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Transcultural Reflections

by Gregory Galligan

A new Guggenheim exhibition makes the case for Asia’s influence on American artists, but artistic influence is never easy to map. 

ALLEN GINSBERG, Sea of Japan, 1963, gelatin silver print, with inscription in ink, 27.9 x 35.6 cm. Photo by Kristopher McKay.

Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery and Allen Ginsberg Trust, New York.

Making my way through Bangkok’s historic Banglumphu district—its streets crammed with food stalls and souvenir pushcarts—I was reminded that all transcultural wanderings yield little of substance for integration into one’s usual patterns of life and work. It

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