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Blackwell Companions to Art History #4: A Companion to Asian Art and Architectureby Rebecca M. Brown
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A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture presents a collection of 26 original essays that explore and critically examine various aspects of the field of Asian art and architectural history. Featuring contributions from both leading scholars and emerging voices, the essays offer the opportunity to engage with the current state of scholarship in Asian art and to discover its rich diversity. In topics that range from ancient tombs and imperial commissions to coinage and cultural interaction, and from gardens and monastic spaces to performances and pilgrimages, this wide-ranging and insightful collection of essays illuminates the wide geographic and temporal range of Asian visual culture.
Authors explore the art of Korea, Japan, China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and their diasporas, engaging issues related to colonial legacies and global interactions. Written by experts in art history, archaeology, geography, history, and anthropology, the essays are organized around six critical themes that reflect the current state of Asian art scholarship: Objects in Use, Space, Artists, Challenging the Canon, Shifting Meanings, and Elusive, Mobile Objects. With its multilayered presentation and wealth of thought-provoking new insights, A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture is an important addition to current scholarship that will reshape the way we consider Asian art.
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"These essays demonstrate that precisely because Asian art remains a peripheral part of the discipline of art history, and precisely because Asian art history presumes to encompass such a vast geographical and temporal scope, those concerned to understand the visual culture of these regions have turned to innovative methods...." So state editors Rebecca M. Brown (art history, political science, Johns Hopkins U.) and Deborah S. Hutton (Asian and Islamic art history, The College of New Jersey) in their introductory essay. Following are 15 essays arranged in thematic sections on objects in use, space, artists, challenging the canon, and elusive, mobile objects. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture presents a collection of 26 original essays from top scholars in the field that explore and critically examine various aspects of Asian art and architectural history.
This companion presents new critical views on crucial aspects of the large and varied field of Asian art and architectural history. The essays collected here provide scholars and the public with an opportunity to engage with the field in all its diversity - from coinage to monastic spaces to imperial commissions and beyond. Regions and topics covered include Korea, Japan, China, several regions of Southeast Asia, South Asia, global and colonial interactions, as well as art and architecture in the UK and UK diasporas.
About the Author
Rebecca M. Brown is visiting Associate Professor in the History of Art and Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, USA. Her publications include Gandhi's Spinning Wheel and the Making of India (2010), and Art for a Modern India, 1947-1980 (2009)
Deborah S. Hutton is Associate Professor of Art History at The College of New Jersey, USA. She is the author of Art of the Court of Bijapur (2006), which received the American Institute of Indian Studies Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities.
Together, Rebecca Brown and Deborah Hutton have edited Asian Art: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
Notes on Contributors xiv
Part I Introduction 1
1 Revisiting “Asian Art” 3
Part II Objects in Use 21
2 The Material Facts of Ritual: Revisioning Medieval Viewing through Material Analysis, Ethnographic Analogy, and Architectural History 23
3 Textiles and Social Action in Theravada Buddhist Thailand 48
4 Functional and Nonfunctional Realism: Imagined Spaces for the Dead in Northern Dynasties China 70
5 The Visible and the Invisible in a Southeast Asian World 97
Part III Space 121
6 Building Beyond the Temple: Sacred Centers and Living Communities in Medieval Central India 123
7 Urban Space and Visual Culture: The Transformation of Seoul in the Twentieth Century 153
8 Unexpected Spaces at the Shwedagon 178
9 The Changing Cultural Space of Mughal Gardens 201
Part IV Artists 231
10 Old Methods in a New Era: What Can Connoisseurship Tell Us about Rukn-ud-Din? 233
11 Convergent Conversations: Contemporary Art in Asian America 264
12 The Icon of the Woman Artist: Guan Daosheng (1262–1319) and the Power of Painting at the Ming Court c. 1500 290
13 Diasporic Body Double: The Art of the Singh Twins 318
Part V Challenging the Canon 339
14 Re-evaluating Court and Folk Painting of Korea 341
15 Conflict and Cosmopolitanism in “Arab” Sind 365
16 In the Absence of the Buddha: “Aniconism” and the Contentions of Buddhist Art History 398
17 On Maurya Art 421
Part VI Shifting Meanings 445
18 Art, Agency, and Networks in the Career of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616) 447
19 Shiva Nataraja: Multiple Meanings of an Icon 471
20 Sifting Mountains and Rivers through a Woven Lens: Repositioning Women and the Gaze in Fourteenth-Century East Java 486
21 Dead Beautiful: Visualizing the Decaying Corpse in Nine Stages as Skillful Means of Buddhism 513
22 In the Name of the Nation: Song Painting and Artistic Discourse in Early Twentieth-Century China 537
Part VII Elusive, Mobile Objects 561
23 Chinese Painting: Image-Text-Object 563
24 Locating Tomyoji and Its “Six” Kannon Sculptures in Japan 580
25 The Unfired Clay Sculpture of Bengal in the Artscape of Modern South Asia 604
26 Malraux’s Buddha Heads 629
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