This substantial collection of newly commissioned essays presents an ambitious, entertaining, and accessible guide to developments in Asian art over the past 20 years of the epoch of globalization.
The term ‘global Asia’ signals the genesis and evolution of contemporary art within the context of global economic, social, political, and intellectual change related to the end of the Cold War, decolonization, the emergence of postcolonial societies and cultures, and the rise of a global contemporary art world. In the handbook its editors establish, in an extended introductory section and in four section introductions, the theoretical, geographical, and historical parameters within which the contemporary visual arts of ‘global Asia’ may be described, analyzed, and evaluated. The collected chapters provide a diverse, multiauthored, heterogeneous, and genuinely plural account of art and its contexts. The democratic and inclusive character of globalization is reflected and produced within this anthology, which includes different styles of writing as well as varieties of analytic and thematic focus.
The anthology will appeal to both scholars and students in art history, art practice, curation, contemporary art, fine art, cultural studies, and globalization studies.
I. Contexts, Definitions, Problems
1. Introduction: Art in 'Global Asia' in a Transformed World
Jonathan Harris, Menene Gras, Bashir Makhoul
2. Why Asia? Map-making as the Social Construction of Place. Increasing Asian Power in the World.
3. Shifting Local Cultures through Traveling Identities in the New Silk Roads: The Temptation to Return.
4. Orders of Spectating: Rehearsals of Sovereignty and New Museums of Art in the Near East
5. Pedagogy, Bureaucracy, and Fashioning a Rooted Modernism
6. The 1990s: A New Epoch in the History of Korean Contemporary Art
7. Facts in the Ground: Artefacts, Fictions, and National Identities in Contemporary Palestinian Art
8. Telling Time through Nation and Narration. Towards an Understanding of ‘Asian Contemporary Art’ in Global Asia
III. Regions and Borders
9. Palestinian Video Art and the Fluxus of Globalization. 'Palestinian' as a Contemporary National Identity
10. Palestinian Video Art and the Fluxus of Globalization. Palestine as an ‘Imagined Community’
11. Doing the Business in the Hong Kong Art World
12. The Woman Does Not Exist: De-oedipalization of Contemporary Art
13. Metonym and Metaphor, Islands and Continents: Reflections on Curating Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia
IV. Sites, Systems, and Practices
14. Palestinian International Exhibitions: From Universal Resistance to Global Nomadism – The Case of Qalandiya International. Qalandiya International: The Predicament of a Colonially Defined Locality
15. Palestinian International Exhibitions: From Universal Resistance to Global Nomadism – The Case of Qalandiya International. Qalandiya International: A Genealogy of Institutional Patterns, Behaviours and References
16. Art after the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami: Radical Changes in Japanese Art
17. Biennales and Triennales in Global Asia: Art as Journey and Encounter
18. Museum Frenzy: Notes from the Field on Studying the True Colour Museum
V. Reflections on the Dialectics of Contemporary Art in Asia
19. The Exhibition
20. The Age of Gold and the Dust of Stars: Paradise and Fall in the Paintings of Li Xinping
21. The Provincial Cosmopolitan: Emily Jacir and the Mediterranean Sea
22. A New Ecology of Knowledges: Modes of Abyssal Thinking
Anna Maria Guasch
23. From Dusty Warehouses to the White Cube: BizArt and the Developing Forms of Contemporary Art Display in Shanghai