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The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Art in Global Asia

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ISBN 9781032258515
December 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

This substantial collection of newly commissioned essays presents an ambitious, entertaining, and accessible guide to developments in Asian art over the past twenty 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, multi-authored, 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.

Table of Contents


Contexts, Definitions, Problems

Art in Global Asia in a Transformed World

Menene Gras, Jonathan Harris, Bashir Makhoul

Why Asia? Map-making as the Social Construction of Place. The Increasing Asian Power in the World. [Part 1] Menene Gras

Shifting Local Cultures through Traveling Identities in the New Silk Roads: The Temptation to Return. [Part 2] Menene Gras

A Mappings

Section Introduction (eds.)

1 Orders of Spectating: Rehearsals of Sovereignty and New Museums of Art in the Near East

Lewis Johnson

2 Pedagogy, Bureaucracy and Fashioning a Rooted Modernism

Hammad Nasar

3 The 1990s: A New Epoch in the History of Korean Contemporary Art

Kim Hong-hee

4 Facts in the Ground: Artefacts, Fictions and National Identities in Contemporary Palestinian Art

Gordon Hon

5 Telling Time through Nation and Narration. Towards an Understanding of ‘Asian Contemporary Art’ in Global Asia

Menene Gras

B Regions and Borders

Section Introduction (eds.)

6 Palestinian Video Art and the Fluxus of Globalisation. Part 1: "Palestinian" as a Contemporary National Identity

Bashir Makhoul

7 Palestinian Video Art and the Fluxus of Globalisation. Part 2: Palestine as an ‘Imagined Community’

Bashir Makhoul

8 Doing the Business in the Hong Kong Art World

Jonathan Harris

9 The Woman Does Not Exist: De-oedipalization of Contemporary Art

Sumi Kang

10 Metonym and Metaphor, Islands and Continents: Reflections on Curating Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia

Lee Weng Choy


C Sites, Systems and Practices

Section Introduction (eds.)

11 Palestinian International Exhibitions: From Universal Resistance to Global Nomadism – The Case of Qalandiya International. Part 1: Qalandiya International: The Predicament of a Colonially Defined Locality

Rawan Sharaf

12 Palestinian International Exhibitions: From Universal Resistance to Global Nomadism – The Case of Qalandiya International. Part 2: Qalandiya International: A Genealogy of Institutional Patterns, Behaviours and References’

Rawan Sharaf

13 Art after March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami: Radical Changes in Japanese Art

Ken Kondo

14 Biennales and Triennales in Global Asia: Art as Journey and Encounter

Caroline Turner

15 Museum Frenzy: Notes from the Field on Studying the True Colour Museum

Isaac Leung

D Reflections on the Dialectics of Contemporary Art in Asia

Section Introduction (eds.)

16 The Exhibition

Amanullah Mojadidi

17 The Age of Gold and the Dust of Stars: Paradise and Fall in the Paintings of Li Xinping

David Elliott

18 The Provincial Cosmopolitan: Emily Jacir and the Mediterranean Sea

Nicos Papastergiadis

19 A New Ecology of Knowledges: Modes of Abyssal Thinking

Anna Maria Guasch

20 From Dusty Warehouses to the White Cube: BizArt and the Developing Forms of Contemporary Art Display in Shanghai

Davide Quadrio

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Menene Gras has been the Director of Culture and Exhibitions at Casa Asia (Barcelona and Madrid) since 2003 and is also the current Director of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona (AFFBCN). With a PhD from the University of Barcelona, Menene Gras is an art critic, curator, lecturer and former professor at the same university. Author of many essays, catalogues, anthologies and four books of poetry, she was Art Correspondent for Art Forum for more than twelve years and has been writing in many newspapers and art magazines for many years.

Jonathan Harris has taught at several British universities including Keele, Liverpool, Southampton, Birmingham City and the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, England, where he is Director of UCA Doctoral College. Specialising in modernist and contemporary art, Harris has published 23 books and over 150 book and journal essays, including a trilogy of studies on art and globalization, and most recently he has edited Terrorism and the Arts (Routledge 2021).

Bashir Makhoul is President & Vice-Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts, UK. Professor Makhoul is a writer, editor, and artist with a substantial track record of driving globalization initiatives within higher education. He is widely acknowledged as a global authority on Palestinian art.