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20130824131100-3g7a9671 An Act of Critique   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Felice Beato, Wong Hoy Cheong, Cao Chongen, Art Workers Coalition, Xiamen Dada, Tang Dawu, Magicien de la Terre, Khaled Hourani, Duan Jianyu, Chitti Kasemkitvatana, Gulf Labor, Black December Movement, New Art Movement, Ho Tzu Nyen, Pratchaya Phinthong, Redza Piyadasa, VANDY Rattana, Judy Freya Sibayan, Mladen Stilinovic, Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan, Lee Wen, Wang Xingwei, Huang Yongping, Yu Youhan at Times Museum June 29th, 2013 - August 11th, 2013
Posted 8/24/13

As the various flavours of institutional critique have now become “institutionalised” as part of the practice of contemporary artists, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back curated by Biljana Ciric at the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou aims to reassess the origins, methodologies and effects of this practice. It can be said that One Step Forward… builds on the work of the curatorial team within the Times Museum (and those of its invited curators) since its formal opening in 2009. Th... [more]

20130727145505-0 Painting Lessons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shen Ruijun, Ma Shengzhe, ZHOU Siwei, Pang Xuan, Ding Yi, Li Yiwen, Hou Yong, Wang Yuyang, Jiang Zhi at Gallery Yang June 8th, 2013 - July 7th, 2013
Posted 7/27/13

For the past two years Gallery Yang has hosted a series of exhibitions curated by Bao Dong, which he has titled Painting Lessons. In these Bao Dong has presented certain discrete aspects of the nature of current art production in China. In terms of format, the title places the emphasis on painting, but the results in the gallery spaces expand on this to include sculpture and installation. The “lessons” that the curator proposes in this series aim to “go back to specific issues... [more]

20130630114343-little-fat-flesh-each-side-of-the-perimeter-is-a-mudule-2013-04 Let no one untrained in geometry enter.   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wu Shanzhuan, Inga Svala Thorsdottir at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal May 21st, 2013 - July 21st, 2013
Posted 6/30/13

How far do we pursue the artists’ conceptions in their work, following the lead they provide, making an assumption that the work wishes to communicate with its audience? If the work proves too difficult to relate to, or reticent in its engagement with the audience, where do we draw the line past which we are unwilling to go in our investigation of the work? At OCAT in Shenzhen, Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thórsdóttir present two rooms holding large-scale, but simple in form, installations. Thes... [more]

Special Edition: Art Basel Hong Kong   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/28/13

IMMATERIAL ART BASEL Talks, panels, and performances in Hong Kong, by Robin Peckham The art fair in Hong Kong, now falling under the Art Basel umbrella, has succeeded for a number of reasons, perhaps chief among them the transparent market infrastructure of the city and the reputation for pragmatic mercantilism it has accumulated as a British entrepot. But as much as the rule of law has encouraged an internationally viable market structure, it has also made Hong Kong a rare hub for scholarship, particularly o... [more]

20130522000744-20130521224046-1368021156_3773_6_o Immaterial Art Basel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 23rd, 2013 - May 26th, 2013
Posted 5/21/13

The art fair in Hong Kong, now falling under the Art Basel umbrella, has succeeded for a number of reasons, perhaps chief among them the transparent market infrastructure of the city and the reputation for pragmatic mercantilism it has accumulated as a British entrepot. But as much as the rule of law has encouraged an internationally viable market structure, it has also made Hong Kong a rare hub for scholarship, particularly of the Anglophone variety, for much of Asia. Long before the launch of ArtHK a... [more]

20130427203932-liner_wang-yy_installation-view-01_72 Rupture of Form and Meaning   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wang Yuyang at Tang Contemporary Art Beijing March 23rd, 2013 - April 30th, 2013
Posted 4/27/13

Wang Yuyang’s set of disparate sculptural constructions that make up “Liner,” at Tang Contemporary, betray their design by computer in their fantastically ornate, mathematical shapes, spurs and swoops of material. They seem to express an aesthetic typically seen in the virtual shapes produced by CAD software. In the gallery they become slightly unreal or impractical forms: large cubes of marble are juxtaposed with jointed lengths of the same material, inserted with lengths of gleaming aluminium sheets;... [more]

20130408142750-aslouise_bourgeois__crouching_spider__2003___photo_by_jonathan_leijonhufvud____louise_bourgeois_trust___licensed_by_vaga__ny_c849 Ode by a star-struck aficionada   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Louise Bourgeois at Faurschou Foundation (Beijing) October 27th, 2012 - March 24th, 2013
Posted 4/8/13

Wandering through the colorfully gay labyrinths of 798 – by far, the foremost art district in Beijing – on a chilly January afternoon, I stumble onto a grey building, quite out of sync with its neighboring galleries and museums that shine in colourful resplendence. This, however, is it – my pilgrim spot – the Faurschou Foundation, Beijing. Inside its grim and non-glamorous exterior, it is housing an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s works – for the first time in China, curated by the artist’s lo... [more]

20130301173331-18 Whose Autonomy?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rigo 23, Guy Ben-Ner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Cao Fei, Claire Fontaine, Zheng Guogu, Yang Jiechang, Kimsooja, Tiago Mata Machato, Cinthia Marcelle, Xijing Men, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Ho Tzu Nyen, Sriwhana Spong, Nasan Tur, Richard T. Walker, Lin Yilin at Times Museum January 20th, 2013 - March 17th, 2013
Posted 3/1/13

As one of the more visible providers of a critique of the centre/periphery model of cultural development in the early 2000’s, a new exhibition by curator Hou Hanru is highly anticipated. ZiZhiQu: Autonomous Regions at the Times Museum in Guangzhou can perhaps be seen to develop this model as it applies to the cultural self-formation of individuals and groups, placing that development in contrast to a globalised institutionalisation of culture. Autonomy, then, moves across all scales in its realisat... [more]

20130209173608-20130117111922_5312 Slippage of Meaning to Meaning   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Guan Xiao at Magician Space January 12th, 2013 - March 24th, 2013
Posted 2/9/13

Five monumental structures are distributed around the gallery space, coated in slicks of pigment. These multi-coloured, yet muted, painted surfaces have taken on the turbulent patterns of weather systems, or of ink in water. Despite their geometric shapes, the surfaces have a plastic quality, giving an organic effect to the objects. On the floor on one side of each of these monuments stands a tripod, supporting a vertical, tubular arrangement of hard-edged gold or silver tubes, but with additions of... [more]

20130121070824-2 Moving and Still   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yang Fudong at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) - Shanghai September 30th, 2012 - January 3rd, 2013
Posted 1/21/13

Yang Fudong’s solo show in Shanghai shifts the balance of his work away from the video installations onto his photographs, in the process proving the intimate connections but also the disparities between his moving and still images. The collection of prints that form the bulk of this exhibition include still shots from Yang Fudong’s films as well as his stand-alone photographs from across his whole career. Yang’s photographic work has always been a counterpart to his films, in that it also conce... [more]

20130107205735-20120123054557-354 2012 in Review: Art in China in the Year of the Dragon   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/7/13

Perusing the last year’s contributions to ArtSlant China some clear themes come across, and provide us with a snapshot of the art scenes in Beijing, Hong Kong, and elsewhere in China. We see the prevalence of artist communities, collectives and relational art; the rise of performance work; blockbuster sculpture and installation exhibitions; and changing patterns in curatorial strategies. Here’s a look back at some of the most thought-provoking reviews from ArtSlant writers Edward Sanderson and Robi... [more]

20121224120038-workshop_01 Strength in Numbers?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art November 20th, 2012 - December 30th, 2012
Posted 12/24/12

SEE/SAW is billed as the prelude to the show ON/OFF, which will open at UCCA in January 2013. ON/OFF promises to be a rather exciting group show of young Chinese artists over the whole of UCCA’s spaces. SEE/SAW though occupies just a small part of this institution’s gallery spaces, to address the recent phenomenon of artist groups in China. While groupings of artists have always existed, not least in China, this way of working has become a very visible feature of artists’ practice here over the p... [more]

20121209143712-___group_photo_collage A Meeting of Meetings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Elaine W. Ho, Rania Ho at Arrow Factory November 8th, 2012 - December 31st, 2012
Posted 12/9/12

The Meeting Room is a project hosted within Beijing’s Arrow Factory space, and organised by artists Rania Ho, one of the founders of that space, and Elaine W. Ho (no relation), founder of the HomeShop, a small creative community sited a few streets away. With this new project, the concerns of the two artists previously expressed through their work on their particular institutions, have come together to form a very interesting and socially productive use of the space – converting it into bookabl... [more]

20121115215543-yung-ho-chang_photogallery_06 [VIDEO] Yung Ho Chang at UCCA and Che Guevara at Three Shadows, Beijing   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yung Ho Chang at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art September 30th, 2012 - December 2nd, 2012
Posted 11/15/12

In Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) presents ‘Yung Ho Chang + FCJZ: Material-ism’, the first retrospective of the pioneer of contemporary Chinese architecture. UCCA shows over 6 installations, 40 models and 270 drawings charting the cross-disciplinary work of Yung Ho Chang and his practice Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ). Chang and FCJZ transform the UCCA Great Hall into six courtyard-like modules inspired by the ‘hutong’, the traditional Chinese neighbourhood network of narrow alleys... [more]

20121029203651-800 The Strangeness of Ritual   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Fang Lu at Arrow Factory September 8th, 2012 - October 24th, 2012
Posted 10/29/12

Peeking through the glazed and systematically inaccessible storefront of the Arrow Factory space (inaccessibility being a usual feature of this small non-profit space’s presentations), a scene reminiscent of a storage space or garage is visible. In amongst the detritus that litters the space—the construction tools, ladders, paint tins, sheets of wood, and bags of unidentifiable materials—a series of television monitors sit on chairs or boxes, and make up the deliberately make-shift presentation of artis... [more]

20121001103248-1 Be Floored   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wang Wei at Magician Space September 13th, 2012 - October 31st, 2012
Posted 10/1/12

The two pieces by artist Wang Wei currently on show at Magician Space address two aspects of constructed space—the wall and the floor—in one succinct installation. As the title makes clear, the pieces are literally a wall and a floor, but their structure, placement, and relationship to each other, as well as their existence within the gallery space, mark them out as out of place. This suggests, and is backed up by the text for the exhibition, that these pieces are from other places, reproduced here by... [more]


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