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Tilting Backward

Innovation versus tradition, fine arts versus crafts, global versus local . . . What do these notions mean today? Since 1993, ArtAsiaPacific has introduced artists, such as those from the Pacific Islands, who have forged new paths in craft-making, producing works that many in the established art world perceive as old-fashioned, but which on their own turf are considered contemporary. Throughout the 1990s in particular, when identity politics were a hotly debated topic, Asia-Pacific artists in the United States and many postcolonial Asian countries made the choice to create art in a vernacular language that wasn’t distinctly “Western.”…

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