Postwar East Asia saw a flourishing of styles in abstraction as artists proactively and provocatively re-examined the tradition of painting in their culture as their environment pushed for a renewed cultural and national identity. While postwar American and European abstract painters, who enjoyed a large presence in the global art world, often cited inspirations from or connections to Asian aesthetic traditions, their East Asian counterparts made work specific to their local conditions and personal experiences of postwar recovery as they interacted with the influx of information about contemporary work being made outside their countries—especially the West. The diversity and complexity of the visual and textural effects created by East Asian artists suggests a complicated relationship with their culture as well as an eagerness to demonstrate their individuality and contemporaneity in the international arena. The entangled histories between Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan accentuated by postcolonial awareness and Cold War realities that dominated the political, economic, and cultural context of the three countries—especially each of their exchanges with America—invite deeper analysis of the parallels, connections, and differences of the seemingly discrete and autonomous art scenes. These mark the directions of investigation that M+ is positioned to conduct as a visual culture museum rooted in East Asia with an international scope.