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ISSUE 69

JUL/AUG 2010

Issue 69
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Online Content
Editor's Letter

Objects in The Mirror are Closer Than They Appear

With the advent of Google, Wikipedia, reality television and the global embrace of an easy-share, watered-down aesthetic in everything from architecture to graphic design, so-called innovations that attempt to connect the world and make it seem smaller also raise the question of what constitutes “collective memory.”

Australia
News

Bill Henson and the Saga of Australian Pornography Laws

The May 5 opening of Australian photographer Bill Henson’s latest exhibition at the Roslyn Oxley9 gallery in Sydney’s chic Paddington suburb proved to be a gently congratulatory affair.

Israel UK
News

Yael Bartana Wins Artes Mundi

Israeli film and video artist Yael Bartana, renowned for her culturally incisive video works that examine the geopolitics of her native Israel, won the highly coveted GBP 40,000 (USD 59,000) Artes Mundi Prize at the National Museum Cardiff in Wales on May 19.

Japan USA
News

Shusaku Arakawa (1936–2010)

Japanese conceptual artist, architect and poet Shusaku Arakawa, who with his wife, American artist Madeline Gins, was renowned for exploring architecture’s influence on human health, died in Manhattan on May 18 after a short stay in hospital. Gins declined to release the cause of death.

United Arab Emirates
Essays: Current Affairs

An Epidemic of Archive Fever

Two months of public discussions in the Asian art world reveal a percolating collective interest in “the archive” as a creative and cultural tool.

India
Profiles: Personal History

Wondrous Capers
Sarnath Banerjee

One of India’s most prominent graphic novelists refines his visual style as he delves into the narratives of his homeland.

Japan
Profiles: On Location

Museums of the Inland Sea

A two-decade project to revive a local economy with contemporary art culminates in an international festival.

Iran USA
Features

Return to Exile
Siah Armajani

From wooden reading rooms to cold, glassy installations, an artist adapts the vernacular architecture of rural America to reflect on communal space and political alienation.

USA Japan
Reviews
Galerie Quynh

North South East West
Bruce Yonemoto

Bruce Yonemoto’s “North South East West” aimed to explore and expand on the histories we learn from books and our elders. Just four works spread over two gallery floors conveyed the complex set of familial relationships, international exchanges and national identities that guided the exhibition’s revelation of hidden histories.

Turkey
Reviews
Outlet / Independent Art Space

“A Room of One’s Own”

“A Room of One’s Own,” an all-female exhibition of five young Turkish artists and an artists’ collective, was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s 1929 argument that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

Japan France
Reviews
Galerie Almine Rech

Beyond Gutai 1955–2009
Tsuruko Yamazaki

Between 1954 and 1972, the Japanese avant-garde art movement Gutai (meaning “concrete” or “embodiment”) challenged traditional artistic media through spectacularly orchestrated exhibitions.

China USA
Reviews
Museum of Modern Art

Collective Subconscious
Yin Xiuzhen

Yin Xiuzhen creates sculptures from the detritus of urban living to relate personal narratives with larger commentaries on the march of Chinese civilization and its excesses.

Australia
Projects

Where I Work
Sally Smart

Print Content
PROJECTS
Wish You Were Here: Noor Effendy Ibrahim
Questionnaire: Eugene Carchesio

My Eight: Rina Banerjee
The Last Word: Vertical Ambitions
Ideas on a Napkin: Akira Yamaguchi
NEWS
Paris: Avigdor Arikha (1929–2010)
Manchester: Iraqi Artists Denied Entry to UK
Istanbul: Gallery Scene Sees Notable Growth
Amsterdam: Walasse Ting (1929–2010)
Sydney: Museum Secures Long-Awaited Funds
Taipei: Ambitious Nonprofit Space Opens in Taiwan
Round Up: Connecting with New Audiences
Opinion: Dirty Dealings
Auction Report
Art Fair Report
Whispering Gallery
ESSAYS
Archives: Jeffrey Vallance
Close Read: Chris Chong Chan Fui
Perspective: New Zealand Graffiti Scene
PROFILES
Interview: Fang Lijun
In Depth: Shahzia Sikander
Interview: Tran Luong
FEATURES
Lee Seung-taek: Harnessing the Elements
Richard Bell: Mockery Gives Way to Magic
Sigalit Landau: Sugar-Rich Cannibalism
Qiu Zhijie: In the Shadows of History
REVIEWS
London: “Where Three Dreams Cross”
Tokyo: Susumu Koshimizu

Sydney: Fiona Tan

Melbourne: Lida Abdul

Milan: Shin Il Kim

New York: “The Promise of Loss”
Pasadena “Beyond the Page”
Los Angeles “Brinkmanship”
Book Review: New Titles on South Asian Visual Culture

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