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Pick of the Week
Pick of the Week

In our September/October issue, Australian lawyer Roger Ouk revisits the 2005 exposé that revealed J. Paul Getty Museum’s involvement in the acquisition of antiquities allegedly looted from archaeological sites in Italy and Greece. Ouk discusses the importance of provenance, as well as issues of cultural ownership, surrounding the acquisitions of antiquities by major international museums.

Current Issue
Editor's Letter

Vital Encounters

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In East Asia, the September season arrives with a gauntlet of festivals. Mega-exhibitions in Gwangju, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan, Taipei and Shanghai are all on the docket—not to mention the Yokohama Triennale, which is already up and running. 

Australia
Reports: One on One

Tony Albert on Gordon Bennett

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1999 was my last year at high school and the year I went to see “History and Memory in the Art of Gordon Bennett” at Brisbane City Gallery. It was the first exhibition I had ever attended and it changed my life forever.

Lebanon
Reports: Dispatch

Beirut

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Perhaps the apotheosis of Beirut’s rise as a center for contemporary art came earlier this year, when e-flux was invited to set up shop in Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace academy, with co-founder Anton Vidokle as a resident professor. 

Hong Kong
Reports: The Point

After an Education in Art, What Next?

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As the academic year begins, and students arrive at, or return to, their chosen institutions with high hopes for their pursuit of knowledge, I feel a sense of anxiety that some might consider inappropriate at this time of such promise. 

Qatar Saudi Arabia USA
Profiles

The Making Of…
Sophia al-Maria

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In her 2013 memoir, The Girl Who Fell to Earth, artist, writer and filmmaker Sophia al‑Maria recounts an identity crisis brought on by having been raised between the Arabian Gulf and the United States. 

India
Features

Prescient Provocateur
Rummana Hussain

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On a sunlit afternoon in Mumbai, surrounded by a handful of well-wishers and cultural peers, Rummana Hussain (1952–99) embarked upon her inaugural performance piece, Living on the Margins (1995). As she slowly walked around the open courtyard of the National Centre for Performing Arts with ghungroos, or ankle bells, 

Taiwan
Reviews

View-Point: A Retrospective of Li Yuan-Chia
Li Yuan-chia

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The retrospective of Li Yuan-chia (1929–94) at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), which featured over 190 pieces and documents from the artist’s four major creative periods, was inspiring for visitors who, like myself, have previously had scarce chance to see his artworks in person.

USA New Zealand
Reviews
The Drawing Center

Motion Sketch
Len Lye

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One of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists, Len Lye (1901–80) is hardly a household name in much of the art world, but is widely recognized for his major contribution to avant-garde film.

Tibet Switzerland
Where I Work

Kesang Lamdark

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Shirtless and teetering atop a ladder in Shanghai’s heavy midday haze is how I first remember seeing Kesang Lamdark, back in September 2008. He was melting bright pink plastic sheeting over a massive, four-meter-tall boulder with a miniscule heat gun.

USA
Fine Print

Good Title, Good Sense

I am riveted by public scandals. Not just because of the salacious details, but also because scandals, like good comedy, highlight current attitudes toward particular (mis)conducts. Acceptable conduct yesterday may be subject to scorn today.

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