There are many ways to define the geographical region of Asia. The traditional arts of the Indian subcontinent were made mostly to serve its indigenous religions, notably Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Tibet and its art—largely based on Vajrayana Buddhism—are becoming increasingly better known as Tibetan Buddhism. Suh Do-Ho: Paratrooper — 1, installation at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, linen, polyester thread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete and plastic beads, 3. Asian art is diverse and rich, spanning thousands of years and dozens of countries. It is known for its ritual bronzes, beautiful ceramics, jades, textiles, poetic painted landscapes, garden design, elaborate goldwork, extraordinary temples, shrines, pagodas and stupas, woodblock prints, shadow puppets and the highest art form in East Asian art—calligraphy.
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Art of the Americas. The history of Asian art includes a vast range of arts from various cultures, regions and religions across the continent of Asia. South Asian art encompasses the arts of the Indian subcontinent , with Southeast Asian art including the art of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. West Asian art encompasses the arts of the Near East , including the ancient art of Mesopotamia , and more recently becoming dominated by Islamic art.