P L A C E . T I M E . P L A Y : CON T E MPO R A R Y A R T F R OM T H E W E S T H E A V E N S T O T H E M I DD L E K I NGDOM – TAASA Review December 2011


This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 31).

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Chaitanya Sambrani I t is one of the enduring ironies of contemporary Asian art that most intraAsian conversations are mediated via non-Asian locations such as Australia and the USA.

As a post-graduate student in an "Asian" country (I studied Art Criticism at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda, India over 1992-95), I found scarce mention of modernist or contemporary art in the Asian region in the syllabus.

We were aware of the history of modern art in India, and we were schooled in the history of what we called "modern art" by which was understood the history of modern art in Europe and the USA...