Asia Art Archive
Artstor is collaborating with Asia Art Archive (AAA) to share approximately 10,000 images of contemporary Asian art through the Digital Library. The images will be selected from Asia Art Archive's extensive collection of material related to contemporary artists in several Asian countries including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, and Pakistan, as well as artists of Asian descent active worldwide and artists of non-Asian descent living in Asia. Selections from the portfolios of individual artists will be included, as well as materials from personal archives donated by artists, art historians, and critics, such as Roberto Chabet, Lu Peng, Wu Shanzhuan, and Zhang Xiaogang. AAA will also provide documentation of contemporary art installations and art events (exhibitions, biennials, triennials, etc.) from across Asia.
Through this partnership, AAA and Artstor will make this important resource more broadly available for non-commercial, scholarly, and educational purposes. According to Claire Hsu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of AAA, "Asia Art Archive is delighted to announce the beginning of our collaboration with Artstor, the most comprehensive digital database of educational art images in the world. As we celebrate our ten year history of collecting images related to contemporary art and art activities in Asia, we are very pleased through this sharing to be able to make our collection accessible online for researchers and educational institutions around the world for generations to come."
Based in Hong Kong, Asia Art Archive is a non-profit organization and registered charity dedicated to the documentation of the recent history of visual art from Asia within an international context. Initiated in 2000, AAA's mission is to collect, preserve, and make information on contemporary Asian art easily accessible in order to facilitate understanding, research and writing in the field. AAA currently has seven active researchers stationed in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, and New Delhi who work closely with local art communities in their respective countries to document and acquire content for the Archive. Over the course of ten short years of collecting and documenting, AAA has amassed the world's most comprehensive collection of primary and secondary source material on contemporary Asian art in the field, with over 26,000 titles (e.g. exhibition catalogues, monographs, reference books, periodicals, audio-visual content, invitation cards, leaflets, and press clippings). AAA provides access to these materials through its education center and library, which is open to the public, as well as on its website through an online catalog, directory, and world events schedule. AAA also organizes educational and public programs, including lectures, talks, and symposia that are free and open to the public, encouraging teachers, students, and art professionals to actively use this rich resource to support their teaching, research, writing, and other art related activities.