Professor Emeritus John Clark


Research Interests

John Clark
  • Modern Japanese Art since Meiji
  • Chinese academic painting and the avant-garde
  • The problems of modernity in art beyond Euramerica
  • Art in China and Thailand of the 1980s and 1990s
  • Biennales and contemporary Asian art
  • Re-defining 'The Asian Modern'


  • Japanese Arts and Globalizations, University of California Los Angeles, since 2008
  • Asian Art Archives, Hong Kong, since 2002
  • Yishu: Chinese Contemporary Art, since 2001
  • The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, since 1997
  • East Asian History, Australian, National University, since 1991

Awards and honors

  • Best Art Book Prize for Asian Modernities: Chinese and Thai Art Compared, 1980 to 1999, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2011
  • Australian Centenary Medal, 2003
  • CIHA [Comité internationale de l'histoire d'art, membre supplémentaire] 2003
  • FAHA [Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities] 2001

Selected Publications


  • Clark, J. (2013). Modernities of Japanese Art. Leiden: Brill.
  • Clark, J. (2010). Asian Modernities: Chinese and Thai Art Compared, 1980 to 1999. Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
  • Clark, J. (2010). Modernities of Chinese Art. Leiden: Brill.
  • Clark, J., Peleggi, M., Sabapathy, T. (Eds.). (2006). Eye of the beholder: reception, audience, and practice of modern Asian art. Sydney: Wild Peony.
  • Clark, J. (2001). Japanese Exchanges in Art 1850s To 1930s: With Britain, Continental Europe, and the USA. Australia: Power Publications.

Book Chapters

  • Clark, J. (2015). Moral Tales, Now with Humor and Maybe Redemption. In A. Bergmann, S-L Hertel, J. Noth, A. Papist-Matsuo, W. Schrape (Eds.), Elegant Gathering in a Scholar's Garden: Studies in East Asian Art in Honor of Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch, (pp. 287-291). Wiemar: Verlag und Datenbank für Geisteswissenschaften.
  • Clark, J. (2014). The Worlding of the Asian Modern. In Michelle Antoinette, Caroline Turner (Eds.), Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making, (pp. 67-88). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Clark, J. (2014). Trajectories of the National: Xu Beihong and Arthur Kampf in Inter-Asian Comparison. In Wang Wenjuan (Eds.), Globalisation and Ethnicisation: Xu Beihong Art Research and Development in 21st Century China, (pp. 405-424). Beijing: Chinese Peoples University Press.
  • Clark, J. (2013). Asian Artists as Long-Distance Cultural Specialists in the Formation of Modernities. In Fuyubi Nakamura, Morgan Perkins, Olivier Krischer (Eds.), Asia through Art and Anthropology: Cultural Translation Across Borders, (pp. 19-32). London: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury.
  • Clark, J. (2013). The Elephant and The Ant: Chinese and Thai Art in the 1980s and 1990s. In Parul D Mukherji, Naman P Ahuja, Kavita Singh (Eds.), InFlux: Contemporary Art in Asia, (pp. 20-35). New Delhi: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Clark, J. (2013). The Endogenous-Exogenous Interface in Globalism: The Case of China and Thailand. In Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Weibel (Eds.), The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds, (pp. 193-201). Karlsruhe, Germany: ZKM Publications.
  • Clark, J. (2012). Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art: Main Issues. In Birgit Hopfener, Franziska Koch, Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch, Juliane Noth (Eds.), Negotiating Difference: Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context, (pp. 33-47). Weimar: VDG Weimar.
  • Clark, J. (2012). Okakura Tenshin and Aesthetic Nationalism. In Rimer, J. Thomas (Eds.), Since Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000, (pp. 212-256). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Clark, J. (2012). The Southeast Asian Modern: Three Artists. In Nora A. Taylor, Boreth Ly (Eds.), Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology, (pp. 15-32). New York, United States: Cornell University Press.
  • Clark, J. (2011). 'Asian Art' and Australia. In Anderson, Jaynie (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art, (pp. 217-230). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Clark, J. (2011). Open and closed discourses of Modernity in Asian Art. In Melissa Chiu, Benjamin Genocchio (Eds.), Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader, (pp. 27-45). United States of America: The MIT Press.
  • Clark, J. (2010). A distant view. In James Elkins, Zhivka Valiavicharska and Alice Kim (Eds.), Art and globalization. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Clark, J. (2010). Art in Beijing 1981 & 1990. In John A Clark (Eds.), Modernities of Chinese Art, (pp. 19-27). Leiden: Brill.
  • Clark, J. (2010). Asia's invisible [?] modernism. In Peking University Research Centre for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education (Eds.), What is Chinese Contemporary Art?, (pp. 438-459). Chengdu: Sichuan Meishu Chubanshe.
  • Clark, J. (2010). Biennials as structures for the writing of art history: the Asian perspective. In Elena Filipovic, Marieke van Hal, Solveig Ovstebo (Eds.), The Biennial Reader, (pp. 164-183). Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag.
  • Clark, J. (2010). Chinese modern artists in postwar France, 1980s and 1990s. In John A Clark (Eds.), Modernities of Chinese Art, (pp. 187-209). Leiden: Brill.
  • Clark, J. (2008). Modernities in art: how are they "other"? In Kitty Zijlmans and Wilfried van Damme (Eds.), World art studies: exploring concepts and approaches, (pp. 401-418). Amsterdam: Valiz.
  • Jones, C., Clark, J. (2008). Nationalism and Internationalism in Modern Art. In Sarvepalli Gopal, Sergei L.Tikhvinsky (Eds.), History of Humanity: Scientific and Cultural Developement: Volume VII The Twentieth Century, (pp. 408-446). Paris, France: UNESCO Publishing.
  • Clark, J. (2007). Beyond Euramerica. In Peter Weibel/Andrea Buddensieg (Eds.), Contemporary art and the museum: a global perspective, (pp. 66-78). Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag.
  • Clark, J. (2007). Histories of the Asian "New": Biennales and Contemporary Asian Art. In Vishakha N Desai (Eds.), Asian Art History in the 21st Century, (pp. 229-249). United States: Yale University Press.
  • Clark, J. (2006). An Australian Creative Space: Where is Australian-Asian art now? In Charles Green (Eds.), 2006 /contemporary commonwealth/, (pp. 26-35). Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Clark, J., Peleggi, M., Sabapathy, T. (2006). General introduction. In John Clark, maurizio Peleggi & T.K Sabpathy (Eds.), Eye of the beholder: reception, audience, and practice of modern Asian art, (pp. 1-6). Sydney: Wild Peony.
  • Clark, J. (2006). Luis Chan: A Hong Kong Modernist. In Jack Lee (Eds.), From Reality to Fantasy: the Art of Luis Chan, (pp. 112-116). Hong Kong: Asian Art Archive.
  • Clark, J. (2006). What Modern and Contemporary Asian Art is [or is not]: the view from MoMA and the view from Asia. In John Clark, Maurizio Peleggi, and T.K. Sabapathy (Eds.), Eye of the beholder : reception, audience, and practice of modern Asian Art, (pp. 297-317). Sydney: Wild Peony Pty Ltd.
  • Clark, J. (2004). Chinese Artists In France. In Francis Alys, Gerardo Mosquera, Jean Fisher (Eds.), Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, (pp. 210-233). 'Cambridge, Massachusetts': The MIT Press.

Journal articles

  • Clark, J. (2015). Canon-Making and Curating in Recent Asian Art. Journal of Fine Arts, 2(2), 33-93.
  • Clark, J., Chen, W. (2015). Questions of Contemporary Discourse and Its Development in the Work of Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. Xiandai Meishu, 176, 35-47. [More Information]
  • Clark, J. (2014). [Book Review] '"Avant-Garde" Art Groups in China, 1979–1989: The Stars - The Northern Art Group - The Pond Association - Xiamen Dada: A Critical Polylogue' by Paul Gladston. The China Journal, 72, 223-225.
  • Clark, J. (2014). Alms to Stray Dogs and Other Stories: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook in Conversation with John Clark. Art Monthly Australia, 268, 34-41.
  • Clark, J. (2014). Is the Modernity of Chinese Art Comparable?: An Opening of a Theoretical Space. Journal of Art Historiography, 10.
  • Clark, J. (2014). Japan and Modern Asian Art. Journal of Fine Arts, 1(2), 49-80.
  • Clark, J. (2013). [Book review] Hans Belting, 'Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 13, 185-189.
  • Clark, J. (2013). Presenting the Self: Pictorial and Photographic Discourses in Nineteenth-century Dutch Indies and Siam. Ars Orientalis, 43, 66-81.
  • Clark, J. (2011). An "Australian" creative space: where is Australian-Asian Art now? Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 40(2), 90-95.
  • Clark, J. (2011). Charusu Waaguman, saikô. Kindai Gasetsu, 20(4), 12-35.
  • Clark, J. (2011). Icon and Image in Modern Thai Art: A Preliminary Exploration. Contemporary Aesthetics, 3(Special), 1-31.
  • Clark, J. (2010). [Book review] Art in China 2/e, Oxford University Press, edited by C. Clunas. Asian Art News, 20(2), 100-100.
  • Clark, J. (2009). Margo Machida, Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American artists and the social imaginary. Asian Art News, 19(6), 120.
  • Clark, J. (2009). Political expression and the recent Chinese landscape painting of Ding Fang. emaj: electronic Melbourne art journal, 4, 1-23.
  • Clark, J. (2007). Hybridity in Asian art now. Journal of Korean Modern and Contemporary Art History, 18, 192-208.
  • Clark, J. (2007). Review: Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World. Asian Art News, (March).
  • Clark, J. (2007). Review: When was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art.
  • Clark, J. (2007). Unashamedly Eurocentric. World Sculpture News, 13(3), 40-41.
  • Clark, J. (2007). Uncertain Identity. Asian Art News, 17(5), 86-91.
  • Clark, J. (2006). La modernite a l'horizon: La culture populaire dans le Japon des annees vingt. Edited by Jean-Jacques Tschudin and Claude Hamon. Editions Philippe Picquier, Arles, 2004. 244 pages. $18.00. Journal of Japanese Studies, 32(1), 165-169. [More Information]
  • Clark, J. (2006). Okakura Tenshin and Aesthetic Nationalism. East Asian History, 29(June), 1-38.
  • Clark, J. (2005). A Short review of a Very, Very Long Book. Yishu: A journal of Chinese Contemporary Art, 4(4), 107-107.
  • Clark, J. (2005). Japanese Modernisation and Mingei Theory: Cultural Nationalism and Oriental Orientalism. Journal of Design History, 18(3), 309-311.
  • Clark, J. (2005). Yao Souchou, Confucian Capitalism: Discourse, practice and the myth of Chinese enterprise, London and New York, Routledge/Curzon, 2002, 192 pages, ISBN 0-7007-1583-5. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 15(2), 317-320.
  • Clark, J. (2004). Food Stories. Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, 4 Spring(2), 43-50.
  • Clark, J. (2004). Review: Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 5(1), 237-242.
  • Clark, J. (2003). Making merit, making art: A Thai temple in Wimbledon by Sandra Cate (review). Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 34(3), 578-580.
  • Clark, J. (2003). Okakura Tenshin [Kakuzo] and Aesthetic Nationalism. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 25, 64-89.
  • Clark, J. (2002). Asian Modernisms. Marg, , 102-111.
  • Clark, J. (2002). Review: Contemporary Korean Cinema. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 5(2), 242-243.
  • Clark, J. (2002). System and Style in the practice of Chinese contemporary art : the disappearing exterior? Yishu: A journal of Chinese Contemporary Art, , 13-33.
  • Clark, J. (2002). What in the context of contemporary art, is your vision of a future art? Www.Anthology-Of-Art.Net.
  • Clark, J. (2002). Xiandai Dashi: Riben xiandai yishu de zhuliu (Modern Masters: the makers of Modernity. Lishi Wenwu (Journal of National History Museum Taiwan), , 70-84.
  • Clark, J. (2001). Review: Asian Artists at the 2001 Venice Biennale. IIAS Newsletter, 26(November).