This book gives a general introduction to art in Asia, from Japan to Pakistan, during the turbulent period from 1900 to 2000 that connects traditional and contemporary art. With selected bibliography, map of Asia in 1900 and that after 1950.
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Chapter 1 : A Mirror of Revolution
1. Asian Art and the West
2. Naming and Originality
3. Challenges to Traditional Ideas of Art
4. Asian Differences
5. Regional Differences
6. The Institutionalisation and Control of Art
7. The Place of Craft
Some Timely Threads
Chapter 2 : The Setting : From the Nineteenth Century
North Asia: Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan
1. Japanese Modernisation: Towards Art of the New Century
2. The Contrast in China and Korea: Upheaval and Defeat
Southeast Asia: The Philippines, Malaya, The Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Indo-China and Siam
1. European Colonialism in the Philippines, Malaya, the Dutch East Indies and Indo-China
2. The Separateness of Siam
South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent
1. The Gentleman Painter
2. The British and Ravi Varma
Chapter 3 : New Worlds: 1900-1940
North Asia: Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan
1. Japan: The Battle of Two Traditions
2. Colonised States: (a) Taiwan, (b) Korea
3. Chinese Stirrings: Art for the Elite
4. Chinese Stirrings: Art for the People and the Development of Graphic Art
Southeast Asia and the Struggle for Local Identity
1. Philippines Success
2. Setting the Scene for the Future
(a) Indonesia: From the 'Beautiful Indies' to Persagi
(b) Vietnam: From the School of Paris in the Far East to Ho Chi Minh
3. Slower Paces
(a) Siam: A Different Scenario
(b) Colonial Control and Other Strife
(i) The Malay Peninsula
(ii) Burma, Laos and Cambodia
4. A Different Flowering: Bali in the 1930s
South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent
1. The Dominance of Bengal: 'Tradition, Nature and Freedom'
2. Other Centres and Individuals
Chapter 4 : War and Nationalism: 1940-1960
South Asia: Ceylon, India and Pakistan
1. The '43 Group: A Time of Significance in Ceylon
2. India: A Gathering of Individuals
3. West Pakistan: The Emergence of Lahore
4. And East Bengal
Southeast Asia : The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaya and Singapore
1. The Philipppines: Celebrations
2. Indonesia: The Triumph of the 'Little People'
3. Ho Chi Minh and Propaganda Art in Vietnam
4. Others
(a) Thailand
(b) Malaya and Singapore: The Nanyang Style
North Asia: Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan
1. Mao and Art for the People in China
2. The New Avant-garde in Japan
Chapter 5: The Triumph of the New: 1960-2000
North Asia: Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan
1. Japan: 1960s and 1970s, Conceptual Art and Mono-ha
2. Minimalism and Minjoong Misool: Revolt in Korea
3. The Pure and the Impure: Japan and Korea in the 1980s and 90s
(a) Japan
(b) Korea
4. 'China'
(a) Taiwan
(b) Hong Kong
(c) The People's Republic: The 'Stinking Ninth Category', Public Approval and the New Wave
Southeast Asia: The Philippines, Thailand, Malaya and Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Brunei
1. The Philippines: From Internationalism to Local Protest Art and Beyond
2. Thailand: A Separate (Buddhist) Country
3. Malaysia and Singapore: Being in Control
4. Indonesia: The Passion for the Local, Again
5. Vietnam: Nostalgia Rules
6. Burma, Laos and Cambodia, and Brunei Darussalam
South Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal
1. India: A Continuous Narrative
2. Pakistan: The Triumph of the Local
3. Smaller Centres
(a) Dhaka
(b) Kathmandu
(c) Colombo
Conclusion : The Diaspora
The Revolutionary Century: Art in Asia 1900-2000
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