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ISSUE 80

SEPT/OCT 2012

Issue 80
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Editor’s Letter

Around the World in 60 Days

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As most of the art world in the northern hemisphere returns from their summer holidays, a new season unfolds with a calendar brimming with 12 large-scale festival exhibitions. 

Taiwan
Reports: Dispatch

Taipei

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A scandal recently left Taiwan’s top museum for modern and contemporary art, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), without a director for  12 months. 

China USA
Reports: The Point

A Third Way

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As the art infrastructure in Asia continues to grow, many art-world professionals are transitioning between the commercial and nonprofit sectors. 

Essays: Perspective

Biennials and Infrastructural Shift—Part II

Since 2000, the biennial has been widely seen as undergoing a crisis of overproduction, of having become stale in form (theme A, with subthemes a, b, c and d; x number of artists, y number of works each, in z amount of space) and, as a result, in danger of being absorbed back into the traditional museum.

Korea, South
Essays

Looking Back to Look Forward

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If the prospect of an academic conference on Korean contemporary art in London, held from June 29 to July 1, courtesy of the Suum Global Curatorial Project Office and the Courtauld Institute of Art, seemed a little unlikely (and the bland choice of title somewhat misleading), the result proved enjoyable and productive, revealing the strength and depth of current research while highlighting fresh areas for debate.

Lebanon Kuwait France
Profiles: Interview

Desert Beat
Tarek Atoui

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On the May morning after the debut of sound artist Tarek Atoui’s newly commissioned piece Unplified (2012) at the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait City, Atoui, who had only a few hours of sleep the night before, was surprisingly energetic.

USA Korea, South
Features

Devolution
Michael Joo

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In the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, within walking distance of New York City’s only Ikea, there is an area of nondescript buildings near a stretch of low-income housing projects.

Germany
Reviews

Documenta 13

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With the realization of Documenta 13, the practice of directing large-scale exhibitions—what is commonly called “curating,” though this word is far too modest for an event of this size and scope, five years in the making—achieved a decisively baroque apogee. 

Hong Kong China
Reviews
the Hong Kong Museum of Art

The Art of Feng Zikai
Feng Zikai

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With “Imperishable Affection: The Art of Feng Zikai,” the Hong Kong Museum of Art quietly pulled off something of a coup in assembling a comprehensive selection of work by Feng Zikai (1898–1975), the artist recognized in his lifetime as the “father of Chinese cartoons.”

Cambodia
Reviews
the Institut Français of Cambodia & Sa Sa Bassac gallery

Mon Boulet & The Traffic Circle
Svay Sareth

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Earlier this year, Apple Inc. agreed to pay Proview Technology Shenzhen—a China-based subsidiary of Taiwan’s Proview Electronics—USD 60 million to avoid a protracted legal dispute over the iPad trademark in China. 

China
Projects

Where I Work: Qiu Anxiong

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Zhongshan Park is a typical new Chinese residential area a few kilometers west of central Shanghai. There are several high-rise apartment blocks clustered around water features, mature trees and safe play areas for children.

In-Print Only Content
REPORTS
Tenzing Rigdol: Tenzing Rigdol on Nortse
Off With Their Heads
Safe Havens?
The Last Stand
Biennale Fever
Close Encounters
Powers of Observation
ESSAYS
What Isn’t Mono-ha?
Objectification
PROFILES
Aakash Nihalani: Spatial Deviant
Neama A. Alsudairy: Putting Riyadh on the Art Map
Shi Qing: Forest for the Trees
FEATURES
Haroon Mirza: A Heightened Degree of Control
Lee Mingwei: Threads of connection
Esra Ersen: Empathy Machine
REVIEWS
Graham Fletcher
The Other’s Other
Arab Express
Hung Tung-Lu: What Do We See?
Boy: A Contemporary Portrait
Accidental Message: Art is Not a System, Not a World
CUT 2012: New Photography from Southeast Asia—Politics
Arsenale 2012– Kyiv Biennale
Entang Wiharso
Nikhil Chopra
Danh Vo: VÔ Danh
Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage
Contemporary Awakens the Past
BOOK REVIEW
Getting a Bird’s-eye View
QUESTIONNAIRE
Jompet Kuswidananto