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dc.contributor.author Munroe, Alexandra
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-21T17:25:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-21T17:25:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-21
dc.identifier https://repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088/17980/248-259_Munroe.EastWest.Web.Final.pdf
dc.identifier.citation East-West Interchanges in American Art: A Long and Tumultuous Relationship, 2012, pp. 248-259.
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-935623-08-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/17980
dc.description Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge, 2012, 295 pages, 95 figures. East-West Interchanges in American Art: a long and tumultuous relationship, Symposium proceedings, Smithsonian American Art Museum on October 1–2, 2009. Reflections on The Third Mind, pp. 248-259.
dc.description.abstract The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 was a largescale exhibition accompanied by a scholarly book of the same name, a series of live performances, a website, audio guide, and public programs organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and presented there in winter 2009. Many years in the making, it explored a set of ideas around the vast, unruly, and often problematic concept of “Asian influence” on visual art of the United States. Europe has long been recognized as the font of mainstream American art movements, but the show explored an alternative lineage aligned with America’s Pacific aspect. Asia’s “influence” on such influential artists and writers as James Mc- Neill Whistler, John La Farge, Arthur Wesley Dow, Ezra Pound, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, John Cage, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, Ad Reinhardt, Agnes Martin, and Adrian Piper has been well-documented and treated in previous studies. The Third Mind (Figures 1–3) made the case that this influence was not occasional or eccentric, but was rather a continuous and complex undercurrent that courses through the development of early modern to post-war to neo-avant-garde art. That the nature of artists’ work with these forces varied widely and that “Asia” meant different things to different artists at different periods should not discourage our critical and historical analyses of this profound lineage of ideas, events, and people, it concluded.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge
dc.subject American Art
dc.subject Asian Art
dc.subject United States and Asia relations
dc.subject.other Proceedings
dc.title Reflections on The Third Mind
dc.type Chapter
dc.identifier.srbnumber 109451
dc.identifier.doi 10.5479/si.9781935623083.248

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