Sep 23 2016

AAP Monthly Picks: September–October 2016

by The Editors

Toba Khedoori

September 25–March 19, 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles, USA

TOBA KHEDOORI, Untitled (doors), 1995, oil and wax on paper, 335 × 594 cm. Copyright the artist. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and David Zwirner, New York/London. 

Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art’s (LACMA) upcoming exhibition of Toba Khedoori will be the artist’s first survey and major museum presentation in 15 years. Her new paintings will be displayed alongside her earlier works, where visitors will see an evident shift in size, material and style. The artist’s recent oils will be contrasted by her large works on paper that reveal her artistic exploration over the past 22 years. Born in Australia, Khedoori has worked in Los Angeles since 1990, and this exhibition, alongside concurrent shows at LACMA, will aim to explore Southern California’s recent art history.

Primavera 2016

September 29–December 4

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Sydney, Australia

This year the Museum of Contemporary Art will be celebrating their 25th edition of Primavera, an annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 and under. The 2016 version will investigate the idea of transmission and the ways that art can physically connect with the audience, and whether meaning can be gleaned from such experiences. Each of this year’s eight artists will create new work for the exhibition.

Kuandu Biennale: Slaying Monsters

September 30–December 11

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
Taipei, Taiwan

TROMARAMA, Aletheia, 2016, two-channel video, lamps and sound, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists. 

Kuandu Biennale brings together 10 curators from 9 countries and has invited them to curate works by an artist or collective, which includes Indonesian artist group Tromarama, among others. This year’s theme, “Slaying Monsters,” aims to create a new myth of contemporary Asian society that look at the “monsters” that exist within it, through a historical, social, political and cultural context. The “Asian Contemporary Art Forum” will run alongside the Biennale with a platform for discussion between the artists, curators and the community.


October 1–December 14

Yokohama Museum of Art
Yokohama, Japan

YINKA SHONIBARE MBE, Addio del Passato, 2011, still from video: 17 min. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York. 

BODY/ART/POLITICS” will present six contemporary artists from around the world, incuding Yinka Shonibare MBE, Yee I-Lann, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, UuDam Tran Nguyen, Ryuichi Ishikawa and Yuichiro Tamura. Their work will explore how images have been created throughout history in relation to “the body,” and how society observes, labels and classifies our looks and behaviors to generate expectations and value judgments.

Jerusalem Show VIII: Before and After Origins

October 6–31

Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art

JAWAD AL-MALHI, Measures of Uncertainty IV, 2013, oil on canvas, 155 × 210 cm. Courtesy the artist. 

Al-Ma’mal Foundation is hosting the 8th edition of the Jerusalem Show, a partner project of Qalandiya International and a biennial celebration of Palestinian art and culture. This year the Jerusalem Show is a two-part exhibition that takes place across two venues: al-Ma’mal Foundation and the Youth Social Centre of the Shu’fat Refugee Camp. The Jerusalem Show will feature artists such as Jawad al-Malhi, Jumana Manna and Gordon Hookey, along with workshops, talks, screenings and performances hosted by Palestinian and international artists.

Koo Jeong A: Riptide

October 7–November 19

Korean Cultural Centre UK
London, UK

MARTIN ROTH, From May to June 2012 I grew grass on rugs in a castle, installation view from Kalsdorf Castle, Austria, 2012. Courtesy the artist. 

This year, Koo Jeong A was selected as the Korean Cultural Centre UK’s “2016 Artist of the Year.” Twenty of her line drawings, readapted from her project book Koo Jeong-A: R (2006), will be presented at the Centre in London. International artists were also invited to respond to her particular drawing Civilising Process (2005). The resulting site-specific installations, including Martin Roth’s patch of grass inspired by Persian rugs, will be shown alongside Koo’s series of works on paper. The exhibition will explore storytelling and related issues of art practice and collaboration.

Artist and Empire: (En) Countering Colonial Legacies

October 7–March 26, 2017

National Gallery Singapore

WONG HOY CHEONG, Re:Looking, 2002–03, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and National Gallery Singapore. 

The National Gallery Singapore, in association with Tate Britain, will present their second international exhibition showing nearly 200 works from regional and international institutions. “Artists and Empire” will delve into the British Empire and its challenges and representations in art from the 16th century to the present, with critical examination rooted in a modern outlook. Southeast Asia’s colonial experience and relationship, as well as the creation of modern art in former colonies, will be investigated.