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American Art in Asia
Artistic Praxis and Theoretical Divergence

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ISBN 9780367672133
April 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 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

    Introduction. American Art as Cultural Hegemony: 1945–1989

    Kyunghee Pyun

    Part 1: Post War American Art in Postcolonial Asia

    Leaving Yourself Behind: American Art and the 1947 Partition of British India

    Asma Naeem

    What Can Ad Reinhardt Teach Us About Asian Art?

    Michael Hatch

    Painting as Information: The Reception of Abstract Expressionism in Japan

    Kenji Kajiya

    Minimalism: A View from Singapore

    Russell Storer

    Part 2: American Artists in Asia Today

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

    James Jack

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

    David Kelley

    Interstates and Inner States: Howard Henry Chen


    Part 3: Asia in American Art

    Mapping Lee Mingwei’s Transnational Art Practice

    Leslie Ureña

    American War in Vietnam: We Are Besides Ourselves

    Hồng-Ân Trýõng

    "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

    Jennifer Burris

    Considering Dhaka Art Summit from a Chamorro’s Perspective: A Walk Through its Institutional History

    Diana Campbell

    The Artpologists: Participatory Art and Participant Observation in Central Asia

    Zhanara Nauruzbayeva

    Conclusion. Points of Intersection: Realigning Future Art Histories

    Michelle Lim

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    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.