Friday, January 7, 2011

New Asian Art titles

Here is a selection of recent additions to our Asian Art titles:

Asian Modernities: Chinese and Thai Art Compared, 1980 To 1999 by John Clark. This 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.

Working. Working is a project by 10 leading contemporary Malaysian artists. It is a book about the events that take place in an artist's studio and the thinking behind the artistic process. What exactly does an artist do? Where does he or she work? What materials do they use? What are the problems an artist faces when making a work? What goes on in their head when they are making work? This publication explores the working processes of 10 local practitioners and their relationship with their respective working environments through a series of interviews and artists' self-documentation, recording their individual progress of making of a specific work for the project.

Still Crazy After All These Years by Agus Suwage. Still Crazy After All These Years is a much-anticipated monograph of the career and works of Agus Suwage, the great leading light in contemporary art in Indonesia. Edited by Enin Supriyanto, this beautifully designed tome is a comprehensive documentation of Agus Suwage's work over the past three decades, compiling existing and newly commissioned writing on the artist. It aspires to be as huge, wonderful and crazy as the artist's own output, while being fantastically light to carry and post. A must for contemporary art enthusiasts.

Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City by Nancy Berliner. This account with some 300 illustrations of the Qianlong Garden in Beijing's Forbidden City (Palace Museum) is published to complement the ongoing exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum. Ninety artefacts which have never before left Beijing are illustrated. These include screens, furnishings and paintings chosen by or for the Emperor who ruled 1732-95. There are illustrated articles on: the Garden and on other gardens of the Emperor Qianlong; timelines; the work and plans of the World Monuments Fund; on the surviving records and Coda; a glossary and translation guide; a catalogue of the exhibition; bibliography and index.

Contemporary Asian Art by Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio. This major study of contemporary Asian art presents and discusses works by some 180 artists. Accounts are given of the artistic trends and achievements which are emerging from the interplay of contemporary politics, urban development and consumerism with art traditions and the new media and stereotypes. The 235 illustrations indicate the range of artistic works in calligraphy, painting, sculpture, photography, and in installation, performance and internet art. With some 200 artists, summary, biographies, bibliography, listing of museums and galleries, and index.

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