Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past' at the Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco from May to September 2012. The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

'The first major exhibition at the Asian Art Museum dedicated to Asian contemporary art, this exhibition explores how Asian cosmologies, views of nature, and religious outlooks are being carried on in the practice of artists "here and now". In the exhibition, the works of 31 Asian artists resonate with approximately 80 artworks selected from among the 17,000 pieces in the museum's collection that spans 6000 years of Asian history.' - from Mami Kataoka's essay

The catalogue is divided into four major sections and features essays by various curators and interviews with the artists. Includes a list of works by contemporary artists in the exhibition and biographies.
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Phantoms of Asia: Sensory Perception and Interconnectivity

- Mami KATAOKA, 片岡真実

Seeing with Phantoms of Asia

- Allison HARDING

Asian Cosmologies: Envisioning the Invisible
Asian Cosmologies

- Jeffrey S. DURHAM

Five Elements in Optical Glass

- Hiroshi SUGIMOTO, 杉本博司

Chinese Bronze Mirrors

- Dany CHAN

Sun K. Kwak


Excerpts from an interview with Charwei Tsai by Lesley Ma
Excerpts from an interview with Heman Chong by Ahmad Mashadi
Giving Form to the Unseen: Traditional Devotional Sculpture in Phantoms of Asia


World, Afterworld: Living beyond Living
Myth, Ritual, Meditation: Communing with Deities
The Still Dance


The Spirituality of Japanese Masks

- Melissa M. RINNE

Death and the Maiden: A Conversation with Adeela Suleman by Quddus Mirza
Conversation with Yoshihiro Suda by Laurie Britton Newell
A Study of the Objective Poetics of Negative Space

- Adrian WONG, 王浩然

Sacred Mountains: Encountering the Gods
Lin Xue: The Writing of Painting and the Spiritual Condition

- MAK Kathy Yimking, 麥艷琼

Divine Inspiration

- LIN Chuanchu, 林銓居

Mountain Gods

- Aki KONDO, 近藤亞樹

Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past
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