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Pick of the Week
Pick of the Week

In our May/June issue, Singaporean artist Heman Chong pens an opinion piece in which he questions what more can local artists do with Singapore’s generous cultural policies to galvanize its art community.

Current Issue
Editor's Letter

Record Makers

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At a recent dinner party, I was seated next to a gallerist who shows young artists from Hong Kong. I was struck by his quirky description of one of his artists: he called him a “human photocopier.”

Taiwan
Reports: One on One

Chen Chieh-jen on Bitai Thoan

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The Taiwanese Cultural Association, in operation between the years 1921 and 1931, was established during the period when Taiwan was under Japanese colonial rule (1895–1945) by members of the resistance, educator Lu Ping-ting and intellectual Chiang Wei-shui. 

Singapore
Reports: The Point

A Country, At Large

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The art and cultural scene in Singapore has changed a lot since I started making art in 1997. I don’t think anyone can deny the fact that Singapore’s government is one of the very few in Southeast Asia that has progressively encouraged the local growth of art, 

China
Profiles

Great Expectations
Ma Qiusha

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Before her seventh birthday, Chinese artist Ma Qiusha’s parents decided that she was going to be a musician. They bought her an accordion and enrolled her at the local music academy. 

USA Hong Kong Vietnam Japan Korea, South Myanmar
Features

How to See and Why
Alfredo Jaar

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Since the 1980s, the work of Alfredo Jaar has dealt with the forms and ethics through which art takes responsibility for complex phenomena in society. He has created a language that breaks through the mechanisms that dehumanize individuals and communities in moments of turmoil from our recent history. 

Taiwan Philippines
Reviews

Locomotion
Michael Lin

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Bright flowers, bike peddlers and brash flagpoles come together in a playful and interactive show by Michael Lin, set in the stunning space of Manila’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD).

Korea, South United Kingdom
Reviews

Radiohalo
Michael Joo

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Standing in the cavernous, brightly lit interior of London’s Blain|Southern in early February, one was reminded of the whitewashed, futuristic rooms used in sci-fi films to denote some sort of alternate zone outside of the space-time continuum.

India USA
Reviews

Nasreen Mohamedi

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Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990), born in Karachi, India, left the Subcontinent in 1954 to attend St. Martin’s School of the Arts in London, and continued her studies in art in Paris during the 1960s. 

United Arab Emirates
Where I Work

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

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My drive through the craggy Hajar Mountains to reach artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim’s studio conjured visions of Donald Judd’s stark Marfa, Texas refuge from the New York art world din. 

Fine Print

Mural Support

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In January, American artist Katherine Craig filed a lawsuit to protect her public artwork, The Illuminated Mural, created in 2009 on an Albert Kahn-designed building on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan.

Web Reviews
Hong Kong USA
UBS-commissioned project at the Cheung Hing Industrial Building

Annie Leibovitz

Indonesia Singapore
Singapore Tyler Print Institute

Heri Dono

From the Archive
No More War; Save Water; Don't Pollute The Sea
FROM Jul/Aug 2008

No More War; Save Water; Don’t Pollute The Sea: Makoto Aida

The two-hour train from Tokyo station to Makoto Aida’s home in Chiba prefecture requires a succession of carefully timed transfers to increasingly smaller alternate lines, moving from urban density to suburban commuter settlements and through rice fields pockmarked with brutally utilitarian structures made of concrete or sheet metal. Miss the last connection and you will end up stranded on an empty platform for an hour or more.

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