In April, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) will award the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Asia Curriculum Materials to Lara Blanchard, the Luce Associate Professor of East Asian Art at HWS, and her co-authors for their book “Asian Art.”
Written by Blanchard, Dorinda Neave (Capilano University) and Marika Sardar (San Diego Museum of Art), and published by Pearson in 2015, “Asian Art” illuminates the diversity of Asian artistic traditions, highlighting art and architecture from India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan from the prehistoric period through the 21st century.
“Art, architecture, and visual culture generally function as a window into the past. They provide an unparalleled vehicle for understanding Asian history because artists, artisans and architects were responding to what was going on in their societies and cultures at the time–or, in some cases, responding to what had happened in earlier periods,” Blanchard explained when the book was published.
Blanchard wrote the introduction, which offers background on Asian cultures and languages, explains the roles of artists and patrons in artistic practice, summarizes the types of media used in Asian art and architecture, gives an overview of how formal analysis works, and discusses the beginnings of art history in Asia. The five chapters she wrote to comprise Chinese art and architecture span the Neolithic and early imperial periods through the contemporary era.
The book is fully illustrated in color and is also available as an e-text that includes a number of interactive features.
The AAS, the major international academic organization for Asian Studies specialists, will honor “Asian Art” on April 1, at its conference in Seattle, Wash.
Chair of the Art and Architecture Department, Blanchard joined the HWS faculty in 2001. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and her B.A. at the College of William and Mary. Before coming to the Colleges, she served as an instructor at the University of Michigan. She also previously held a research fellowship at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Her professional affiliations include being an associate in research for the East Asia Program at Cornell University, and a member of the Association for Asian Studies and the College Art Association.