An illustrated collection of essays on modern and contemporary Asian art by a key figure of the international contemporary art world.
An illustrated collection of more than thirty essays and 640 color images, Art and Trousers moves deftly between regional analysis, portraits of individual artists, and a metaphorical history of trousers. This book presents a panoramic view of modern and contemporary Asian art, varying its focus on the impacts of invention, tradition, exchange, colonization, politics, social development, and gender. David Elliott spotlights the practice of many leading global artists of the early twenty-first century, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Rashid Rana, Bharti Kher, Makoto Aida, Chatchai Puipia, and Yeesookyung, among many others. Art and Trousers offers insight into the development of a key curatorial practice for our times, and it will be an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand contemporary art and the way it operates across borders.
About the Author
David Stuart Elliott is a curator of modern and contemporary art and founding director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
“Challenging and admirably cosmopolitan. . . The book is a catalyst for fresh historical and sociological thought."
— Art in America
"Art and Trousers invites all readers interested or involved in some way with contemporary Asian art to respond to it from their own different perspectives. . . . As such, in many ways, the book will undoubtedly contribute strongly to the further development of a vigorous discourse on the different faces of contemporary Asian art.”
— Real Tokyo
“As erudite as it is eclectic. . . A trove of images and facts, with lashings of charm. . . . Art & Trousers is so eclectic and full of obscure facts that it is a volume you dip into rather than read in a single sitting. . . But there are ample rewards for those who persevere. There is an abundance of illustrated materials and an inexhaustible supply of historical titbits."
— South China Morning Post
“All literary collections of art-world modernism which go beyond the commonplace self-enclosed confines of Euro-America should have this anthology of essays. . . . The essays on individual artists which make up the remaining half of the book [are] invaluable references.”
— Art Monthly
“Through Art and Trousers, the reader can follow Elliott’s work with Asian art broadly conceived through a set of powerful essays that provide the rationale for his work with particular artists and shows his understanding of their work and its significance. The voices of the artists are always present and become an integral part of the wider discourse that is reflected in the themes of his exhibitions and biennales. . . . [This] is a book you cannot do justice to in a single sitting. It contains essays that you want to return to again and again.”