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ArtAsiaPacific Almanac 2015

For over 20 years, ArtAsiaPacific has been at the forefront of the powerful creative forces that shape contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Covering the latest in contemporary visual culture, ArtAsiaPacific is published in Hong Kong, with over 30 editorial desks worldwide. Our annual issue, the Almanac, is an alphabetical tour d'horizon of the 67-odd countries covered in ArtAsiaPacific, spanning Afghanistan to Vietnam. The Almanac also invites influential art world figures to comment on the major cutural events that have shaped the past 12 months. Now also available on the iPhone!

Hong Kong SAR China
ArtAsiaPacific Holdings Ltd
5 期号



SHAWON AKAND is an artist, researcher and curator based in Dhaka. He is co-founder of Crack International Art Camp in Kushtia, and his publications include An Outline of Bangladesh Folk Art and Tendency of Modern Art in Bangladesh. ARIE AMAYA-AKKERMANS is an independent writer and critic currently based in Beirut. His research deals primarily with contemporary art histories in the Middle East and political memory. MIRNA BAMIEH is an artist from Jerusalem currently based in Beirut. Her research interests address notions of liminal spaces through deconstructing the landscape of politics. NOELLE BODICK has written for Artinfo.com, Art+Auction and Artspace magazine. She previously worked as an assistant editor for AAP in Hong Kong, and now lives in New York. XHINGYU CHEN is a Shanghai-based author, independent art critic and contemporary art specialist. Formerly the art…

growing with the times

Although a decade has past since we published the first edition of the ArtAsiaPacific Almanac, the work continues to present new challenges and new pleasures. Ten years ago we were an editorial team of five, assembling something out of nothing, based on phone and email conversations with people in the art world in the 67 countries that comprise our editorial remit. We gave ourselves four months to complete the task of tracing a year of developments in contemporary art across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Each of those days in front of the computer and on the phone bled into the next. But during the last few months of 2005, the excitement, or sometimes shock, of sharing what we learned—the Qatari royal family’s quiet accumulation of art for…

whose time was it?

29,771 days: the span of On Kawara’s life, which began on December 24, 1932, and ended on June 28, 2014. The number is listed on his biography in place of the customary years of his birth and death. Nearly 30,000 mornings: a lifetime measured in days doesn’t immediately resonate with us—was that a long time? It does, however, make us think of each individual unit, each waking. The abstraction of time was characteristic of Kawara, who over the course of his artistic career was best known for his “date paintings” from the “Today” series (1966–2014), expressionless hand-painted text on a monochrome background, completed in a single day. He never gave interviews and rarely attended openings; yet he mailed postcards stamped with the time he awoke and sent telegrams to friends…

solidarity & scandal

Around the world, artists are taking stands against injustice—and sometimes are the subject of it. Labor conditions at the international museum complex on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, continue to come under scrutiny. On February 22, in New York, 40 protesters from the GULF (Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction) group took over the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda, chanting and displaying posters criticizing alleged human-rights violations at the site where the Guggenheim is constructing an outpost (slated to open in 2017). At follow-up demonstrations in early November, GULF members unfurled a 12-meter-tall banner and protested outside a patron’s gala. In concert, Gulf Labor ran a yearlong campaign, “52 Weeks,” commissioning artists and activists to produce weekly texts, posters or actions that highlighted the group’s ongoing concerns for workers. Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on…


Art professionals are on the up-and-up. In the United States, veteran director of New York’s Asia Society Museum Melissa Chiu became the new head of the prestigious—but recently troubled—Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, dc: April brought news that former Christie’s chairman Edward Dolman would step down from his nearly three-year run as executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority to become auction house Phillips’s new CEO. Art historian Sona Datta bade farewell to the British Museum, joining the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, as curator of Indian and South Asian art. In California, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum named Pedro Moura Carvalho as deputy director for art and programs and Tianlong Jiao as curator of Chinese art. Elsewhere in the Golden State, Christina Yu Yu became the new director of…

fondly remembered

Yu Peng ARTIST Fifty-nine-year-old Taiwanese artist Yu Peng passed away in October. A significant figure of his generation, Yu challenged the traditional structures of Chinese ink paintings. Notably, he created a series of sketches of local towns inspired by his travels during his national service. In the 1990s, Yu painted his most esteemed “Landscape of Desire” series, featuring disorderly, powerful visions that reflect his subjective contemplation. Chu Teh-Chun ARTIST Renowned abstract painter Chu Teh-Chun died in Paris at age 93. He was the last of the so-called “three musketeers” of expatriate Chinese artists, along with Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010) and Zao Wou-ki (1921–2013), who won acclaim for blending traditional Chinese painting with Western abstraction. A resident of France since 1955, Chu became the first Chinese member of the Académie des Beaux Arts in 1997. Robert H. Ellsworth COLLECTOR Leading…