Asian Modernities Exist in “the Development of Abstract Art” Essay
YŌGA late 1800s
YŌGA late 1800s
Word Count: 790
Word Count: 790 Xueyan (Jessica) Wu
Professor Hong Kal
02 March 2015
ASIAN MODERNITIES EXIST IN “THE DEVELOPMENT OF ABSTRACT ART”
Asian modern art has been largely neglected by Western audiences; a simple reference to Rita Gilbert’s “Living with Art” timeline confirms this notion. As such, Alfred H. Barr, Jr. neglected to include Asian modern art in his seminal 1936 map, The Development of Abstract Art, and consequently, I have provided a revision.
Barr’s depiction epitomizes a European-dictated arrangement of art history, which excludes all versions of modernity not part of ‘his’ visual. …show more content…
In the same vein, Asian cubism could be considered a periphery to its European father, or even a ‘hybrid’. But this ‘resemblance’ is insignificant, as Akira argues, and “… if a translation of cubism on the periphery could take on the meaning of advancement, [it] attained productive transformation...” In truth, this is precisely definitive of the progression of Asian modernism; perhaps, it is a failed imitation of modernism by Western standards, and an unwelcome endeavour by Asian standards, but on its own, it is a valuable entity heralding a new definition of modernity. To convey this development, I have penciled in “Asian cubism” on Barr’s map, derived (the arrow), beside, and smaller in size from its muse, “Cubism”. Whether it exists to the left, right, above, or otherwise, is not relevant; the intention is that it exists as a separate, valid definition of modernity.
This struggle to define modernity is not