Pick of the Week
Pick of the Week

We at ArtAsiaPacific are savoring the unusual calm of summer and taking a look back into our archives, before a new season of flurried events gets underway in September. For our Pick of the Week, we present, from our July/August 2012 issue, part one of art historian and critic Terry Smith’s engaging perspective on the biennial, which explores how this mega-format has become integral to contemporary art display today, situated somewhere between museum retrospectives and the cutting-edge displays of alternative spaces.

Current Issue
Editor's Letter

Gray Papers

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With July and August upon us, the editors at ArtAsiaPacific are moving in tandem with these wonderfully languid months. Making the most of this unhurried pace, this issue looks back at some of the important artistic figures and movements from Asia after World War II


Pacific Peripheries
Ei Arakawa

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It would be easy to mislabel Ei Arakawa as a “Japanese artist.” His work See Weeds (2011), for example, features performers who take iconic Gutai paintings mounted on wheeled frames and move them around in unison with music, making them “dance.” 


Dearest Montien: A Tribute to Montien Boonma

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The late Montien Boonma (1953–2000) is one of Thailand’s best-known artists. Working through sculpture and installation to portray the country’s shift from its previous agrarian economy and culture toward industrialization, his practice brought a fresh perspective to modern Thai art. 


You Imagine What You Desire
19th Biennale of Sydney

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Desire can be an impish, whimsical affair. The 19th Biennale of Sydney, curated by Juliana Engberg, artistic director of Melbourne’s Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, was themed “You Imagine What You Desire,” 

Palestine USA

How Green Was My Valley

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“How Green Was My Valley” was a poetic meditation on the backbreaking labor, bittersweet sacrifice and precious pleasures entailed in the Palestinian people’s love for their homeland and struggle for its liberation. 

United Arab Emirates Iran
Where I Work

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh & Hesam Rahmanian

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Located on a sleepy, residential street in the al-Barsha neighborhood in Dubai, the tan-colored villa that houses the living and working spaces of Hesam Rahmanian and brothers Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh—long-time friends since their childhood in Iran—appears unassuming. 

China USA
Fine Print

Damage Inc.

This past February, a man walked into the Pérez Art Museum Miami and, in an alleged act of protest, grabbed a sculptural work from a pedestal and smashed it to the ground. 

Art Beijing
ap Contemporary
PIFO gallery
Mimmo Rotella
Yokohama Triennale
Asia Art Archive
VA gallery
Turon Travel
David Zwirner