American Art in Asia
Artistic Praxis and Theoretical Divergence
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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
Introduction. American Art as Cultural Hegemony: 1945–1989
Part 1: Post War American Art in Postcolonial Asia
Leaving Yourself Behind: American Art and the 1947 Partition of British India
What Can Ad Reinhardt Teach Us About Asian Art?
Painting as Information: The Reception of Abstract Expressionism in Japan
Minimalism: A View from Singapore
Part 2: American Artists in Asia Today
The (im)Possibilities of Cultural Collectivity: American Artist in Setouchi
Rare Earth Image Bank: Extraction Geology and Stock Photos, from Wyoming to Inner Mongolia
Interstates and Inner States: Howard Henry Chen
Part 3: Asia in American Art
Mapping Lee Mingwei’s Transnational Art Practice
American War in Vietnam: We Are Besides Ourselves
"America" in China and "Asia" in Contemporary American Art
Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe
Part 4: Connecting Asia and America in the Global South
Buying and Selling American Taste: Pop Art and the Inscription of Violence as Artistic Strategy in Colombia
Considering Dhaka Art Summit from a Chamorro’s Perspective: A Walk Through its Institutional History
The Artpologists: Participatory Art and Participant Observation in Central Asia
Conclusion. Points of Intersection: Realigning Future Art Histories
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.