This book by renowned art historian John Clark presents an argument that debunks the idea of a 'single' modern Asian art and of a unidirectional flow of influence from West to East. Focusing on Japan, China, India, Thailand, and Indonesia, the text charts a complex ebb and information and transformations, from which emerged diverse modernisms.

'Through a series of empirical micro-histories, the book proceeds to look closely at the conditions for art practice in each country. Prehistories, colonialism, transfers of information, the application of neotraditional art, arts infrastructure, types of artist, modes of exhibition, domains of practice, the avant-garde movement, the influence of nationalism, and issues of integration and autonomy are rigorously explored by the author. The dynamic realm of contemporary Asian art, which today takes the international stage, is also highlighted in later chapters.' - from book flap.

Includes a list of interviews, bibliography, and an index.
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Chapter headings
Introduction: A Disciplinary Field
Prehistory and Modernism
The Chinese and the Jesuits
Dutch Images and Eighteenth-Century Japan
Etching in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Glass Painting in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Knowledge of European Drawing Technique and Oil Painting in Asian Contexts before the 1850s
The Transfer
Models of Transfer
Modalities of Transfer
Types of Culture Mediating Transfer
Formation of the Neotraditional
The Notion of Tradition and its Modern Inapplicability
Towards a Definition of the Neotraditional
Criteria of Modernity and the Neotraditional
Neotraditionalist Painting in India
Some Recent Thai Neotraditional Painting
The Aristocrats
Types of Artists
Hyakutake Kaneyuki
Ravi Varma
Comparison of Aristocratic Artists
Two other Artists in Japan
The Plebeians
The Plebeian Artist
The Reprographic Context
Image Genealogies
The Workshop
Imported Equipment and Technicians
New Popular Visual Discourse
Photography as Technique
Photography as Style
Popular Illustration and 'Fine Art' Prints
The Professional Artist
The Professional
Historical Perspectives on some Major Art Schools in Asia
The Functions of Art Schools
The Artisan Atelier and its Modern Successors
The Regime of the Professional
The Integrated System
The Social Domain of Certification
Beyond the Art World
Exhibition: The Salon and the Establishment
Exhibited Spectacles
Types of Artist Group Structure and Exhibition
Fine Art Societies and Other Exhibition Venues in India
The Salon Structure
Salons and Society
Towards a Tripartite Notion of Art Society
The Scale of Social Time
The Avant-Garde
Definition of Avant-Garde
The Concept of the Avant-Garde
Towards an Asian Avant-Garde
The Avant-Garde as an Institutional Position
Defining Associated Types of Avant-Garde
Defining Functions of Avant-Garde for the Artist
Avant-Garde Art as Criticism
Nationalism and Allegories of the State
Thematic Approaches
Asian Nationalism and Modern Asian Art
Some Subjects in Pictorial Representation of the National
Allegory and National Expression in Art
Cycles of Integration and Autonomy
The Orientalismic Miasma
Types of Relationships between the Local and the International
Features of Relationships between the Local and the International
Features across Specifically Asian Discourses
Critical Functional Values in Modernity
Style as Discourse or as a Marker of Discourse
The Contemporary
The Contemporary as a Site in the Absence of History
Definitions of the Contemporary in the Late 1980s
Discourse Abandoned or Circumvented
Postmodernity or the Modern Extended
Formulations of Taste
International Sites and Spectacles
Historical Forgetting and Remembering
The Heritage of the Past in the Present Discourse of Modern Asian Art
Modern Asian Art
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