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ISSUE 73

MAY/JUNE 2011

Issue 73
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Editor’s Letter

Love the Future

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

The first half of 2011 has been nothing less than precarious. From the protests that have swept through the Arab world with varying degrees of optimism and progress to the devastating earthquakes that hit New Zealand and Japan, in the past four months the global status quo has been turned on its head.

USA
Essays : Case Study

The Un-Edenic State of Copyright

A court decision mows down a planted artwork and casts doubt over a long legacy of art incorporating natural elements.

Iraq
Essays : Close Read

A Protest Song
Adel Abidin

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A short video made when the occupation of Iraq had sunk into relentless carnage subverts the American cry for independence.

Indonesia
Profiles: Interview

Packing a Punch
Nyoman Masriadi

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As he holds his first exhibition in the United States, Nyoman Masriadi discusses the inspiration he draws from comic books, his satirical portrayals of the Indonesian art world and the recent growth of the scene in Yogyakarta.

Singapore
Features

Clouds of Density
Ho Tzu Nyen

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Ho Tzu Nyen is a careful and attentive student of neglected histories. In a rambling, expansive essay in Forum on Contemporary Art and Society from 2007, Ho traces the story of “how cats—big and small, wild and domesticated, imagined and real—have enigmatically been woven into the history of Singapore."

Taiwan
Reviews
Eslite Gallery

“Days of Our Lives”
Wong Hoy Cheong

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What comes after postcolonialism? The Guangzhou Triennial of 2008, “A Farewell to Post-Colonialism,” declared it was time to stop thinking about the movement purely in terms of military force, which underpinned the political struggle for sovereignty in the writings of its seminal thinkers, such as Edward Said and Frantz Fanon. It seems it is time to update the paradigm. 

Cambodia
Reviews
French Cultural Center

“The Shadow of the Heavy Skirt”
Leang Seckon

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The Shadow of the Heavy Skirt” presented new painting, sculpture and video by the leading Cambodian artist Leang Seckon.

USA India
Reviews
Frey Norris Gallery

“Neti, Neti”
Surendran Nair

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While often stylistically compared to Magritte, the renowned Indian painter Surendran Nair adamantly rejects the Surrealist label.

India
Projects

Where I Work
Mithu Sen

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An escalator ushers me into the silent, empty corridors of the upscale, high-rise apartment building where Mithu Sen shares an eighth-floor studio with her husband, artist Samit Das.

Print Content
REPORTS
Yan Pei-Ming on Gu Dexin
The New Lay of the Land
Unpredictable Marketplace
Capitalizing on Communism
Whispering Gallery
Venice On The Horizon
Roots that Run Deep
ESSAYS
The Economy of Ideas
Revolution of the Mind
PROFILES
Georgy Mamedov : Knowing Your Neighbors
Ken Unsworth: The Flight of Time
Tamara Kvesitadze: When Everything Is In Flux
FEATURES
Ayşe Erkmen : A Reasonable Beauty
Sung Hwan Kim : Cold Comfort
Hany Armanious: Plundering the Uncanny Valley
REVIEWS
Sharjah Biennial 10
Tadaaki Kuwayama : Tadaaki Kuwayama
Twelve Chinese Artists: Museum on Paper
The Rising Tide
Ayman Yossri Daydban : ayman Yossri Daydban
Shirana Shahbazi : Shirana Shahbazi
Why Revolutionary? Why Not Evolutionary?
Vernon Ah Kee : Vernon Ah Kee
THE LAST WORD
The Art of Facing up to Adversity
QUESTIONNAIRE
Michael Joo