Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacificby Melissa Chiu
Presenting artistic trends that are little known outside of the region, this book has been published to coincide with the first major exhibition of contemporary Pacific art in the United States, Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific. Four essays by leading authors of the field provide an overview of recent developments in contemporary art of the Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, the Torres Strait Islands, Fiji, New Calendonia, Samoa, Hawaii, Rotuma, and Niue. These essays explore historical precedents and current artistic strategies along with the region’s culture renaissance of the last decade, evident in the abundance of arts festivals and cultural centers, regional exhibitions, and growing international recognition. Curator: Melissa Chiu (Pub: Asia Society, 2004, Pbk, 102 pp, color illus)
About the Author
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).