The Elephant & the Ant: Chinese & Thai Art in the 1980‘s & 90‘s
Lecture on October 29, 2009, 6:15 pm, Seminar Room 311
John Clark, University of Sydney
The Elephant & the Ant: Chinese & Thai Art in the 1980's & 90's
The conceptual construction which replicates a still-dominant but increasingly anachronistic binary between ‘China’ and ‘West’ only has validity inside some kind of cultural essentialism on either side of the divide. It is now more appropriate to compare modern and contemporary Chinese art with non-Euramerican models which might produce a different perspective on the commonalities and differences which allow us to imagine, if not more precisely construct, a typology of parallel and putatively ‘Asian modernities’. To this end the paper will present some of the results of research which has examined contemporary Chinese art in comparison with that of Thailand from a global perspective.
is Professor in Art History, FAHA at the University of Sydney and Director of Australian Centre for Asian Art & Archaeology, Sydney, Australia.
Professor Clark has written extensively on Asian contemporary art. His research interests include: Modern Japanese Art, Chinese academic painting and the avant-garde, the question of modernity in art beyond Euramerica, Art in China and Thailand of the 1980s and 1990s, and a re-definition of ‚The Asian Modern‘. He has been conducting in-depth research on new biennials in Asia and in 2008 completed the draft manuscript: ‘Histories of the Asian ‘New’: Biennales and Contemporary Asian Art’.
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