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Gesture, Performance, Behaviour, Attitude

Asian Influence On Contemporary Art In The United States

BY Kim Levin


KAZUO SHIRAGA, The Modern-Transcendent Sambaso, 1957, performance, Tokyo. Courtesy Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Japan.

Despite all the awareness fostered by postmodern theory and multiculturalist studies, the old modern and western and colonial presumptions still persist. There is still a widespread belief in the western art world that the flow of influence is a oneway street leading out. There is still a lingering assumption, in New York at least, that everything emanates from the supposedly…

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