The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989
Published by Guggenheim Museum Publications, New York, 2009
Edited by Alexandra Munroe
With contributions by D. Scott Atkinson, Vivien Greene, Harry Harootunian, Richard King, Alexandra Munroe, Ikuyo Nakagawa, David W. Patterson, Kathleen Pyne, J. Thomas Rimer, Kristine Stiles, and Bert Winther-Tamaki
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 illuminates the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literary texts, and philosophical concepts on American artistic practices from the late 19th century through the present. Released to accompany a major survey at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Third Mind traces how the classical arts of India, China, and Japan and the systems of Hindu, Taoist, Tantric Buddhist, and Zen Buddhist thought that were collectively admired as “the East” were known, reconstructed, and transformed by American cultural, intellectual, and political forces.