John la Farge
'The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989' at the Guggenheim

The history of American art has missed the mark, says curator Alexandra Munroe. It has overlooked the profound and pervasive contribution of Asian philosophy and culture to the caldron, and the exhibition she has spent five years organizing, "The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989," is going to prove her point. Vast and ambitious, the just-opened exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum encompasses some 250 works from 110 artists, writers and performers, both those well known for their Asian affinities and others whose connections may seem obscure. All have been influenced by Asian art, books and philosophy, says Munroe, influence that was reflected...