Asia Pacific Art

Francis Maravillas 
Over the past three decades or so, there has been a steadily growing critical and curatorial interest in contemporary art from Asia and the Pacific. This has coincided with the diversification of the international art world, the establishment of major contemporary art museums and galleries, art fairs and private collections in the region, as well as the development of a diverse range of contemporary art and exhibition making practices across various locales in Asia and the Pacific. Given the diversity and dynamism of art in the region, this course will introduce students to the field of contemporary Asian and Pacific art with particular attention to their histories, practices and contexts. In particular, this course will situate critical writing and case-studies of contemporary art in and from Asia and the Pacific in dialogue with fundamental concepts in contemporary art history and theory as well as debates surrounding the production, interpretation and representation of art and exhibition making practices in the region.
Indicative references
Michelle Antoinette, ‘Different Visions: Contemporary Malaysian art and exhibition in the 1990s and beyond’, revised and republished in Yong, Beverly & Nur Hanim Khairuddin (eds). Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume II: Reactions – New Critical Strategies, Kuala Lumpur: RogueArt, 2013
Kevin Chua, ‘On Teaching Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art’, Third Text, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 467-473
John Clark, ‘Doing world art history with modern and contemporary Asian art’, World Art, vol. 1, 2011 pp 93-99
Wulan Dirgantoro, ‘Introduction’ and ‘Chapter 1’ Feminism and Contemporary Art in Indonesia, Amsterdam University Press, 2017.
Patrick Flores, ‘Place of Curation’ in Flores, Patrick D., Past Peripheral: Curation in Southeast Asia (Singapore: NUS Museum, 2008), pp. 4-33.
Francis Maravillas, ‘Cartogaphies of the Future: The Asia-Pacific Triennial and the Curatorial Imaginary’ in J. Clark et al (eds) Eye of the Beholder: Reception, Audience and Practice in Modern Asian Art, University of Sydney East Asian Series, pp. 244-270
TK Sabapathy, “Contemporary Art in Singapore: An introduction” in Tradition and Change: contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, ed. C. Turner. Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1993, 83-92.
David Teh, ‘Travelling Without Moving Historicising Thai Contemporary Art’, Third Text, vol. 26, issue 5, 2012 pp. 567-583
Caroline Vercoe, ‘Contemporary Māori and Pacific artists exploring place’, Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, 2017, pp.131-143
Lee Weng Choy. ‘Anecdote and theme: reflections on curating contemporary art from Southeast Asia’, Art Monthly Australia no. 279, May 2015, pp. 32-41.