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Asian Modernities


By John Clark

Winner of the 2011 AAANZ Best Book Prize

Asian Modernities: Chinese and Thai Art Compared, 1980 to 1999 is a ground-breaking comparison of two contemporary Asian art cultures. 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.

Asian Modernities is the winner of the 2011 AAANZ (Art Association of Australia and New Zealand) Best Book Prize. Read the citation here.

About the Author
John Clark is Professor Emeritus of Asian Art History at the University of Sydney and a preeminent world scholar on Asian art. He has given major keynote lectures in Beijing, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. His research is mainly on Japan, China, and Thailand, but he also has interests in modern Malaysian, Indonesian and Indian Art. He has organised several international conferences, writes frequently for scholarly and art world journals, and has authored and co-edited five books, including Modern Asian Art (Craftsman House/University of Hawai’i Press, 1998) and Modernities of Chinese Art (Brill, 2010).

272 pages, paperback, 146 black and white and 20 colour illustrations, 26.6 (h) x 22.1 (w) cm, index.
Published with the assistance of the Getty Foundation and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

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