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What's the use of art? : Asian visual and material culture in context / Jan Mrázek and Morgan Pitelka, editors

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"Post-Enlightenment notions of culture, which have been naturalized in the West for centuries, require that art be autonomously beautiful, universal, and devoid of any practical purpose. The authors of this multidisciplinary volume seek to complicate this understanding of art by examining art objects from across Asia with attention to their functional, ritual, and everyday contexts. From tea bowls used in the Japanese tea ceremony to television broadcasts of Javanese puppet theater, from Indian wedding-chamber paintings to art looted by the British Army from the Chinese emperor's palace, from the adventures of a Balinese magical dagger to the political functions of classical Khmer images - the authors challenge prevailing notions of artistic value by introducing new ways of thinking about culture." "The chapters consider art objects as they are involved in the world: how they operate and are experienced in specific sites, collections, rituals, performances, political and religious events and imagination, and individual people's lives; how they move from one context to another and change meaning and value in the process (for example, when they are collected, traded, and looted, or when their images appear in art history textbooks); how their memories and pasts are or are not part of their meaning and experience. Rather than lead to a single, universalizing definition of art, the essays offer multiple, divergent, and case-specific answers to the question "What is the use of art?" and argue for the need to study art as it is used and experienced. This series of case studies from Asia helps broaden and decolonize our understanding of what art is and asserts the need to go beyond established ways of thinking about art in English-language scholarship"--Jacket
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Wrapping and unwrapping art / Morgan Pitelka -- Functions -- From the living rock: understanding figural representation in early South Asia / Robert Decaroli -- Disposable but indispensable: the earthenware vessel as vehicle of meaning in Japan / Louise Allison Cort -- From the wedding chamber to the museum: relocating the ritual arts of Madhubani / Richard H. Davis -- In the realm of the indigo queen: dyeing, exchange magic, and the elusive tourist dollar on Sumba / Janet Hoskins -- Movements -- Plunder, markets, and museums: the biographies of Chinese imperial objects in Europe and North America / James L. Hevia -- Situating moving objects: a Sino-Japanese catalogue of imported items, 800 CE to the present / Cynthea J. Bogel -- Memories -- Angkor revisited: the state of statuary / Ashley Thompson -- An ancestral keris, Balinese kingship, and a modern presidency / Lene Pedersen -- Raw ingredients and deposit boxes in Balinese sanctuaries: a congruence of obsessions / Kaja M. McGowan -- Conclusion -- Ways of experiencing art: art history, television, and Javanese wayang / Jan Mrázek -- Contributors.
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Local Note
Art objects, Asian.
Material culture -- Asia.
Antiques -- Asia.
Objets d'art asiatiques.
Culture matérielle -- Asie.
Antiquités (Objets anciens) -- Asie.
ART -- Asian.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
Antiques. (OCoLC)fst00810720
Art objects, Asian. (OCoLC)fst00815710
Material culture. (OCoLC)fst01011739
Asia. (OCoLC)fst01240495
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Mrázek, Jan, editor.
Pitelka, Morgan, 1972- editor.
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Print version: What's the use of art?. Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2008 9780824830632 0824830636 (DLC) 2007031696 (OCoLC)165081793
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