Art of modern asia a bibliography

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by John Clark

copyright John Clark 1989-1999
Department of Art History & Theory, Mills Building, fax 61-2-351-4212

University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

This a teaching bibliography which has been established over a number of years with Australian students who have no access to vernacular language materials in mind. It is usually updated every year, but such updating and the range of detail of course varies with particular interests. Please contact the author at the address above with any notable omissions, especially if you can do so on with additions on computer disk, and particularly if the text is available in Australia or has reasonable international circulation. Some countries like Japan often have material in English in obscure academic journals, and some countries where English is an official language like India or the Philippines have extensive writing on - or texts relevant to - the understanding of modern art which are nonetheless difficult to access abroad because of small-volume and / or coterie circulation at home.

Entry is by Country, Topic, and Artist. In some section which give works on specific artists, authors follow the name of the work or artist. Artists who cross cultural boundaries are generally given under contemporary art sections by their culture of origination, although there are no hard and fast rules for such affiiliation, and some categories of overseas artists have been generated where there is sufficient material.There has been no attempt to restrict the bibliography to books alone, but obviously it is not possible to include too many journal articles, book reviews, or notes on particular exhibitions. Catalogues are usually included if little other material is available on a given artist or if they contain general essays. Since some works not dealing specifically with modern art also refer to its important proto-history in the 19th and early 20th centuries, they are also included here. In general this bibliography seeks a balance between art historical quality, availability, and relevance. Thus texts of inadequate analytical or art historical reference have sometimes been included since for some art cultures there is little other work available. It would also not have been possible to include reference to all the relevant material in the languages of each area, but some major or available works with short texts or plate lists in European languages are given. However, diacritics are not used. Many areas like modern history or writings on modern culture including literature are included on an ad hoc basis where these are available and seem useful. Further suggestions for inclusion of materials adjacent to the field are welcome.Works given are mostly those available in Australia and chiefly at the Australian National University Library, National Library of Australia, The Canberra School of Art Library, University of Sydney Library and private sources in Canberra and Sydney. In the Sydney area, after holdings of the University of Sydney Fisher Library and Power Research Library, the best source for some of this material is probably the Art Gallery of New South Wales library which may be used for reference during weekdays. There are also quite extensive holdings at the State Library of New South Wales, especially of pre-Second World War books on India including important Indian art journals. The University of Western Sydney, Nepean, has limited holdings in this area. In addition, some university teachers and other scholars may be approached to see materials in their personal libraries.
I am grateful to Michael Fitzhenry for his asssistance in updating this bibliography in 1999.

Check Power Research Library desk copy of this bibliography for some location classification codes, but please be aware these are so various as to make accurate and complete undating infeasible without extensive use of scarce librarian resources.




2. CHINA-GENERAL 2-a. General Problems of Modernity and Art 2-b. Chinacoast and Trade Paintings 2-c. Photography in China

3. CHINA-HONG KONG AND MACAO 3-a. General 3-b. Hong Kong Ink Painting 3-c. Oil painting, photography, prints and mixed media 3-d. Sculpture and Ceramics

4. CHINA: REPUBLICAN CHINA ON THE MAINLAND AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA 4-a. Albums 4-b. General historical works 4-c. Works on particular artists 4-d.1. Late Qing and Republican China Before 1949 4-d.2. Wartime Period and Yan ‘an Base Areas [see also 4.k] 4-f. 1949-1966 4-g. Selected comparative texts on Socialist Realism 4-h. 1966-1976 4-i. 1976-1989 4-j. Art since 1989 4.k Selected Exhibitions outside China 4-l. Chinese Graphic Art since the late 19th century to 1949 4-m. Chinese Graphic Art after 1949 4-n. Selected works on Modern Chinese Intellectual and Political History before 1949 4-o. Selected works on Modern Chinese Intellectual and Political History after 1949 4-p

5. CHINA-TAIWAN/REPUBLIC OF CHINA 5-a. General Works 5-b. Works on Particular Artists 5-c. Albums 5-d Political and Intellectual History of Taiwan

6. CHINA-OVERSEAS 6-a. General Works 6-b. Particular artists

7. JAPAN 7-a. General Works 7-b. Europeans in Meiji Japan 7-c. Japonisme 7-d. Works on particular artists 7-e. Photography 7-f. Japanese Film and Television 7-g. Modern Art by Period and Topic 7-g.1. Meiji Art and Interaction with the ‘West’ 7-g.2 Nihonga: painting in ‘traditional’ Japanese style since Meiji 7g.3. Japanese Prints since Meiji 7-g.4. Painting and the Avant-Garde, 1910s to 1940s 7-g.5. Art since 1945, In General 7-g.6. 1945 to 1960s 7-g.7. 1970s-1980s 7-g.8. 1990s, New Media 7-h. Crafts and Modern Design 7-i. Modern Architecture 7-i.1. Domestic Architecture / The Japanese House 7-i.2. Japanese Cities [all periods] 7-i.3. General texts on Modern Architecture 7-i.4. Meiji 7-i.5. Taishô and Early Shôwa 7-i.6. Since 1945 7-j. Planning, Science, Technology and their Japanese Representation 7-k. Modern visual and popular culture including comics 7-l. Selected works on modern Japanese cultural, social and intellectual history

8. KOREA-REPUBLIC OF KOREA 8-a. General works 8.b. 1980s and 1990s


10.a As a region


12. LAOS


14. VIETNAM 14.a. In General 14.b. Cultural and Historical Background

15. INDONESIA 15-a. General Works 15-b. Art from late 19th century to 1945 15-c. Art from 1945-1965 15-d. Art since 1965 15-e. Art in the 1990s 15-f. Bali 15-g. Works on particular artists 15-h. European images of S.E.Asia and Indonesia

16.1 MALAYSIA 16.1.a General works 16.1-b Works on particular Artists

16.2 SINGAPORE 16.2-a General works 16.2-b Works on particular artists 16.3 Works on History and Culture in Malaysia and Singapore

17.THAILAND 17-a. Historical Context 17-a.1. Ayuthaya 17-a.2. 1780s to 1910s [Rama I to Rama V] 17-a.3. 1910s to 1940s [Rama VI to Rama VIII] 17-a.4. 1950s to present [Rama IX] 17-a.5. Thai history overall and general texts 17-b. Politics and Society 17-c.1. General texts on Pre-Modern Thai Art 17-c.2. Texts on Pre-Modern Thai Painting 17-d. Art in the 19th and early 20th centuries 17-e. General works on neo-traditional art [plus group catalogues] 17-f. Works and catalogues of neo-traditional artists and sites 17-g. Works and catalogues on modern artists 17.h.Group catalogues 17-j.1. General works on modern Thai art 17-j.2. Thai Art in the 1990s 17-i. Works on Modern Thai Literature in English 17-j. Religion and Intellectual History 17-k. Film, T.V., and Modern Media

18. PHILIPPINES 18.a General works 18.b.Works on particular artists


20. INDIA 20-a. General works 20-b. Art for the British 20-c. Urban popular graphic art in the 19th century 20-d. The British Art School System 20-e. Art for the Establishment 20-f. Fine Art Societies 20-g. Neo-traditional Painting 20-h. Nascent counter-establishment 20-i. Identity 20-j. The New Establishments 20-k. The folk and the modern 20-l. Style, Criticism, and Identity 20-m. The 1990s 20-n. Indian Artists abroad















Asian Artists Exhibition Part I: India, China & Japan, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Fine Arts Museum, 1979.

Asian Artists Exhibition Part I: Contemporary Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Fine Arts Museum,


2nd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka; Special Section: Art of Bali, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Fine Arts Museum,


3rd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Fine Arts Museum, 1989.

4th Asian Art Show Fukuoka: Realism as an Attitude, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Art Museum, 1994.

‘Asian Art: Prospects for the Future.’ International Symposium 1999 with articles by Elliott,

Davenport, Mashadi, Nakamura, Poshyananda, Rajah, Tatehata.

'Asia and Modernity', Special Issue of Humanities Research, 2, 1999 with articles by Clark, Lilley,

Low, Labrador, Sang.

Asia Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow. The World of Polar Forces March 20 - 25 1998 [Kazakstan -

Erbosyn Meldibekov, Zhazira Dzhanabaeva, Kanat Ibragimov/ Indonesia - Aramaiani, Semsar

Siahaan, Hanura Hosea]

Clark, J., Beyond Byzantium, [400pp mimeo collection of articles andsome translations largely on

modern art in China and Japan, in Power Library] 1990

........., ‘Ajia! Ajia!’, Art Monthly Australia, April 1991.

........., ed., Modernity in Asian Art, Sydney, Wild Peony Press, 1993.

........., ‘Inter-Asian Criteria of Institutional Modernity in Art’, 28th International Congress of the History of Art, Berlin, Kunstlerische Austausch/Artistic Exchange, Akademie Verlag, Berlin, 1993,


Clark, John. Modern Asian Art, Sydney, Fine Arts Press, 1998. [reviewed by Brionowski, Alison,

‘Bibliofile: Othering Euramerica’ Art Monthly Australia, no.116 December 1998 to February 1999]

Davis, A.R., ed., Search for identity: Modern Literature and the Creative Arts in Asia, Sydney, Angus

and Robertson, 1974.

Dysart, Dinah & Fink, Hannah, eds, Asian Women Artists, Sydney, Craftsman House, 1996.

First ASEAN Symposium on Aesthetics, Kuala Lumpur, Balai Seni Lukis Negara, 1989.

Hogan, J., ed., The First Asia-Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Queensland Art

Gallery, 1993. [for reviews and articles seeArtlink, 13, 3 & 4, November-March 1993/95; Art

Monthly Australia 65, November 1993; Asian Art News, vol.3, no.6, November-December 1993;

Hoffie, P., ‘1993 Asia Pacific Triennial’, Art & Asia Pacific, supplement to Art & Australia,

September 1993; Ewington, J., Nguyen Quan, Torres, E. in Art & Asia Pacific, vol.1, no.2, 1994;

Ewington, J., ‘Identity, Tradition & Change: Photography at the Asia-Pacific Triennale, Photofile,

40, 1994; correspondence: Art Monthly Australia, no.67, March 1994; no.68, April 1994, Roces,

Marion Pastor, ‘A certain critical mass’, Art Monthly Australia, , no. 63, Nov 1993; Williamson,

Claire, ‘Remapping the Asia-Pacific’, Art Monthly Australia, no.65, Nov 1993; Gallagher, Jane, , An

analysis of critical categories operant in the Asia-Pacific Triennale, B.A. Unpublished Honours

Thesis, Power Department of Fine Art, University of Sydney1994.]

Kent, Rachel, 'The Venice Biennale: Japan, Korea and Taiwan', Art AsiaPacific,no.18, 1998.

Japan Cultural Forum ed, Modern Art of Asia, Toto Shuppan, Tokyo, 1961.

Lasschuyt, Helga, ‘The Venice Biennale Game’, Asian Art News, vol.5, no.5, Sep/Oct 1995.

Lent, John A., ed., Asian Popular Culture, Boulder, Westview, 1995.

Lent, John A., ‘Asian Comic Art.’ Art AsiaPacific issue 21 1999

Levin, Kim ‘Gesture, performance, behaviour, attitude: asian influences on contemporary western

art’, Art Asia Pacific, vol.3, no.4, 1996.

Owen, Michael. ‘Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions.’ Third Text no.41 Winter 1997-98

Poshyananda, Apinan et al, Traditions / Tensions: Contemporary Art In Asia, New York, Asia

Society Galleries & Sydney, The Fine Arts Press, 1996 [reports: Art Asia Pacific, vol.3, no.4,

1996; Mehta in Eyeline: contemporary visual arts, no.32, summer 1996; Art in America,

Februrary 1997; Ewington, Yang, Munroe in ART AsiaPacific, no.15, 1997

Seminar on Fine Arts of Southeast Asia, Bangkok; Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of

Higher Learning, 1964.

'A New Cure for Asian Art Curators', Asian Art News 9:4 1999

Turner, C., ed., Tradition and Change, Contemporary Art of Asia and the Pacific, Brisbane, University

of Queensland Press, 1993.

..........., ‘Getting the Message’ [Review of Adelaide Festival Sculpture Installations], Art & Australia,

vol.32, no.1, Spring 1994.

Turner, Caroline & Devenport, Rhana, [catalog] The Second Asia-Pacific Triennale of

Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Queensland Art Gallery, 1996 [reports: Clark & Gutman, Flores,

Mehta, Kent, in Eyeline: contemporary visual arts, no.32, summer 1996; McDonald in Sydney

Morning Herald, 5th October 1996; Mendelsohn, Hall & McCulloch, Thomas, Turner,

Howard, McCulloch, in Asian Art News, vol.7, no.1, Jan/Feb 1997; Gibson in Flash Art, Jan-

Feb 1997; Stein in Art in America, June 1997; Ewington, Lee, Ushiroshoji, Losche in ART

AsiaPacific, no.15, 1997 ].

............................................., [Explanatory pull-out] in ART AsiaPacific, no.13, 1997

1-b. Travel Writing

Grewal, Inderpal, Home and Harem: Nation. Gender, and the Cultures of Travel, Durham and London, Duke University Press, 1996.

1-c. RELEVANT SERIALS IN ENGLISH [Area-specific Journals are given in each items for each Section]

Art & Asia Pacific, since 1993.

Art & Culture, since 1996.

Art Monthly Australia, some issues.

Artlink, some issues.

Art & Text, articles in some issues, especially after 1994.

Asian Art News, since 1991, some feature issues, cumulative index vol.4, no.6, 1994.

Flash Art, some issues.

Orientations, some features on modern art.

Res, material culture and anthropology journal.

Third Text, largely theory-oriented.

World Art, some contemporary artists.



2-a.General Problems of Modernity and Art

Andrews, Julia, and Shen Kuiyi, eds, A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of

Twentieth Century China, New York, Guggenheim Museum, 1998

Barmé, Geremie, 'The Garden of Perfect Brightness: A Manchu Vision of China', Visual Arts +

Culture, vol.1, no.1, 1998.

CHINA: MODERNITY AND ART and a discussion of Modern Art in Japan and Korea, Taibei,

Council for Cultural Planning and Development, 1990.

Clark, J., ‘Problems of Modernity in Chinese Painting’, Oriental Art, vol.32, no.3, pp 270-283, 1986.

........, ‘Some Sketches of Modern Chinese Painting, I Beijing, II Hong Kong’, in Beyond Byzantium, section 1 above ibid.

........, 'Art and Modernism in China 1900-1997: a review and documentation', Journal of the Oriental

Society of Australia, vol. 29, 1997.

........, 'Modernity in Chinese Art, 1850s-1990s: Some chronological materials', Journal of the Oriental

Society of Australia, vol. 29, 1997.

Clarke, David, ‘Tradition and Innovation” [British Museum exhibition], ART AsiaPacific, no.15, 1997

Croizier, R., ‘Art and Society in Modern China - A Review Article’,The Journal of Asian Studies,

vol.49, no.3, August 1990.

Doar, Bruce and Dewar, Susan. ‘From Tradition to Modernity: China’s road to modern sculpture.’

Asia-Pacific Sculpture News 1:1 Winter 1995

Gao Minglu, Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1998.

Kao, Mayching,ed, Twentieth Century Chinese Painting, Hong Kong, Oxford University Press, 1988

[proceedings of a 1984 Hong Kong Conference, this covers most areas of modern Chinese painting in

a general manner]

Kuo, Jason,C., ‘Reviews of recent books on Modern Chinese Painting’,Ars Orientalis, vol.20, 1991.

Li, Chu-tsing, Lawton,T., ‘The New Chinese Landscape’, Art Journal, XXVII/2, Winter, 1967/68.

‘Move over Van Gogh' [special issue of Asian Art market], Far Eastern Economic Review, 22 July


Pi Daojian ‘The history of Black and White: 50 years of Evolution in Ink and Wash’, Contemporary

Chinese Art Bulletin, vol.2, no.5, 1999.

Sullivan,M., Chinese Art in the Twentieth Century, London, Faber & Faber, 1959.

..........., The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art, Palo Alto, Stanford UP, 1969 [the research and

approach of this book are highly problematic], revised version, U. California Press, 1991.

..........., ‘Orthodoxy and Individuality in Twentieth Century Chinese Art’, in Murck,C., ed., Artists and

Traditions, Princeton, Princeton UP, 1979.

Sullivan, M., Art and Artists of Twentieth Century China, Berkeley, California University Press, 1996

[reviews: Dal Lago in ART AsiaPacific, no.15, 1997, Crozier in The Journal of Asian Studies, vol ??

no ?? 1997; Clark in Asian Studies Reviews, 1999].

Wan Qingli, ‘Traditionalism, Reform, and Modernism in Twentieth Century Chinese Painting’,

Orientations, 23, no.7, July 1992.
2-b.Chinacoast and Trade Paintings

Berry-Hill, H. and S., Chinnery and China Coast Paintings, Leigh-on-Sea, 1970.

Christies’, Fine Chinatrade Paintings, Hong Kong, Christies' Swire, sale of 26-9-1989.

Conner, P., The China Trade 1600-1860, Brighton, Royal Pavilion, 1986

Conner, P., Leglouix, S., William Alexander, Brighton, Royal Pavilion,1981.

Crossman,C.L., The China Trade: Paintings, Furniture, Silver, and other Objects, Princeton, 1972

Gregory, M., In the Western Manner, Catalogue 53, London, Martyn Gregory Gallery, 1989.

Hutcheon, R., Chinnery, The Man and the Legend, Hong Kong, 1975

Lee, J.G., Philadelphians and the China Trade 1784-1844, Philadelphia Museum of Art/ University of

Pennsylvania Press, 1984.

Leglouix, S., Image of China: William Alexander, London; Jupiter Books, 1980

Orange, J. The Chater Collection; Pictures relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, London, 1924.

Tam, L.C.S.,et al, Hong Kong: The Changing Scene, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1980

Ting J.S.P., Hung V.W.Y., Gateways to China, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1987.

............, George Chinnery: His Pupils and Influence, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1985.

Warner, J., Hong Kong Illustrated: Views and News, 1840-1890, Hong Kong, John Warner, 1981

Wu, L., ‘A Newly discovered school of Chinese export painting’, Orientations, vol.20, no.7, July 1989
2-c.Photography in China

Cartier-Bresson, H., China in Transition, London, Thames and Hudson, 1956

Hsu, B., ‘Fifteen Decades of Photography’, Free China Review, October, 1987.

Jenner, W.J.F., China: a Photohistory, London, Thames & Hudson, 1988.

Roberts, C., ‘In her view: Hedda Morrison;s photographs of Peking, 1933-46’, East Asian History, 4,

December 1992.

Taiwan Sheying, 1887-1945, Taibei, Xiongshi Tushu, 1979, 1981.

Thomson, J., China The Land and Its People, Hong Kong, John Warner, 1977

Warner, J., Hong Kong 100 Years Ago, Hong Kong, Museum of History, 1970, 1981

Worswick, C., Spence, J., Imperial China, Photographs 1850-1912, London, Scolar Press, 1978.

Zhongguo Sheying, 1860-1912, Taibei, Xiongshi Tushu, 1979


Art’78, Hong Kong, Fung Ping Shan Museum, 1978

Art’81, Hong Kong, Fung Ping Shan Museum, 1981

Benson and Hedges, Selection of Hong Kong Art, Hong Kong, Arts Centre, 1981.

Chang, Tsong-zung, ‘Visionaries and Icon Painters: One Aspect of Hong Kong Contemporary Art’,

Renditions, 1988.

................., ‘Art and art dealing in Hong Kong and Taipei’, Art Monthly Australia, 40, May 1991.

................., ‘A pact of separate peace’, Art & Asia Pacific, no.1, supplement to Art & Australia, March


Cheng, Scarlett,At the cutting edge’,[on women artists], Asian Art News, July/August 1994.

Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition, Hong Kong, Urban Council, 1979, 1981, 1989

Chen, M., Ten Years of Hong Kong Painting, Hong Kong, Arts Centre, 1987

Clark, J.’Some Sketches of Modern Chinese Painting; II Hong Kong’, in Beyond Byzantium, Section 1


Clarke, David, ‘Insular Expressions: Art in Hong Kong’, Art Monthly Australia, no.17, December


............., ‘Between East and West; Negotiations with Tradition and Modernity in Hong Kong Art’,

Third Text [to appear 1995]

............., Art & Place: Essays on art from a Hong Kong perspective, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

University Press, 1996 [review: Clark, Art AsiaPacific, no.18, 1998.

............., ‘Hong Kong Art and the transfer of sovereignty’, Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia,

vol. 29, 1997.

.............,‘Aspects of Art and Public Space in Hong Kong during the Handover Period. TAASA Review

8:1 March 1999

Ho, H-K.,Turn of a Decade: A new generation of artists in the 80s, Hong Kong, Arts Centre, 1989

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