MAR/APR 2013

Issue 82
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The memory of a particular image

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Recently, while sitting in a taxi at a red light, I noticed the sun hitting the city pavement in a certain way and experienced déjà vu that returned me to a time of velvety optimism, though I could not identify the memory. Was I remembering a walk to my  grandparent’s, with me bearing flowers and oranges for a family Lunar New Year feast?

New Zealand
Reports: Dispatch


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Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, but its geographic distance from the rest of the world and its comparatively small population of 1.5 million leaves it with something of an inferiority complex.

Reports: The Point

Art After Free Will

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We are now experiencing a shift in civilization from the final stages of modernity and expansion toward a shrinking world. The work of neuroscientists such as Vilayanur S. Ramachandran from the University of California, San Diego, and of robotics and artificial-intelligence scholar Takashi Maeno from Keio University, Tokyo, has begun to prove that there is no free will.


The Little Can That Could

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Some company recently was interested in buying my “aura.” – Andy Warhol

The prodigious prince of Pop art, Andy Warhol is often described as a visionary who fused high art with low commercial product. Initially dismissed by Time magazine as a “huckster of hype,” Warhol had a preternatural understanding of the power of both consumer psychology and public relations in the 1960s. His influence was seminal in the development of appropriation art, as well as in the melding of fine art with consumer goods both quotidian and luxurious—two movements that continue to inundate the art world today.

Profiles: Backstory

These are Troubled (Tribal) Times
Kawayan de Guia

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Kawayan means “bamboo” in Tagalog, and the tall, lanky, soft-spoken Kawayan de Guia bears the name well. Although Metro Manila is the bastion of the mainstream Filipino art scene, de Guia resides in his hometown of Baguio, in the Cordillera mountain region that has been the subject of many of his works.

Australia Malaysia India

Against Blankness
The Inhabiting Spaces of Simryn Gill

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It’s May 4, 2006. A tsunami warning has been issued for Fiji and New Zealand following an earthquake in Tonga. At Sotheby’s in New York, Picasso’s Dora Maar with Cat (1941) goes for USD 95 million under the hammer, becoming the second-most expensive painting in auction history.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

The Seventh Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong Singapore Japan China India Indonesia
Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Of Human Scale and Beyond: Experience and Transcendence

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Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) executive director Connie Lam and guest curator Eugene Tan from Singapore selected nine Asian artists to explore the theme “Of Human Scale and Beyond.

USA Pakistan

Unnatural Histories
Huma Bhabha

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Pakistani-born artist Huma Bhabha is known for her figurative, totemic sculptures created from found and discarded materials. “Unnatural Histories,” Bhabha’s first solo museum show in New York, featured 30 of her recent sculptures, along with a dozen collage-drawings, displayed across the third floor of MoMA PS1.

Korea, South

Where I Work: Lee Bul

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The ascent to Lee Bul’s home and studio by car requires a series of perilous hairpin turns, up narrow streets lined with vine-covered walls and imposing portals, into the hills of northern Seoul.

Fine Print

You Bought it, But Do You Own It? Understanding Art Title Risks

When making purchases of fine art, collectors focus primarily on issues relating to the authenticity and the condition of their prospective acquisitions. For instance: Is the artwork real? Is it in the catalogue raisonné of the artist? Has it been certified by the artist’s foundation or estate? Is it in good condition? Has it been restored?

In-Print Only Content
Song-Ming Ang: Song-Ming Ang on Yamashita and Kobayashi
“Don’t Attack Art!”
Death of a Salaryman, Birth of a Millionaire
Keep on Pushing
Whispering Gallery
Connecting the Dots
Domestic Visions
Where Historical?
A Story Told To Me by Wang Luyan
Expanding Horizons of Attention: Beyond Exhibition Making
Chadraabal Adiyabazar: Feeling Bullish
Amrita Jhaveri: Blazing a Trail
Monique Burger: Crossing New Boundaries
Salwa Mikdadi: Crossing New Boundaries
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: Of Images, Ghosts & Other Tomorrows
Points on a Compass
Lee Kit: In Pursuit of . . .
Go Figure!
(Im)Possible Landscape
Mao Xuhui
Shanghai Biennale
10 Years of Shooting Home
Thai Trends
Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Halil Altındere
Ai Weiwei
Dayanita Singh
Zarina Hashmi
For the Record
LN Tallur

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