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Art and Trousers

Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art

With a Prologue by Vishakha N. Desai

Distributed for ArtAsiaPacific

Art and Trousers

Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art

With a Prologue by Vishakha N. Desai
An illustrated collection of essays on modern and contemporary Asian art by a key figure of the international contemporary art world.

An illustrated collection of more than thirty essays and 640 color images, Art and Trousers moves deftly between regional analysis, portraits of individual artists, and a metaphorical history of trousers. This book presents a panoramic view of modern and contemporary Asian art, varying its focus on the impacts of invention, tradition, exchange, colonization, politics, social development, and gender. David Elliott spotlights the practice of many leading global artists of the early twenty-first century, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Rashid Rana, Bharti Kher, Makoto Aida, Chatchai Puipia, and Yeesookyung, among many others. Art and Trousers offers insight into the development of a key curatorial practice for our times, and it will be an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand contemporary art and the way it operates across borders.

368 pages | 640 color plates | 7 1/2 x 10

Art: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Art

Asian Studies: General Asian Studies


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Reviews

“Challenging and admirably cosmopolitan. . . The book is a catalyst for fresh historical and sociological thought."

Art in America

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 
PROLOGUE  / Vishakha N. Desai 
ME AND MY TROUSERS  / Foreword by David Elliott  
 
Part 1  / HISTORIES  
The Slippered Pantaloon  
Going Global: Alterity and Other Things at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford 
From Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic: Modernity at a Time of Change  
Tokyo–Berlin: A Continuing Dialogue from Empire to Democracy  
Bye Bye Kitty!!! . . . : Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art  
Heaven and Earth : Contemporary Art from the Center of Asia  
Tibet : What If . . . ? Pitfalls of Identity in a Slippery Age  
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Contemporary Art along the Post-Soviet Silk Road  
 
Part 2  / STORIES  
Who is Wearing the Trousers?  
KG Subramanyam: An Indian in Oxford 
Jitish Kallat: Fugitive Moments of an Unacceptable Present 
Rashid Rana: The Machinery of Truth  
Naiza Khan: Image and Revelation 
Xu Bing: Tradition, Representation and Language  
Ai Weiwei: The Seeds of Time or the Sands of the Desert?  
Song Dong: “Art, My Last Hope.”  
Sun Yuan & Peng Yu: “Somewhere Beyond Rape and Adultery”  
Xu Zhen: Chaos and Rectitude in the Face of History  
Makoto Aida: The Surface of Things  
Miwa Yanagi: The Four Ages of Woman  
Chiharu Shiota: Time and Distance, Absence and Silence  
Tomoko Kashiki: A Floating World 
Heri Dono’s Paradox: The Arrow or the Kris?  
Chatchai Puipia’s Last Masque: A Funerary Oration  
Rodel Tapaya: “The One You Feed”  
Choi Jeong Hwa: Gangbuk Style  
Yeesookyung: Reflections on a Korean Urn  
 
Part 3  / MIGRATIONS  
A Short History Of The Trouser  
Cai Guo-Qiang: Earth, Air and Fire  
Zeng Xiaojun: Labyrinths  
Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Faces of Infinity  
Leiko Ikemura: The House Beyond the Horizon  
Nezaket Ekici: The World in a House 
Rasheed Araeen: The Dancer and the Flame  
Bharti Kher: Icebergs in India, Snowballs in Hell  
 
EPILOGUE  
INDEX

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