Rethinking Modernity in Modern East Asia Art

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Rethinking Modernity in Modern East Asia Art
Stream: Art/Art History
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Shu-Chin Wang, Fong-Guang University, Taiwan (organizer, presenter)
Yu-Jen Liu, National Palace Museum, Taiwan (presenter)
Sachiko Idemitsu, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan (presenter, chair)
Motoyuki Kure, Curator of Chinese Paintings, Kyoto National Museum, Japan (presenter)
Liya Fan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (presenter)


As far as modernity and its relation with art in East Asia is concerned, Western influence has been playing a key role. With increasingly fruitful research put forth, particularly with more attention paid to the art exchange between North-Eastern countries and to an Oriental modernity, the diversity of modern East Asia Art has been brought into light. This panel hence intends to re-examine the seemingly cliché modernity in East Asia art through different lenses in the following five papers. Landscape in the Republican Mountain-and-Water Paintings deliberates the contemporaneity in seemingly conservative ink paintings in the early 20th century.
The “Lang Shining Legacy” and Pursuit of Modernity in the Early Twentieth-Century Writings of Chinese Painting History considers the way we look into the past Western icon in a modern era. Kosugi Hoan’s Modernity: Examining His Adoration for Chinese Paintings examines the modernity in the paintings of Kosugi Hoan through his application of classical literati taste. Reconstructing the Style of Literati Painting: the Paintings of Chinese Artists Wang Yemei and Hu Tiemei, Who Came to Japan in the Early Meiji Period, and Taki Sei-ichi and The Kokka: Promoting Chinese Painting to Western Connoisseurs, both of which transcend borders in discussing the translating and circulating of East Asia Art in modern China and Japan. In addition to demonstrating the latest discoveries as a result of the presenters’ constant endeavor, the goal of this panel is to explore the faces of modernity in East Asia art. By blurring the boundaries between genders, styles, stances and nations, this panel is empowered to beam a new light on a multi-layered modernity in which the interaction between each other might be more vibrant than first imaged.