Asian Modernities: Chinese and Thai Art Compared, 1980 to 1999 by John Clark is a groundbreaking comparison of two contemporary Asian art cultures.
It is the first analysis that defines a space for Asian modernity without direct reference to Euramerica. Based on John Clark’s extensive primary research using vernacular written and interview materials in Chinese and Thai, Asian Modernities also develops theoretical perspectives on genealogies of modernity, and the twin phenomena of globalisation and transnational artistic identity.
This highly illustrated book combines institutional examination with a close attention to art works and to the way artists have positioned themselves through them at home and abroad.
John Clark is Professor of Asian Art History at the University of Sydney and a leading scholar on Asian art. He has given major keynote lectures in Beijing, Berlin, London, and Tokyo and organised several international conferences. His research focuses mainly on Japan, China, and Thailand, but he also has interests in modern Malaysian, Indonesian and Indian art. He writes frequently for scholarly and art world journals, and has authored and coedited five books, including Modern Asian Art (Craftsman House/University of Hawai’i Press, 1998) and Modernities of Chinese Art (Brill, 2010).