SEP/OCT 2010

Issue 70
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Editor's Letter

Slow Art Movement?

Almost 60 years ago the São Paulo Art Biennial was founded to introduce contemporary art from North America and Western Europe to Brazil, with the aim of transforming the South American metropolis into an international art center.


Louis Vuitton’s Discriminating Support for Contemporary Art

Through recent collaborations with celebrated artists, the French luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton has sought to make its name synonymous with cutting-edge contemporary art. In 2007, Richard Prince’s Nurse paintings (2002–06), based on covers of pulp novels, inspired the outfits and attitude of a Vuitton runway collection.

UK India

Selling India By the Pound

Recent months have witnessed unprecedented enthusiasm for Indian art on the auction block. On June 9, a dedicated sale at Christie’s London realized twice its asking prices for 152 works by the celebrated Indian modern master FN Souza, while its June 10 South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale yielded an impressive GBP 2.4 million (including buyer’s premium) for Saurashtra (1983), a large acrylic-on-canvas by SH Raza.


Beijing Artist’s Dubious Arrest

Profound breaches of human rights continue to define the systematic, legally questionable mass evictions and demolitions that began in November 2009 in the art zones of Beijing’s northeastern Chaoyang district.

News: The Point

Shall We Shake on It?

A two-faced specter of fear and greed is haunting China’s art world: a government afraid to consecrate its modern heritage by including avant-garde art—critical of the system—in public collections; and mercenary dealers who value the RMB over art, knowledge and human relationships.

Japan France
Essays: Archive

A State of Perpetual Becoming

An exhibition of Japanese Art Brut in Paris contributes to the evolving discourse of art by the mentally ill.

Profiles: Interview

Two Years

Hongjohn Lin and Tirdad Zolghadr aim to make the Taipei Biennial more than a short-lived spectacle.

Japan USA

Out of the Darkness
Daido Moriyama

A photographer who captured the rawness of Japan’s social and political upheavals during the 1960s and 1970s turns his lens to the open expanse of a foreign landscape.

India Qatar

Faced with Promise and Protest
MF Husain

As one of the pioneers of modern Indian art turns 95 this year, he finds refuge and sponsorship abroad while right-wing critics denounce his paintings at home.

The Red House

My Illusory City – 1987, 1988, 2008
Mo Yi

When Mo Yi moved from the wide plains of Tibet to the industrial northeastern China port city of Tianjin in 1982, he was confronted with an urban condition so alienating that he decided to initiate an art practice dedicated to understanding his feelings toward it.

Pakistan UK United Arab Emirates

Fahd Burki

Consistently used throughout history, icons continue to dominate our visual landscape. With much wit and whimsy, Fahd Burki, a 28-year-old recent graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Art, explores the artistic potential of such powerful images in his first solo exhibition in Dubai.

India UK
Hauser & Wirth

Inevitable Undeniable Necessary
Bharti Kher

The tactile, craft-oriented sculpture of New Delhi-based Bharti Kher has had a significant impact on the global art world since the artist moved to India from England in 1993.

China USA
Arcadia University Art Gallery

Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE – 2010CE)
Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei maintains a classic love-hate relationship with clay: on-and-off, ecstatic and tortured. “Ceramics is kind of crazy,” he once claimed, but “if you hate something too much, you have to do it.


Where I Work
Amanda Heng

The doorway to Amanda Heng’s studio is half-hidden within a small jungle of potted rubber plants and Japanese bamboo.

Print Content
Questionnaire: Simon Fujiwara
My Eight: Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizans
That Familiar Feeling
Ideas on a Napkin: Anna Sew Hoy
Bangkok: Funding Fuss for Thai Film
Beijing: Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010)
Hong Kong: Asia Art Archive Turns Ten
Singapore: Video Ban in Singapore
Round Up: New Insights, New Concerns
Auction Report
Art Fair Report
Whispering Gallery
Perspective: Prophetic Pictures
Case Study: The Immortality IPO
Current Affairs: An Unexpected Oracle
Interview: Massimiliano Gioni
In Depth: Clara Kim
Frontlines: Gao Shiming
Personal History: Takashi Azumaya
Taiwanese Minimalism: The Fundamentals of Point, Line Area
Muratbek Djumaliev & Gulnara Kasmalieva: The Camera Rolls as the Terrain Shifts
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Agrarian Reincarnations of Cinema
Sydney: “Biennale of Sydney”
Hong Kong: Simon Birch
Singapore: FX Harsono
Bangkok: Pinaree Sanpitak
Mumbai: Avantika Bawa
Abu Dhabi: “Disorientation II”
New York: Almagul Menlibayeva
Chicago: Gao Lei
Book Review: Reporting From a Regional Scene

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