MAY/JUN 2010

Issue 68
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Editor's Letter

Let 100 Flowers Boom!

In the lead-up to major cultural events including the Shanghai Expo and the Biennale of Sydney, ArtAsiaPacific adopts an optimistic view of the future in our May/June issue.


Shanghai Expo, Cai Guo-Qiang and the Chinese Dreamship

For the inaugural exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai in May, Cai Guo-Qiang, the prize-winning Chinese artist best known for pyrotechnic displays on paper and in the air, will fill the six floors of the museum with an exhibition entitled “Peasant Da Vincis, consisting of submarines, flying machines and robots made by Chinese farmers and collected by Cai over the past decade.


Leyla Akhundzadeh (1953–2010)

The contemporary art scene in Azerbaijan is mourning the loss of Leyla Akhundzadeh, the academic, curator, artist and cultural ministry advisor who tragically died, aged 56, following injuries sustained from a road accident on February 10.


Police Censor Bangladesh Photo Gallery

On March 22, police shut down Drik Picture Library, a leading photography gallery in Dhaka, for refusing to cancel an exhibition highlighting alleged extrajudicial killings connected to the Bangladeshi police. Moments before the scheduled opening, local police raided Drik, claiming that it had failed to obtain an appropriate permit for the exhibition.

Singapore Italy
Essays: Close Read

Making Career Movies

Reflecting on his recent success in Venice, Singaporean artist Ming Wong seeks creative guidance through two fictional personalities.

Profiles: Interview

When Monuments Become Myth
Erbossyn Meldibekov

At once psychologically charged and amusing, Erbossyn Meldibekov’s work upends the legends and histories of Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Iran USA
Profiles: In Depth

Less Than Zero
Farhad Moshiri

With imagery of antique ceramics and kitsch cake frosting, Farhad Moshiri makes ironic jabs at convention and materialism.

Iraq USA Germany

Truth Bends & Decays As It Travels
Omer Fast

The instability of narrative and memory, and a sense of constructed realities undercutting themselves, are constants in the Berlin-based Israeli artist’s video work.

Main Trend Gallery

Chen Chieh-Jien

At 50 years old, Chen Chieh-jen is one of Taiwan’s leading artists, having in recent years exhibited in the Liverpool and Sydney biennials (both 2006), the Guangzhou Triennial (2008) and the Asia-Pacific Triennial (2009) in Brisbane, Australia.

Germany Vietnam
Kunsthalle Basel

Where the Lions Are
Danh Vo

In a 1995 interview the Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres discussed his spy-like approach to art-making, in which he infiltrates art’s rarefied spaces with visually pleasing but seemingly unremarkable objects that surreptitiously reference autobiographical elements and contemporary politics.

India USA
Talwar Gallery

A. Balasubramaniam

Bengaluru-based artist A. Balasubramaniam’s sculptures and installations are best known for the ways in which the use of different materials, compositions and lighting can undermine the sculptures’ defined form, illuminating their physical presence and confounding the audience with visual tricks.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Anish Kapoor

Over three decades, Anish Kapoor has earned global renown for a compelling body of sculptural work structured around empty spaces.

Germany Korea, South UK

Where I Work
Chosil Kil

When Chosil Kil opened the door of her studio and home, on a quiet street of terraced houses in the North London neighborhood of Highbury, she was not wearing glasses.

Print Content
Wish You Were Here: Massimiliano Gioni
Questionnaire: Shane Cotton

My Eight: Raqib Shaw
The Last Word: Living the Dream
Ideas on a Napkin: Cary Kwok
Ayutthaya: Chatchai Puipia Sculpture Controversy
Tehran: Bahman Jalali (1944–2010)
Adelaide: Director Quits Over Funding Imbalance
Beijing: Disputed Evictions Continue
Round Up: Winners and Losers
The Point: Righteous Indignation
Auction Report
Art Fair Report
Whispering Gallery
Case Study: Eduardo Kac
Current Affairs: Soo-in Yang and David Benjamin
Archives: Sesshu’s Long Scroll
Interview: Wang Qingsong
In Depth: Raya Martin
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Fractured & Dissolved into Brilliance
Brook Andrew: Archives of the Invisible

Biennale of Sydney: The Trials of a Long-Distance Relationship

Sun Yuan & Peng Yu: The Confinement of Freedom
New York: “Hanging Fire”
Darwin: “Personal Space”

Shanghai: “History in the Making”

Baku: “Baku Biennale”

Tel Aviv: “ArtTLV”
Book Review: New Interview Compendiums

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