Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology (Southeast Asia Program Publications)

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This anthology explores artistic practices and works from a diverse and vibrant region. Scholars, critics, and curators offer their perspectives on Southeast Asian art and artists, aiming not to define the field but to Illuminate its changing nature and Its Interactions with creative endeavors and histories originating elsewhere. These essays examine a range of new and modern work, from sculptures that Invoke post-conflict trauma In Cambodia to Thai art Installations that Invite audience participation and thereby challenge traditional definitions of the "art obJect." In this way, the authors not only provide a lively stUdy of regional art, but challenge and expand broad debates about international and transnational art.

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Nora A. Taylor is Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art and editor of Studies in Southeast Asian Art: Essays in Honor of Stanley O'Connor, as well as articles on modern and contemporary Vietnamese Art.

Boreth Ly is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Art History and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has published articles on the ancient as well as contemporary art, photography, and film of Southeast Asia and its diaspora.


"The anthology edited by Nora Taylor and Boreth Ly emerges at a time when Southeast
Asian contemporary art is gaining increasing visibility on the global art stage. . . . This volume serves as a reflective and critical body of essays that illuminates ways in which these developments may be questioned and understood."―Pamela Nguyen Corey, Journal of Asian Studies (May 2013)

"This collection of brilliant, multidisciplinary essays offers entry points and perspectives from which we can begin to appreciate the shared attributes and histories of Southeast Asian art. Rich with information, these essays and their multifaceted views of art practices, curatorship, ideologies, and infrastructures will be indispensable for an in-depth understanding of the ASEAN Community."― Professor Dr. Aplnan Poshyananda, Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of Culture, Thailand

"In its scope and range of intellectual interests, this volume is nothing short of pathbreaklng in its approach to contemporary art in Southeast Asia, one of the most exdtlng fields of inquiry today. Of special interest is the broad methodological relevance of this volume to readers concerned with anthropology, art history, visual culture, religious studies, and political sclence. I have no doubt that this volume will be a seminal touchstone upon which future studies of contemporary art in Southeast Asia will be based. Provocative in the best sense of the word, this collection of essays does much to complicate our ever-evolvlng sense of what 'contemporary art' means."―Professor Joan Kee, History of Art, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, coeditor of Contemporaneity and Art In Southeast Asia

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