Beyond the material world: abstract art in Asia

Scholar, curator and Guest Editor of This Asian Century Alison Carroll examines abstraction in art made in Asia and finds its development is different from that made in Western countries. She reviews the emergence of abstract art in Asia finding it includes an engagement with spirituality and is renewed today with an emphasis on "the infinite".

Alison Carroll AM is Guest Editor of this edition of Artlink and Artlink’s International Editor. Her book The Revolutionary Century; Art in Asia 1900-2000 (Macmillan 2010) covered some of the issues in this article (in retrospect, too) fleetingly. She was founding Director of Asialink Arts (1990-2010), during which time she worked with many of the authors of this edition.

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