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In ArtAsiaPacific’s May/June 2017 issue, Beijing-based AAP contributor Thomas Mouna escorts the reader through the historic yet quickly vanishing hutongs of Beijing, where modest but unconventional creative clusters are mounting engaging, community-driven art projects.


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In from the Cold

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

In the lead-up to this year’s Venice Biennale and Documenta, I was reading a 1979 edition of the art journal Black Phoenix

Reports: The Point

Marrying Culture and Commerce in Arts Patronage

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From a historical point of view, arts patronage has undergone a great change since the birth of the museum as an institution.


In Close Quarters

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If you are in the center of Beijing and find yourself in an inconveniently narrow alleyway, flanked by low, gray-colored, traditional-style buildings, then you are in a hutong

Korea, South

Transformative Assemblages
Lee Wan

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One morning several years ago, Lee Wan had an epiphany while eating breakfast. Looking at the various generic packages of cereal, 

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Siah Armajani

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Six days—that is the longest Siah Armajani has been away from his studio in Minneapolis, where he has resided since immigrating to the United States in the early 1960s. 

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Postwar: Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965

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For three years, Haus der Kunst director Okwui Enwezor, together with Katy Siegel and Ulrich Wilmes, conducted research on art produced in the two decades following the Second World War. 

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Reviews: Book Reviews

Stripped Bare

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The 29-year-old Chinese photographer Ren Hang enjoyed a busy, successful career with a full exhibition calendar before he committed suicide in Beijing in February 2017. 

Where I Work

Sahand Hesamiyan

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Iranian sculptor Sahand Hesamiyan’s studio is legendary in the Tehran art world. “If you see only one studio in the capital,” one artist advised during my breakneck three-day visit, “this is it.” 

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