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For the first time in more than a decade in New York\, a gro up exhibition of Thai art offers a view onto the contemporary art scene of the dynamic Southeast Asian country. Curated by art historian Gregory Galli gan\, director of the Thai Art Archives in Bangkok\, Thresholds: Contemp orary Thai Art examines\, through six case studies\, how Thai artists a re dealing with pressing social\, political and artistic issues.

Thailand is frequently in the news for\, paradoxically\, its exceedingly accommodating tourist industry and its turbulent political factionalism\, both of which often occlude outsiders’ view of the nation’s sophisticated c ontemporary artistic culture. Over the last decade\, contemporary Thai arti sts have regularly participated in virtually all of the world’s major bienn ials\, triennials and art fairs\, yet few global observers have had the opp ortunity to directly engage with contemporary Thai artistic developments in any concentrated context—perhaps with the exception of the nation’s leadin g multi-platform artist Montien Boonma (1953–2000)\, multi-platform star of relational aesthetics Rirkrit Tiravanija and “slow” cinematographer Apicha tpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives\, 2 010).

Thresholds aims to address this void by presentin g recent key work by six established Thai artists: ANGKRIT AJCHARIYASOPHON— an accomplished mid-career practitioner of Thai non-objective abstraction\; NIM KRUASAENG—an emerging\, self-taught painter of sublime forms based on everyday objects and quotidian silhouettes of nature\; SAKARIN KRUE-ON—one of Thailand’s most globally accomplished artists working in multi-platform formats\, not long ago celebrated at Documenta XII (2007) for his criticall y acclaimed Terraced Rice Fields Project\; KAMIN LERTCHAIPRASERT\, c o-founder with Rirkrit Tiravanija of the artists’ collective The Land (f. 1998)\, and a practitioner of Buddhist-inflected drawing\, painting\, sculpture\, and participatory site-specific projects\; NIPAN ORANNIWESNA—a widely celebrated\, if primarily Asia-based multi-platform conceptualist\, whose work engages issues of political strife\, cultural censorship and so cial “mapping”\; and PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT—Thailand’s premiere female maste r of traditional Thai mural painting turned to contemporary dialogues.

Thresholds offers a multi-faceted look at contemporary Thai art\, throwing into relief its aesthetic and conceptual complexities\, its ever-topical underpinnings and its vital presence in the global contempora ry art scene since the early 1990s. At the same time\, this show suggests t hat contemporary Thai artists are now approaching a newly turbulent junctur e in their nation’s long and frequently conflicted evolution.

CURATOR PROFILE
Gregory Galligan\, PhD is the director and founder of the Thai Art Archives in Bangkok. He is a widely published independent cur ator and art historian\, formerly based in New York (1985–2009)\, where he wrote for numerous publications\, including ArtAsiaPacific\, Art in Amer ica\, The Art Bulletin\, and Arts Magazine. He is currently writ ing a book on the alternative art movements of Thailand since the mid 1980s .

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