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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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Land, Landlessness, Mobility
In his essay for the 2008 Gwangju Biennale, curator Okwui Enwezor describes our time as the “Asian Century”: “Judging from the shape and turn of events, the clockwork convergence of Asia’s polyglot cultures, the large and still-growing consumer socie
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Player of Beings
“Player of Beings,” at the Ming Contemporary Art Museum, took as its subject the history of the video game, artists who use the aesthetics of video games, or gaming as a platform for social commentary. It was an exhibition which, in lieu of examining
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Chen Zhen Short-circuits
The late conceptual artist Chen Zhen described the moment of artistic creation as a “short-circuit” generated by presenting commonplace objects in unexpected combinations and contexts. Named for this idea, the artist’s recent retrospective, curated b
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Wong Kit Yi on Michael Findlay
March 1, 2021 Dear ______________, Let’s get something straight: Michael Findlay is a dealer. Not a gallerist. He loathes that term. No, he’s a dealer. He makes deals on masterpieces, he’s been doing so for decades, and he feels there’s no need to br
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Art Directory
www.nyuad-artgallery.org nyuad.artgallery@nyu.edu New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi T +971 2 628 8000 Mon–Sat 12am–8pm An academic museum-gallery presenting exhibitions by internationally-established artists, curators, and sch
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My Work Contains The Culture I Come From
In his photographs and texts, Paul Hutchinson addresses issues of equality, urban life, and social mobility. In doing so, he gives his generation a unique voice, and at the same time draws a bittersweet portrait of our time. Sylvia Metz spoke with th
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Post-Covid-19 Art and Urbanism
In 2021, the Point asks writers about the deep-seated issues that Covid-19 has brought into view, and how they might tackle these problems to create better post-pandemic futures. Below, Eunseon Park, director of the collective Listen to the City, out
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Hiwa K
After almost two decades of living in Germany, the Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K moved back to his birthplace in Kurdistan in early 2020. When we connected over Skype, he had just returned to the mountainous territory from Dubai, where his exhibition “
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Mind’s eye
WANG TUO “Madness fascinates because it is knowledge,” observes Michel Foucault in Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason (1961). In his taxonomy of European sociocultural, juridical, and medical attitudes to lunacy, Fou
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