The City in Time analyzes how the frantic urban renewal of Vietnam and Cambodia has decisively molded the art produced in both countries between 1990 and 2020. Richly informed about the histories of Vietnam and Cambodia, Pamela N. Corey sensitively foregrounds the differences between each nation’s modernizing project. Meanwhile, the articulation of the book’s theoretical terminology is somewhat tangled, since the term “urban form,” used in the title, is not fully unpacked in the introduction. Readers eventually get a sense that this concept—said to refer to a city’s morphology as well as its individual features—provides a vantage point to examine the art of a region that has witnessed rapid urban growth. In as much as cities are organizing sites for the nation, it makes sense to use them as a common ground to write global art histories. With this proposition in mind, Corey challenges the static understanding of time and...
Review: The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia, by Pamela N. Corey
Cristina Nualart; Review: The City in Time: Contemporary Art and Urban Form in Vietnam and Cambodia, by Pamela N. Corey. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 November 2023; 18 (4): 120–122. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2023.18.4.120
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