Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, 1945-1990

Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art, 1945-1990

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780909952921
Publisher: Power Publications, Sydney
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Contributors: Melissa Carlson, Thanavi Chotpradit, Wulan Dirgantoro, Chomchon Fusinpaiboon, Brigitta Isabella, Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Roger Nelson, Simon S. Y. Soon, Clare Veal, and Michelle Wong

Table of Contents

Notes to readers vi

1 Aligning New Histories of Southeast Asian Art Phoebe Scott Yvonne Low Sarena Abdullah Stephen H Whiteman

Part 1 Art for the Nation

The Work the Nation Depends On': Landscapes and Women in the Paintings of Nhek Dim Roger Nelson 19

Strategic Modernism: The Architecture of Hsh Prince Vodhyakara Varavarn and Modern Thailand in Transition, 1950S-1960S Chomchon Fusinpaiboon 49

Part 2 Circulation and internationalism

The Politics of Friendship: Modern Art in Indonesia's Cultural Diplomacy, 1950-65 Brigitta Isabella 83

Circulating Abstraction: Exhibiting Hong Kong in Manila, 1961-82 Michelle Wong

Part 3 Contested Topographies 107

Place of Learning: The Contested Cultural Topographies of Nanyang University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Simon S Y Soon 139

Re-Establishing the Kingdom: Anti- Communist Monuments in the Thai Highlands Thanavi Chotpradit 165

Part 4 Trauma and Affect

Aesthetics of Silence: Exploring Trauma and Indonesian Paintings After 1965 Wulan Dirgantoro 199

Embodied Subjectivities: Accounts of Affect in Lani Maestro's Site-Specific Work, 1970S-1990S Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez 225

Part 5 Defining 'Art' in Southeast Asia

Beyond Reality: Locating the Sur-Real in Thai Photography Clare Veal 259

Painting Through the Cheroot Haze: Censorship of Female Artists in Socialist Burma, 1962-88 Melissa Carlson 291

Acknowledgements 325

Contributors 326

Index 328

What People are Saying About This

Nora A. Taylor

How does one define the art of a region without losing sight of cultural specificity? This question has often plagued art historical studies of the 'global,' but this exceptional collaborative research effort, conceived through archival research, extensive fieldwork and new theoretical perspectives, succeeds where others have failed: in presenting transnational perspectives on postwar artistic practices and the processes of decolonization in Southeast Asia without losing sight of national singularities.

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"How does one define the art of a region without losing sight of cultural specificity? This question has often plagued art historical studies of the 'global,' but this exceptional collaborative research effort, conceived through archival research, extensive fieldwork and new theoretical perspectives, succeeds where others have failed: in presenting transnational perspectives on postwar artistic practices and the processes of decolonization in Southeast Asia without losing sight of national singularities."—Nora A. Taylor, Alsdorf Professor of South and South Asian Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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