one way or another

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

by Melissa Chiu



Contemporary Asian American artists––with a strong sense of being American and an acute critical consciousness of world matters––grapple with issues of identity in a way that sets them apart from their predecessors. Whereas many Asian American artists of a previous generation directly referred to an Asian sense of self in their works, it might be argued that younger Asian American artists only sometimes make reference to it or omit it entirely. This creatively designed book focuses on recent works by sixteen Asian American artists born in the late 1960s and 1970s––including Patty Chang, Kaz Oshiro, and Jean Shin––to explore this pivotal generation of artists, the prevalent themes in their art, and the different ways they configure identity in their work. One Way or Another features examples of painting, sculpture, and video and installation art––many previously unpublished––and includes essays that discuss the shifting meaning of Asian America over the last decade and address the issues of mixed heritage and the emergence of an evolving Asian American identity in an increasingly globalized society.(BIP) (Asia Society/Yale U Pr, Sep 2006, Pbk, 124pp)

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Melissa Chiu

Australian American

Dr. Melissa Chiu was previously Director of the Asia Society Museum and Senior Vice President for its Global Arts and 
Cultural Programs. She is a leading authority on Asian contemporary art. Dr. Chiu has curated nearly thirty exhibitions of international art including projects with Shirin Neshat, Cai Guo-Qiang, Zhang Huan and Yoshitomo Nara. Her scholarly contributions include editor, Asian contemporary art and Asian American art chapters for Oxford Art Online, and is the author and editor of several books, monographs, and anthologies, such as “Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China” (Charta); the first-ever introductory books on the topic of Asian contemporary art, Asian Art Now” ( Monacelli Press),“Contemporary Asian Art” (Thames and Hudson) and an anthology of collected writings “Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader” (MIT Press).

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