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ISSUE 61

NOV/DEC 2008

Issue 61
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Editor's Letter

Fifteen Years Young

Because contemporary Asian art is a relatively novel concept, we feel that the 15th-anniversary issue of AAP is an important milestone, demonstrating that while the field may seem like a new phenomenon, the art and the world around it owns a history, which like all histories is still in the making and up for debate.

Editor's Letter

Fifteen Years Later

Welcome to the 15th-anniversary issue of ArtAsiaPacific! As editor of the magazine from 1997 to 2001, with hindsight I see I was witness to a crucial time of transition for both the magazine and the Asian contemporary art field.

Australia
News

Australia Announces Resale Royalty Plan

The Australian government will introduce resale royalty rights, or droit de suite, literally “right to follow,” next year that provide visual artists or their estate up to five percent of the sale price each time their works are resold.

India
News

Indian Modernist Cleared of All Charges

On September 9, the Supreme Court of India announced they had dismissed all charges brought against internationally renowned artist MF Husain.

Israel
News

Auspicious Start For New Festival In Israel

As Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary with year-long, nation-wide commemorations, on September 24, the first edition of the art festival Art TLV was launched in Tel Aviv, Israel’s nonstop-city and major artistic hub.

Singapore
News

Singapore Art Museum Receives Major Gift From Chinese Painter

The renowned Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong has donated 113 artworks with an estimated value of SGD 66 million (USD 45 million) to the Singapore Art Museum.

China
Essays: In Response

Shock of the Obvious

Did an American art critic mistake China’s radical-chic avant-garde for friendly authoritarianism? Or inadvertently get it right?

Japan
Asian Contemporary Art Landscapes

Location, Space, Content are the Beginning of Curation

When I started working in the arts, most museums were doing art historical exhibitions, in which the art works were installed according to the year of production.

Australia
New Centers & Peripheries

Blowing in the Wind

1993 saw the fortuitous coincidence of several developments in contemporary Asian art. 

Korea, South
Influential & Emerging

Bahc Yiso & Jewyo Rhii

Rhii’s work draws from Bahc’s choice of materials and in his employment of a highly personal, even private stance vis-à-vis the world.

China
Art Criticism

Untitled: China’s Post-Utopian Contemporary Art Criticism

Responding to the explosive birth of the 1985 New Wave movement, art criticism in China didn’t follow the Western model of evolving critical paradigms based on tracing a continuous path of historical development.

USA China
Reviews
BAM/PFA & SFMoMA

“Mahjong” & “Half-Life of a Dream”

Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area had the opportunity to view two remarkable Chinese contemporary art exhibitions this September at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Japan
Reviews
Daikanyama Hillside Forum

Into the Atomic Sunshine: Post-War Art Under Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9

In “Into the Atomic Sunshine,” curator Shinya Watanabe presented the work of 12 artists—eight Japanese and four international—who respond to war, peace, national sovereignty and collective humanity, issues addressed by Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.

Taiwan Thailand
Reviews
Eslite Gallery

Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian identity is the subject of “Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai,” for which Singaporean curator Eugene Tan brought together 17 artists from Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

UK India
Reviews
Albion Gallery

I Dig, I Look Down
Mithu Sen

The first solo for Mithu Sen in London “I Dig, I Look Down” resembled an archeological site.

India
Projects

Where I Work
Bharti Kher

In the fashionable satellite city of Gurgaon, just outside New Delhi, Bharti Kher navigates between the two adjacent three-story residences she converted into studios.

Print Content
PROJECTS
Q & A: Sui Jianguo & Hung Liu
My Eight: Feng Mengbo
RMB City: Open Now
The Last Word: Greed is Good
Proposal X: Max Gimblett & Lindy Roy
NEWS
New York: Blocked Loans to Asia Society
Berlin: Indian Galleries in Germany
Sydney: Australian Auction Under Scrutiny
London: Baghad Artists Exhibit Works Made During Wartime
Hong Kong: Auctions for Non-Profits
Round Up: Voyages of Rediscovery
The Point: Widening Circles of Influence
Auction Report: New Market Strategies
Art Fair Report: Success and Survival
Whispering Gallery
ESSAYS
Perspective: Gandhi in Contemporary Indian Art
Case Study: Gregor Schneider
Archives: Landmark exhibit of early images from the Asia-Pacific
PROFILES
Preview: “Indian Highway”
New Moderns: Judith Neilson & Penny Clive
Personal History: Maria Kaldenhoven
ARTASIAPACIFIC HISTORY & TIMELINE
Working Drafts
First Footprint
Field Research
Redefinition
PHOTO ESSAYS
Collective: A Journey Toward A New India
A Personal Diary
Landscapes
ASIAN CONTEMPORARY ART LANDSCAPES
Ruminations on the Asia-Pacific Triennial
Contemporary Art at Asia Society
Asia Society in the 21st Century
Evolutionary Process
Some Images in the Guise of a Text
NEW CENTERS & PERIPHERIES
Cultural Checkpoint
Balancing Act
LETTERHEAD
Collectors
Foundations
Museums / Non-Profits
Galleries
Educators
INFLUENTIAL & EMERGING
Lo Koon Chiu & Simon Go
Lui Chun Kwong & Lee Kit
Buky Schwartz & Guy Ben-Ner
On Kawara & Takehito Koganezawa
FX Harsono & S. Teddy D.
Ray Yoshida & Muhanned Cader
Penba Wangdu & Tenzing Rigdol
ART CRITICISM
Love in the Time of Theory
Irrelevance that Matters
REVIEWS
Book Review: Building A Curriculum
Melbourne: Vivienne Shark LeWitt
Melbourne: “Octopus 8”
Tokyo: “Trace Elements”
Beijing: Li Zhanyang
Guangzhou: Wu Shanzhuan
Hong Kong: Shen Shaomin
Bangkok: Navin Rawanchaikul
Berlin: Min Wong
Roverto: Chen Zhen
London: Naoyuki Tsuji
New York: Nikhil Chopra
Los Angeles: Haegue Yang

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