The Department of Asian Art fulfills a unique role at The Met by representing the artistic achievements of six major cultural traditions that encompass 5, years of history, half the world's population, more than twenty modern nations, and a vast region that ranges from Afghanistan, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia across the Himalayas to China, Korea, and Japan. The Met's collection of Asian art—more than 35, objects, ranging in date from the third millennium B. Each of the many civilizations of Asia is represented by outstanding works, providing an unrivaled experience of the artistic traditions of nearly half the world. We at The Met want to do our part to make Asia more accessible by celebrating the ways in which the past continues to inform and enrich the present. We invite you to share in that adventure by exploring this page. The Met has been collecting Asian art since the late nineteenth century.
Chinese Religious Sculpture
Asian Art: China, India, Japan, SE Asia
We embark on our constant search for great contemporary art talents, so we set out to explore the wonderful continent of Asia and some of its most renowned street and urban art names. Even though they have already broke the restraints of geographical borders and became internationally famed figures that create artworks all round the world, we take a short trip to Iran, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan to point out ten street creatives we think deserve your attention, if they have not gained it already. We start off this list with one of the biggest street art names from Hong Kong , a city where graffiti was almost unknown before the s. Xeme is widely recognized as one of the first artists to utilize Chinese written language in his work, which is primarily based on letters and patterns. In addition to his exceptional street art, Xeme is known as the creator of the trend-setting Invasian street art magazine , which is primarily dedicated to covering Asian street art, but also features street art talents from all over the world. Jung Lee is an educated photographer from Seoul, South Korea, whose work spreads across sculpture and photography. Lee is renowned for her mesmerizing photographs of surreal text-based light installations made of neon tubes that explore the imagery potential of language.
History of Asian art
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Back to Artzine. It is pertinent to first establish that sculpture , in our contemporary landscape, manifests across mediums. Sculptors no longer merely fire clay or cast bronze but encompass themes riddled through society and notions of individual contextual validities. Often times in contemporary sculpture, this produces installations, site-specific, and experiential works that even go as far as to delineate socio-political and environmental climates. It is rare that contemporary sculptors with their three-dimensional products restrict themselves to a singular material.