Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader by Melissa ChiuContemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader by Melissa Chiu

Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader

EditorMelissa Chiu, Benjamin Genocchio

Paperback | February 25, 2011

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This foundational anthology maps the emergence of a dynamic new global phenomenon: contemporary Asian art.

In 2008, Asia stormed the citadel of the New York art world when two major museums presented retrospectives of Asian contemporary artists: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim Museum and Takashi Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, a painting by Zeng Fanzhi sold for $9.5 million, setting a new world auction record for Chinese contemporary art. The Western art world is still coming to grips with the challenge: it is all about Asia now. This book is the first anthology of critical writings to map the shift in both the nature and the reception of Asian art over the past twenty years. Offering texts by leading figures in the field (mostly Asian), and including more than fifty illustrations in color and black and white, it covers developments in East Asia (including China, Korea, and Japan), South Asia (including India and Pakistan), and Southeast Asia (including Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand). Together, the twenty-three texts posit an historical and pan-Asian response to the question, "What is Asian contemporary art?" Considering such topics as Asian modernism ("productive mistranslation" of the European original), Asian cubism, and the curating, collecting, and criticism of Asian contemporary art, this book promises to be a foundational reference for many years to come.

Melissa Chiu is Museum Director and Vice President of GlobalArt Programs at the Asia Society in New York. Benjamin Genocchio is a formerart critic for the New York Times and is currently editor-in-chief of Art+ Auction and Modern Painters magazine.
Title:Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.81 inPublished:February 25, 2011Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262516233

ISBN - 13:9780262516235


Editorial Reviews

This long-awaited collection does a superb job of bringing together some of the groundbreaking essays that in the past two decades have accompanied the emergence and acceptance of contemporary Asian art in the 'West.' They illustrate how thoroughly the orientation and direction of the international art world has shifted over time.