Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and by Michelle Antoinette, Caroline Turner

By Michelle Antoinette, Caroline Turner

This quantity attracts jointly essays via best paintings specialists watching the dramatic advancements in Asian artwork and exhibitions within the final 20 years. The authors discover new nearby and international connections and new methods of realizing modern Asian artwork within the twenty-first century. The essays coalesce round 4 key subject matters: world-making; intra-Asian local connections; art’s affective skill in cross-cultural engagement; and Australia’s cultural connections with Asia. In exploring those issues, the essays undertake a range of ways and surround paintings historical past, paintings thought, visible tradition and museum experiences, in addition to curatorial and inventive perform. With introductory and concluding essays through editors Michelle Antoinette and Caroline Turner this quantity good points contributions from key writers at the area and on modern paintings: Patrick D Flores, John Clark, Chaitanya Sambrani, Pat Hoffie, Charles Merewether, Marsha Meskimmon, Francis Maravillas, Oscar Ho, Alison Carroll and Jacqueline Lo. Richly illustrated with works of art via top modern Asian artists, modern Asian artwork and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making might be crucial studying for these attracted to fresh advancements in modern Asian artwork, together with scholars and students of artwork background, Asian reports, museum stories, visible and cultural stories.

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9 While Meskimmon’s exploration of these artists’ practice recognises their particular Asia-based experiences and concerns, the kinds of connectivity she explores are not limited by geographical or cultural horizons. In fact, Meskimmon articulates an argument about the affective capacity of contemporary art to allow empathetic and sensory connections between people across cultural, linguistic and social borders—to allow ‘a place in which we can imagine and respond to other people who are different from ourselves’.

For their art is not didactic in its communicative intent and call to response, but rather elicits audience response via art’s affective or sensory invitation to empathic relation and dialogue with others. Indeed, connectivities also evoke the concept of ‘relation’—including ‘relating to’ and ‘relating with’, and the kinds of relationships drawn by and through art. 12 This may be contrasted with modern notions of 10 Meskimmon, Contemporary Art. 11 Marsha Meskimmon, essay abstract for this book: ‘Response and Responsibility: On the Cosmo-politics of Generosity in Contemporary Asian Art’.

32 Introduction Part 2 — Asia Present and Resonant the artist as individual genius, whose art is firmly framed as an autonomous product of individual authorship. Several essays draw attention to these kinds of socially connected art practice and the ways in which they resituate the conventional roles of and relations between art, artist, and audience and, in turn, generate alternative meanings about the role and value of art itself. They reflect the recent positioning of contemporary art, not merely as a signifier or mirror of the world, but as a form of relational process, collaboration and/or engagement.

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