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ISSUE 96

NOV/DEC 2015

Issue 96
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Editor's Letter

Close Encounters

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

Our cover Feature for the November/December issue of ArtAsiaPacific begins with a look at artistic life in China in the 1970s, specifically through the small landscape paintings of Li Shan.

Australia
Reports: Dispatch

Brisbane

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

The capital of Queensland, Australia’s second-largest state, Brisbane seems perennially on the cusp, always on the lookout for defining moments and keen to mint a progressive identity. 

Saudi Arabia The Netherlands
Profiles

How the Yellow Cow Found its Green Box
Aarnout Helb

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

I met Aarnout Helb in late January at 21,39, a weeklong program of contemporary art exhibitions, education and open studios in Jeddah intended to foster international interest in contemporary Saudi Arabian art. Among a colorful congregation of artists, collectors and gallerists was an intriguing figure who introduced himself as the founder and director of an Amsterdam museum dedicated to contemporary art from Saudi Arabia. 

Bangladesh
Features

Entangled Tensions
Bangladeshi Women Artists

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

We are undergoing a national identity crisis. Who are we? Are we South Asian, Bengali, Muslim?

—Nazia Andaleeb Preema

Bangladesh has undergone near constant political and cultural flux since its two independences: the first from Britain in 1947, after which it became East Pakistan, and then from Pakistan in 1971.

Japan Vietnam USA
Reviews

Memory for Tomorrow
Dinh Q. LĂȘ

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

Dinh Q. Lê, one of Vietnam’s best known artists and the subject of a retrospective at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, has over the last two decades created an insistent, moral critique of America’s version of the Vietnam War. 

Japan USA
Reviews

No Choice
Aki Sasamoto

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

Life is full of choices, and Japanese-born, New York-based artist Aki Sasamoto’s witty installations, ready-mades, performances and videos demonstrate the banality of such trivial yet ceaseless decision-making processes. 

UK Iran
Where I Work

Shirazeh Houshiary

Also available in:  Chinese  Arabic

During London’s morning rush hour, as commuters crowd train platforms and stream toward the city center, I head in precisely the opposite direction, traveling to the placid southwestern suburb of Barnes, home to Shirazeh Houshiary’s studio. 

USA
Fine Print

Art Law Self Help: Contracting without a Contract

Also available in:  Arabic

In the previous edition of “Fine Print,” we saw how a recent New York court case between gallerist Larry Gagosian and collector Ronald Perelman exposed the risks of entering into high-value art transactions without the protection of a comprehensive written contract. 

Print Content
REPORTS
Melati Suryodarmo on Boris Nieslony
News
Digital Museums
So Much Fun To Be Around
Beating the Odds
Fair Trade
New Beginnings
Sociological Structures
ESSAYS
The Long Shadow
A Place at the Table
PROFILES
Eugene Tan: Prime Mover
Del Kathryn Barton: Disco Darling
Tsherin Sherpa: Breaking Tradition
FEATURES
Dane Mitchell: Placebo Affectation
Nicholas Mangan: Radiant Times
Li Shan: The Nameless Painter
Hidden to be Found or Hidden to be Forgotten
REVIEWS
Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms: 14th Istanbul Biennial
Effort + Rush: Rosemary Laing
Drawing: Seung-Taek Lee
Not Yet!: Tu Wei
Without Going to New York and Paris, Life could be Internationalized: Chen Zhen
Suspension in Disbelief: Jose Luis Singson
A Legacy of Link: Lui Shou-Kwan 40 Years On
In a Cowboy Town . . . . .: Cheo Chai-Hiang
Constructs/Contructions
Nezaket Ekici
Jing Shen: The Act of Painting in Contemporary China
Ai Weiwei
Lee Bul
Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula
Chinese Posing
THE SKETCH
Au Hoi Lam

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