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The global contemporary art world

The global contemporary art world

Harris, Jonathan (Jonathan P.), author

An Introduction. The final installment in the critically-acclaimed trilogy on globalization and art explores the growing dominance of Asian centers of art. The final installment in the critically-acclaimed trilogy on globalization and art explores the growing dominance of Asian centers of art This book takes readers on a fascinating journey around five Asian centers of contemporary art and its myriad institutions, agents, forms, materials, and languages, while posing vital questions about the political economy of culture and the power of visual art in a multi-polar world. He analyzes the financial powerhouse of Art Basel Hong Kong, new media art in South Korea, the place of the Kochi Biennale within contemporary art in India, transnational art and art education in China, and the geo-politics of art patronage in Palestine, and he develops a highly original synthesis of theoretical perspectives and empirical research. Drawing on detailed case studies and personal insights gained from his extensive experience of the contemporary art scene in Asia, Professor Harris examines the evolving relationship between the western centers of art practice, collection, and validation and the emerging "peripheries" of Asian Tiger societies with burgeoning art centers. And he arrives at the somewhat controversial conclusion that dominance of the art world is rapidly slipping away from Europe and North America. The Global Contemporary Art World is essential reading for undergraduates and postgraduate students in modern and contemporary art, art history, art theory and criticism, cultural studies, the sociology of culture, and globalization studies. It is also a vital resource for research students, academics, and professionals in the art world

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Published Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Jonathan Harris
ISBN: 1118339096, 9781118339091
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 240 pages
Subject: The arts: general issues; Art Economic aspects Asia.; History of art; Art and Design.; Art and society Asia.; c 2010 to c 2019
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781118338513

Contents

  1. About the Author vii
  2. Introduction: “Global,” “Contemporary,” “Art,” “World”
  3. Entering the Maze
  4. Modernity, Contemporary Art and Globalization
  5. Five Asian Centers Within the Global Contemporary Art World
  6. Global Crash, Crises and the Art World
  7. Contemporary Art in the Friezer
  8. 1 Doing the Business: Producing Consumption in the Hong Kong Art World
  9. Hong Kong Gets the Art Basel Treatment
  10. Offshore Art Business in the Global Neoliberal Capitalist Economy
  11. Combined and Uneven Development in the Hong Kong Art World
  12. Hong Kong’s Art World Inside and Outside China
  13. 2 New Media Art and Cultural Globalism in South Korea
  14. The Chic of Global “New Media Art”
  15. Contemporary Art as Global Cultural Diplomacy
  16. “Glocal Video”: Conventions and Critiques
  17. Culture, Contemporaneity and the Postcolonial Artwork
  18. The “Real DMZ Project”: Conflict Art in the Korean Peninsula
  19. Contemporary Art Across Global Asia
  20. 3 Globalizing Indian Contemporary Art: The Biennial as Rhetorical Form
  21. The Kochi Biennale Big Sell
  22. Kochi as a Global Venue
  23. Art at Kochi: Liberal Pluralism Versus Social Engagement with Globalization?
  24. The Highs and Lows of Art, Media and Kochi Biennale Capital
  25. Utopian Rhetoric in Contemporary Art at the Kochi Biennale
  26. 4 Social Reproduction of Contemporary Art in the People’s Republic of China: Higher Education and the Branding of “Contemporary Chinese Art”
  27. Art and Design Education as a Globalization Process
  28. Changing Identifications in Art and Design Education in China
  29. Contemporary Chinese Art Marketed for Global Consumption
  30. Chinese Art and the World Art System
  31. 5 Contemporary Art and Post?-National Identities in the State of Palestine
  32. “Palestine is Open for Business”!
  33. Grounding the Culture Industry in Palestine
  34. Palestinian Museums?-of?-art?-in?-waiting
  35. The “NGO?-ization” of the Contemporary Art World in the State of Palestine
  36. Concrete into Dust
  37. 6 Conclusion: Motifs of Global Fracture in the Art Of Bashir Makhoul and Wang Guofeng
  38. Re?-Entering the Maze
  39. In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni
  40. Utopian Photo?-Mythologies
  41. Aesthetic and Social Implications of Digital Photography
  42. Aesthetic and Social Implications of Digital Technology
  43. Selected Bibliography
  44. Index

Author note

JONATHAN HARRIS is Head of Birmingham School of Art at Birmingham City University, UK. He has taught and lectured on modern and contemporary art at universities, museums and galleries worldwide for over thirty years. His The New Art History: A Critical Introduction (2001) remains a classic text, and he has published twenty books as editor, author and co-author, including Globalization and Contemporary Art and The Utopian Globalists (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011 and 2013).

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This book takes readers on a fascinating journey around five Asian centers of contemporary art and its myriad institutions, agents, forms, materials, and languages, while posing vital questions about the political economy of culture and the power of visual art in a multi-polar world. The author analyzes the financial powerhouse of Art Basel Hong Kong, new media art in South Korea, the place of the Kochi Biennale within contemporary art in India, transnational art and art education in China, and the geo-politics of art patronage in Palestine, and develops a highly original synthesis of theoretical perspectives and empirical research.

Drawing on detailed case studies and personal insights gained from his extensive experience of the contemporary art scene in Asia, Jonathan Harris examines the evolving relationship between the western centers of art practice, collection, and validation and the emerging "peripheries" of Asian Tiger societies with burgeoning art centers. He also discusses the controversial question of whether the dominance of the art world is rapidly slipping away from Europe and North America.

The Global Contemporary Art World is essential reading for undergraduates and postgraduate students in modern and contemporary art, art history, art theory and criticism, cultural studies, the sociology of culture, and globalization studies. It is also a vital resource for research students, academics, and professionals in the art world.