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American Art in Asia
Artistic Praxis and Theoretical Divergence




ISBN 9780367672133
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
286 Pages 86 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This book challenges existing notions of what is "American" and/or "Asian" art, moving beyond the identity issues that have dominated art-world conversations of the 1980s and the 1990s and aligning with new trends and issues in contemporary art today, e.g. the Global South, labor, environment, and gender identity.

Contributors examine both historical and contemporary instances in art practices and exhibition-making under the rubric of "American art in Asia." The book complicates existing notions of what constitutes American art, Asian American (and American Asian) art. As today’s production and display of contemporary art takes place across diffused borders, under the fluid conditions of a globalized art world since transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, new contexts and art historical narratives are forming that upend traditional Euro-American mappings of center-margins, migratory patterns and community engagement.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, American studies, Asian studies and visual culture.

Table of Contents

1. American Art as Cultural Hegemony: 1945–1989

Kyunghee Pyun

 

PART I: Post-War American Art in Postcolonial Asia

2. Leaving Yourself Behind: Bourke-White, Zarina, and the Partition of British India

Asma Naeem

3. What Can Ad Reinhardt Teach Us About Asian Art?

Michael J. Hatch

4. Painting as Information: The Reception of Abstract Expressionism in Japan

Kenji Kajiya

5. Minimalism: A View from Singapore

Russell Storer


PART II: American Artists in Asia Today

6. The (im)Possibilities of Cultural Collectivity: American Artist in Setouchi

James Jack

7. Rare Earth Image Bank: Extraction Geology and Stock Photos, from Wyoming to Inner Mongolia

David Kelley

8. Interstates and Inner States: Howard Henry Chen

Việt

Part III: Locating Asia in American Art

9. Mapping Lee Mingwei’s Transnational Art Practice

Leslie Ureña

10. American War in Việt Nam: We Are Besides Ourselves

Hồng-Ân Trương

11. America in China: Cross-cultural Confluences in Contemporary American Art

Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe

PART IV: Connecting Asia and the Americas in the Global South

12. Buying and Selling American Taste: Pop Art and the Inscription of Violence as Artistic Strategy in Colombia

Jennifer Burris

13. Considering Dhaka Art Summit from a CHamoru Perspective: A Walk Through its Institutional History

Diana Campbell

14. The Artpologists: Rethinking Food Justice in Central Asia

Zhanara Nauruzbayeva

 15. Points of Intersection: Realigning Future Art Histories

Michelle Lim

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Editor(s)

Biography

Michelle Lim is Assistant Professor at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Kyunghee Pyun is Associate Professor of History of Art at the State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology.

Reviews

    This book challenges existing notions of what is "American" and/or "Asian" art, moving beyond the identity issues that have dominated art-world conversations of the 1980s and the 1990s and aligning with new trends and issues in contemporary art today, e.g. the Global South, labor, environment, and gender identity.

    Contributors examine both historical and contemporary instances in art practices and exhibition-making under the rubric of "American art in Asia." The book complicates existing notions of what constitutes American art, Asian American (and American Asian) art. As today’s production and display of contemporary art takes place across diffused borders, under the fluid conditions of a globalized art world since transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, new contexts, and art historical narratives are forming that upend traditional Euro-American mappings of center-margins, migratory patterns, and community engagement.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, American studies, Asian studies, and visual culture.