One Way or Another - Asian American Art Now
Catalogue for the exhibition, One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now
Edited by Melissa Chiu, Karin Higa, and Susette S. Min, with contributions by Margo Machida and Helen Zia.
This creatively designed book focuses on works by seventeen Asian American artists that explore this pivotal generation, the prevalent themes in their art, and the different ways they configure a sense of self in their work.
The selected artists came of age in various parts of the United States during the late 1970s and 1980s. They have at their disposal a wide array of art historical practices, popular culture references, and local influences. What characterizes much of their art, as distinguished from the work of previous generations, is a freedom to choose, manipulate, and reinvent different kinds of languages and issues, whether formal, conceptual, or political.
The works in the exhibition, many of them made especially for this show, reflect this energy. Together, the artists and their work defy a definitive conception of Asian American art in favor of working—one way or another.
Paper: 127 pp.