This book interrogates the relationship between different kinds of
modern art and different kinds of cultural contexts in Asian and
Pacific countries. The thirteen essays examines how the modern is
formed by artists in relation to other traditions and practices
("Western" or "folk"), the audience and modern art institutions,
and the burgeoning conceptions of the "national" as deployed by the
post-colonial state. There are essays on the art codes of Maori
folk designs applied to buildings, on academy painting in
nineteenth-century Indonesia and the Philippines, on contemporary
video and performance art from China, on Cambodian street signage,
and on the Asia Pacific Triennale. The methodologies applied are
broad, from anthropology and art history to cultural studies, and
the perspectives include those of academics, curators, and new
media theorists. "In the Eye of the Beholder" contributes a diverse
understanding of where modern and contemporary Asian art is now
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