Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia 1960-1969

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The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 illuminates the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literary texts and philosophical concepts on American artistic practices from the late nineteenth century through the present. Released to accompany a major survey at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Third Mind traces how the classical arts of India, China and Japan and the systems of Hindu, Taoist, Tantric Buddhist and Zen Buddhist thought that were collectively admired as the "East" were ...
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The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 illuminates the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literary texts and philosophical concepts on American artistic practices from the late nineteenth century through the present. Released to accompany a major survey at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Third Mind traces how the classical arts of India, China and Japan and the systems of Hindu, Taoist, Tantric Buddhist and Zen Buddhist thought that were collectively admired as the "East" were known, reconstructed and transformed by American cultural, intellectual and political forces. Featuring 270 objects in an array of media including painting, works on paper, books and ephemera, sculptures, video art and installations, this richly illustrated catalogue also includes scholarly essays by museum curators and academics specializing in art history, intellectual history, Asian studies and Postcolonial religious and cultural studies and representing a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
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This investigation of the impact of Asian culture on American creativity is the culmination of an ambitious multiyear project also featuring a headline-grabbing Guggenheim Museum exhibition and performance series. It focuses on the singular nexus of Eastern and Western art histories and philosophical discourses at a depth not before achieved in a single monograph. Describing a narrative arc beginning with Emerson's and Thoreau's encounters with the Bhagavad Gita and Tao Te Ching and continuing via Frank Lloyd Wright and Jack Kerouac to 21st-century installation art and contemporary musical performance, the book covers a lot of aesthetic and historical ground. Ten scholarly, penetrating essays are amply illustrated and address numerous aesthetic products aroused by the Asian influences acting upon American artists. A reiterated, overarching leitmotif is the spiritual dimension that Asian influences infused within existing modes of creative expression in the United States—a message that in and of itself is worth the price of admission. VERDICT This intelligent sojourn into transpacific culture appeals as broadly as the sprawling topic it covers; of great interest to students of art history, music theory and composition, peripatetic culture wanderers, and aesthetes in general.—Douglas F. Smith, Berkeley PL, CA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780892073832
  • Publisher: Guggenheim, Solomon R. Museum
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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"Kristine Stiles is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University and the co-editor of Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art. Her forthcoming publications include Uncorrupted Joy: Art Actions, History, and Social Value, Correspondence Course: Selected Letters of Carolee Schneemann and her Circle, and Concerning Consequences: Performance Art and Survival in Cultures of Trauma."

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