern Paintersmagazine.

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