contemporary art commissions

Contemporary Art Commissions at the Asia Society and Museum

by Melissa Chiu



The splendid architectural features of the renovated Asia Society and Museum building, as shown in this catalog, are enlivened by the striking new works of art that inhabit its public spaces. While some of these works are readily visible,others are found in unexpected spaces. Together, they manifest the Asia Society’s strong commitment to new art and artists as the Society enters the twenty-first century. Author: Vishakha N. Desai (Asia Society, 2002, Pbk, 80pp)

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About the Author


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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