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ISSUE 63

MAY/JUN 2009

Issue 63
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Editor's Letter

In and out of this world

Although seven months into the global economic crisis, artists, curators and their followers from over 77 nations are about to leave some of their troubles behind and fly to Venice to surround themselves with the world’s latest art.

USA Japan
News

Yoshitomo Nara Arrested For Graffiti In New York Subway

The Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara was arrested on February 27 for drawing graffiti in a New York City subway station.

Australia
News

Art Fraud Case Grips Autralia

Ronald Coles, one of Australia’s leading art dealers, is at the center of a police investigation involving the loss of millions of dollars worth of artworks and financial investments.

Malaysia
News

Ibrahim Hussein (1936–2009)

Ibrahim Hussein, who rose from poverty in a rural Malaysian village to become one of his country’s best-known artists, died in Langkawi, Malaysia, on February 19 at the age of 72 as a result of a heart attack.

Essays: Case Study

Undocumented
Tino Sehgal

Two figures embracing on the gallery floor—what legal rights does an artist have to a piece that has no permanent, physical form?

India
Profiles: Interview

Her Cassandra Complex
Nalini Malani

She foresaw violence and destruction; she represents the feminine voice that society ignored. Painter-turned-filmmaker, Nalini Malani bridges ancient and modern worlds with the tale of a Trojan seer.

Singapore Thailand
Features

Cinema Paradiso
Singapore & Thailand Pavilions

At the Venice Biennale, Singapore and Thailand parody their national identities by reappropriating movie heritage and the promise of paradise.

Hong Kong
Features

The Art of Covert Intervention
Pak Sheung Chuen

Pre-cut fruit, newspaper supplements and defaced library books—tracing a sequence of unconventional performances staged from Hong Kong to New York.

Thailand
Reviews
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Traces of Siamese Smile

The Thai language has distinct expressions for at least 14 different forms of smiling.

Japan
Reviews
Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

Su-Mei Tse

Luxembourg-born Su-Mei Tse rose to international prominence at the age of 30 when she won the Golden Lion prize for her country’s pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale.

UK Palestine
Reviews
Le Violon Bleu

Aperture 27,000

Four photographers represented personal and historical perspectives on the Palestinian experience in “Aperture 27,000” at London’s Le Violon Bleu gallery.

USA Turkey
Reviews
Slag Gallery

Dear Sir or Madam
Serkan Özkaya

A laugh erupted from a visitor at the opening of Istanbul-based conceptual artist Serkan Özkaya’s first solo exhibition in New York at Slag Gallery.

UK India Pakistan
Projects

Where I Work
Shezad Dawood

On the eve of the Tate Triennial, Shezad Dawood is reading the free tabloid thelondonpaper in his studio in London’s bohemian East End.

Print Content
PROJECTS
Questionnaire: Anju Dodiya
My Eight: Samit Das
Keyword: International
The Last Word: Preemptive Repatriation
Proposal X: Reza Aramesh
NEWS
Bangkok: Italy Knights Thai Curator
New Delhi: SAHMAT’s First Two Decades
Beijing: Sichuan Earthquake Anniversary
Round Up: Disappearing Act
The Point: The Dollar Dilemma in Vietnam
Auction Report: Moments of Defiance
Art Fair Report: Old World Exodus
Whispering Gallery
ESSAYS
Archive: The Japan Pavilion
Current Affairs: Elections in Bangladesh
Perspective: Rirkrit Tiravanija
PROFILES
In Depth: Qiu Anxiong
Preview: “Your Bright Future”
On Location: Karachi
FEATURES
Preview of the 53rd Venice Biennale
Haegue Yang: A Strange Kind of Optimism
Vernon Ah Kee: everydayiachievesomething
Gonkar Gyatso: Contours of Identity
REVIEWS
Melbourne: A Constructed World
Beijing: “Shooting”
Beijing & Shenzhen: Zhang Peili
Mumbai: Kanishka Raja
Milan: “Southeast B(l)ooming”
New York: Keren Cytter
Chicago: Von Kommanivanh
Fort Worth: Ranjani Shettar
Book Review: New Titles on West Asia