Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art / Edition 1

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Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes chronicles the blossoming of Asian American art and anticipates the growing democratization of American art and culture. Pairing work by twenty-four contemporary Asian American visual artists with responses provocatively drawn from cultural critics, other artists, activists, and intellectuals, this book explores themes of geographical movement, the sexuality of Asian bodies, colonization, miscegenation, hybrid forms of immigrant cultures, the loss of home, war, history, and memory.

Elaine H. Kim's historical introduction charts the trajectory of Asian American art from the nineteenth century to the present, offering a comprehensive account of artists, major artworks, and major events. Commentaries by writers, artists, and cultural activists examine the work of visual artists such as Pacita Abad, Albert Chong, Y. David Chung, Allan deSouza, Michael Joo, Hung Liu, Yong Soon Min, Manuel Ocampo, PipoNguyen-Duy, Roger Shimomura, Carlos Villa, and Martin Wong. Prominent artists and critics such as Homi K. Bhabha, Luis Camnitzer, Enrique Chagoya, Gina Dent, Ellen Gallagher, Arturo Lindsay, Kobena Mercer, Griselda Pollock, Jolene Rickard, Faith Ringgold, Ella Shohat, Lowery Stokes Sims, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie offer thought-provoking reflections on each artist. Sharon Mizota's extended captions further elucidate the paintings, graphics, photography, installations, and mixed-media constructions under discussion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520244856
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 1,273,787
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine H. Kim is Professor of Asian American and Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is coeditor of Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writing (2002) and executive producer of the documentary Labor Women (2002). Margo Machida is Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She is also Visiting Scholar at New York University's Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program. Sharon Mizota is a visual artist and web designer who received her M.F.A. from Rutgers University. Lisa Lowe is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego, and author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American

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Table of Contents

Preface: Visual Art and the Imagining of Asian America - An Editorial View
Foreword: Out of the West - Asian Migration and Modernity
Introduction: Interstitial Subjects - Asian American Visual Art as a Site for New Cultural Conversations 1
Gallery with plate commentaries 51
Interchanges with figure commentaries 77
Pacita Abad: A Woman of Color 79
Kristine Yuki Aono: Installing Memories 83
Tomie Arai: Ties That Wrap around the World 87
Sung Ho Choi: Suitcase of Memories 91
Albert Chong: "It's Complex" 95
Ken Chu: You Don't See Yourself 99
Y. David Chung: Sponge 103
Allan deSouza: Let's Get Lost 107
Michael Joo: A Rock and a Hard Place 111
Jin Soo Kim: Primal Energy 115
Hung Liu: Odalisque 119
Yong Soon Min: Defining Moments 123
Long Nguyen: Flesh of the Inscrutable 127
Manuel Ocampo: Apocalypse Now 131
Hanh Thi Pham: Contemplating Expatriate Consciousness #9 135
Pipo Nguyen-Duy: The Thin Line between Tragedy and Beauty 139
Roger Shimomura: Sansei Samurai 143
Shahzia Sikander: A Happy Dislocation 147
Do-Ho Suh: Place as an Infinite Ritual 151
Mitsuo Toshida: Transmigration and the Double Nation 155
Carlos Villa: The Common Cape 159
Martin Wong: Chino Malo 163
Lynne Yamamoto: Reflections on Hair and Memory Loss 167
Zarina: Embodiments of Home/Imprints of Existence 173
Notes 177
Artists' Biographies 187
Notes on Commentators 195
List of Illustrations 199
Index 203
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