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The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989

Contributions by D. Scott Atkinson, Vivien Greene, Harry Harootunian, Richard King, Alexandra Munroe, Ikuyo Nakagawa, David W. Patterson, Kathleen Pyne, J. Thomas Rimer, Kristine Stiles, and Bert Winther-Tamaki
Published in 2009
468 pages, fully illustrated
Hardcover and softcover, 9 x 12 inches

Organized by Alexandra Munroe, with contributions by D. Scott Atkinson, Vivien Greene, Harry Harootunian, Richard King, Alexandra Munroe, Ikuyo Nakagawa, David W. Patterson, Kathleen Pyne, J. Thomas Rimer, Kristine Stiles, and Bert Winther-Tamaki.

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 illuminates the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literary texts, and philosophical concepts on American artistic practices from the late 19th-century through the present. Released to accompany a major survey at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Third Mind traces how the classical arts of India, China, and Japan and the systems of Hindu, Taoist, Tantric Buddhist, and Zen Buddhist thought that were collectively admired as “the East” were known, reconstructed, and transformed by American cultural, intellectual, and political forces. Featuring 270 objects in array of media, including painting, works on paper, books and ephemera, sculptures, video art, and installations, this richly illustrated catalogue also includes scholarly essays by museum curators and academics specializing in art history, intellectual history, Asian studies, and postcolonial religious and cultural studies, and representing a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.

The index for The Third Mind exhibition catalogue is available online. Download the PDF.

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