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ISSUE 60

SEPT/OCT 2008

Issue 60
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Editor's Letter

The Society of the Spectacle

All eyes were on China this August for the grandiose spectacle of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Some four billion television viewers—more than half the people on the globe—were said to have tuned in. 

India
News

Devi Art Foundation Opens in New Delhi

India’s first major non-profit art center, the Devi Art Foundation, opened its doors to the public on September 1. 

China
News

Big Ambitions for New-Media Art Festival in Shanghai

Launched in 2007, the Shanghai eArts Festival will hold its second edition this October, another addition to the already dynamic roster of art events occurring later this year in the city. 

Australia
News: Art Fair Report

To See and To Sell

The 11th biennial Melbourne Art Fair opened on July 30 in the grand Royal Exhibition Building. The five-day-long fair showcased over 3000 contemporary artworks from more than 80 Australian and international galleries from across the Asia-Pacific region. 

Italy India
News

Raqs Media Curate at Manifesta7

Saturday July 19 marked the official opening of the seventh edition of Manifesta, the European Biennale of Contemporary Art. 

Australia
News: The Point

Cultural Regression

The police raid on the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney on May 23 just hours before the opening of the Bill Henson exhibition was a clumsy attempt at censorship and an indirect attack on freedom of expression. 

Singapore
Features

You Have Reached Domestic. How Can I Assist You Today?
Heman Chong

Unspooling the threads between science fiction, social engineering and a renegade relational aesthetics in the work of Singapore’s prodigal enfant terrible.

India UK
Features

The Fiction of Auto-Generation
Anish Kapoor

His works look like artifacts from alien civilizations, emanating a signature red glow that suggests they may even possess their own sentience. How a legendary sculptor gives life to monumental installations while taking himself out of the creative process.

Vietnam
Features

Theater of Observation
An-My Lê

Having grown up during the height of the Vietnam War, a photographer goes behind the scenes of conflict to turn her lens on the military apparatus and its balancing act between fact and fiction.

Japan
Reviews
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Retrospective 1965–2005 & Hawaii
Daido Moriyama

Tirelessly photographing his surroundings since the 1960s, Daido Moriyama has established himself as one of Japan’s most gifted artists for his portraits of diverse subjects, including working-class people, theater performers and both urban and natural landscapes. 

China
Review
Boers-Li Gallery

BLDG 115, RM 1904
Liang Yuanwei

Liang Yuanwei’s first solo show at Boers-Li Gallery featured a collection of paintings that revel in the simple aesthetic pleasures of textile design yet question the medium’s greater worth. 

India UK
Reviews
Aicon Gallery

…within/without…
Atul Bhalla

For the past decade, the central concern of Atul Bhalla’s art practice has been the physical, historical, religious and political importance of water to urban environments and populations. 

USA Iran
Reviews
Salon 94 Freemans

I Without End
Laleh Khorramian

Serendipity lies at the heart of Laleh Khorramian’s varied practice, which includes painting, drawing and animating. 

USA Korea, South
Projects

Where I Work
Byron Kim

On a Monday afternoon in mid-June, Byron Kim’s most recent Sunday Painting hung still wet on his Brooklyn studio wall. 

Print Content
NEWS
State of the Art: The Skin Futures Market
Beijing: Zhang Huan Rumored to Show at Beijing’s Today Art Museum
Bangkok: Thailand Celebrates Opening of Long-Delayed Cultural Center
Doha: Waqif Art Center Invigorates Qatari Art Scene
Vermont: First Residency Program for Himalayan Artists
Auction Report: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cardiff: Azeri Artist Claims Asylum in Wales
Christchurch: SCAPE Biennial Brings Sculpture to the Streets
Art Fair Preview: Wherever You May Go
Round Up: Good Intentions and Big Inventions
Whispering Gallery
PROFILES
NS Harsha: Difference Relates
Alia Syed: Materials for a Film
Shinji Ohmaki: The Color of Space
Sumedh Rajendran: Elemental Constructions
Lorenzo Rudolf: Art Fair Impresario
FEATURES
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung: 28 Million People are Paying Attention
Asian Biennials Preview
REVIEWS
Melbourne: “The Independence Project”
Seoul: Sangnam Lee
Taipei: “Eternal Adventureland”
Shanghai: Yin Zhaohui and Yin Zhaoyu
Manila: Gina Osterloh
Hong Kong: Sally Smart
Bangkok: “All Our Everydays”
Oxford: Lina Saneh
New York: Ranbir Kaleka