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Au Sow Yee
For Au Sow Yee, what happens in the space of a cinema is just as enthralling as a film itself. She recalls the “magical” childhood experience of seeing a light beam penetrate a projection room’s outer glass pane, illuminate the dust dancing above the
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Chitra Ganesh
Sitting atop a mattress on the floor of her studio apartment in New York City’s Ditmas Park district, Chitra Ganesh lamented being unable to properly host guests. “It’s so weird,” she said, her voice slightly muffled through her face mask. “I keep wa
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Amir H. Fallah Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion
Best known for his unique approach to portraiture, Amir H. Fallah has made a name for himself not by painting incredible likenesses of people but by revealing who they are through the objects that they possess. Exploring issues of family, identity, a
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Through Another Lens
MAR 12–JUN 6 UCCA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, BEIJING Cao Fei’s first midcareer survey in her birth country will bring together videos, photographs, and installations probing China’s mind-bending modernization and social transformations. Seminal pro
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Yang Fudong
Yang Fudong is known for his atmospheric painting-like films, which reinterpret classical Chinese art. His latest series, Endless Peaks (2020)—comprising cinematic acrylic canvases, photographs, and videos—marks a shift in media for the artist. Shans
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Slow Start
With most of the world still contending with Covid-19, the new year feels very much like the previous one. As in 2020, auction houses are relying on digital offerings while remaining cautious about releasing details of their live presentations too fa
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Gu Xiong The Remains of a Journey
At Centre A, Vancouver-based artist Gu Xiong’s exhibition, “The Remains of a Journey,” told a history of Chinese migrants, predominantly from Guangdong, who traveled to the west coast of Canada over a century ago to prosper from “Golden Mountain.” Wo
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Awards
On January 18, the Tokyo government and Tokyo Arts and Space announced photographer Shiga Lieko and multidisciplinary artist Takeuchi Kota as the winners of the 2021–23 Tokyo Contemporary Art Award. Each recipient gets JPY 3 million (USD 28,970) for
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Rotten and Thriving
The past is messy and so is Candice Lin’s practice. In her 2020–22 touring exhibition “Pigs and Poison,” a trebuchet flings balls of oil, wax, lard, and black pigment across the room, splattering the walls. The installation plays to the rumored origi
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Cian Dayrit
Excavators and dump trucks roll over axed trees to pile dirt into a sea. Further out in the water, behemoth trawlers ram into Filipino bangka outrigger boats, leaving capsized fishermen in their wake. All the while, a partially submerged dragon is ey
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Tarek Atoui Cycles in 11
It’s no overstatement that Tarek Atoui’s work is literal music to the art world’s ears. Sitting somewhere between art display, performance, and sound lab, Atoui’s solo exhibition “Cycles in 11,” curated by Sharjah Art Foundation director Hoor Al Qasi
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Mike HJ Chang Calendar of Dilation
Hydrographic concerns are salient in the contemporary art of Southeast Asia, a region with deep historical and material ties to the water. Recent years, in particular, have witnessed much art-making and conceptual discourse that relates to seas and r
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Obituaries
Less than two weeks after his 91st birthday, Korean painter Kim Tschang-Yeul (1929–2021), who spent five decades exploring representations of water drops, passed away in Seoul on January 5. On January 8, conceptual and installation artist Adrian Jone
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Lee Seung Taek Non-Art: The Inversive Act
High above the central courtyard of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, hundreds of thin strips of cerulean fabric twisted and fluttered in the breeze between the museum’s two main buildings, where they were strung alo
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Déjà Vu
Art fairs continue to be challenged by pandemic-impelled travel restrictions, lockdowns, and postponements. Several regional events enjoyed the benefit of in-person interactions, but it remains to be seen if some planned fairs will go ahead in areas
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Traveling Through Time
It feels like it was both a century ago and just yesterday when news of a mysterious coronavirus first started to spread across the globe. In warping our experiences of time, the pandemic has drawn attention to the unstable nature of how we relate pa
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Min Oh
When American composer John Cage disrupted the historical discourse of Western music in the 20th century by challenging basic assumptions of composition and performance, he precipitated a fundamental reconsideration of musical linguistics. One pillar
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Contributors
Louis Ho is an independent curator, critic, and art historian whose recent exhibitions include “The Foot Beneath the Flower: Camp. Kitsch. Art. Southeast Asia” at the ADM Gallery of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was previously a cur
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Rome
I grew up in Rome in the 1990s as a first-generation immigrant—one of the privileged ones who attended an international school. I distinctly recall, though, the injustice that I felt on the playground, where speaking English brought admiration while
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Tinfoil Dreams
When looking at Paul Hutchinson’s photographs, I notice that the focus is never on fixed positions, but rather on fragile relations comprising attitudes toward the external reality of a contemporary metropolis. As such, the motifs of his pictures are
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Material Metaphors
The West has long exoticized Asian women, imposing on us the role of a meek, subservient “other.” This fabricated image relegates us as commodities and status symbols up for grabs, much like coveted fine Chinese ceramics. Rooted in Anne Anlin Cheng’s
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Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art
“Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art” was not the retrospective one might expect from an institution designed to house 19th-century European art. Nigel Borell (Pirirākau, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whakatōhea), ex-curator of Māori art at Au
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Lu Yang
From 3D simulations of neurosurgical procedures to video-game avatars for gods of pain, Lu Yang’s eye-searing, pop-culture-inflected multimedia projects are products of the artist’s longstanding research into the nexus of the material and the metaphy
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Lindy Lee Moon in a Dew Drop
At 1,200-degrees Celsius, a drop of molten bronze can burn through flesh in seconds. For Lindy Lee, however, working with this dangerous medium holds a meditative power. This sumptuous materiality permeated Lee’s survey at the Museum of Contemporary
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Taipei Biennial 2020: You and I Don’t Live on the Same Planet
In December 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 snapped a picture of home as they rocketed toward the moon. The Blue Marble has since become the most reproduced image of Earth, the view of our small and distant planet forever etched into our self-imagination
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Familiar Hunting, Unfamiliar Gathering
Unguided by any exhibition text, visitors to Art-informal Gallery in Greenhills may have been confounded by “Familiar Hunting, Unfamiliar Gathering” at first. However, this did not indicate the absence of any curatorial framing. The gallery, repurpos
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Itinerary
JUL 18, 2020–MAR 21 Museum of the people, by the people, for the people 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa SEP 7, 2020–APR 5 Kim Lim: Carving and Printing Tate Britain London SEP 12, 2020–FEB 26, 2022 Takashi Murakami: Michel Majerus Su
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EDITOR & PUBLISHER Elaine W. Ng DEPUTY EDITOR & DEPUTY PUBLISHER HG Masters MANAGING EDITOR Chloe Chu SENIOR EDITOR Don J. Cohn ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ophelia Lai NEWS & WEB EDITOR Lauren Long ASSISTANT EDITOR Pamela Wong EDITORIAL INTERNS Yuna Lee, Celina
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Covid-19 Continues to Impact Art-World Calendar
Despite the rollout of vaccines, cases are still on the rise in various parts of the globe, impeding travel and causing further cancellations and delays for art events. Most art fairs have gone virtual while physical events are limited. Art Basel’s i
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Celebrating Ingenuity
Edited by Ezgi Arıduru and Merve Elveren Published by SALT/Garanti Kültür, Istanbul, 2020 After learning that Joseph Beuys had died in January 1986, the 41-year-old Turkish artist Cengiz Çekil sent flowers to the German Cultural Center in İzmir and t
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