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ArtAsiaPacific Mar/Apr 2016

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!

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by any other name

For decades, art critics have been preaching about the death of painting. But if you head to any of the art world’s big March events, such as Art Basel in Hong Kong, Mathaf’s presentation from its permanent collection of modern Arab art or The Met Breuer’s inaugural exhibition of Nasreen Mohamedi in New York, painting is clearly alive and kicking. Instead of declaring whether painting is in or out, the March/April issue of ArtAsiaPacific takes a close look at artists with backgrounds in painting who cut loose and created their own methodologies that straddle multiple disciplines, thereby challenging categorization, including painting itself. This issue’s cover Feature spotlights the labor-intensive work of Hong Kong artist Au Hoi Lam. The former philosophy graduate student is known for her subdued, pastel-hued paintings that often…


RICHARD BELL Richard Bell is an Australian artist based in Brisbane. Through paintings, installations and videos tinged with satirical humor, he addresses the representation of Aboriginal art and artists within the contemporary art world. Bell is a member of the Aboriginal Kooma, Jiman, Kamilaroi and Gurang Gurang communities. His work is currently on view at the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane and will also be at the 20th Biennale of Sydney. (See ONE ON ONE) SALLY BRAND Sally Brand is a curator at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra. Between 2009 and 2015 she lived in Beijing and worked for Conceptio Art, where she managed international projects with contemporary artists including Tony Albert, Gonkar Gyatso and Lena Liv. (See REVIEWS) NAZLI GÜRLEK Nazlı Gürlek is an independent…

one on one: richard bell on gordon hookey

Gordon Hookey makes kick-arse art. The first time Gordy and I met was at an art show at Queensland Aboriginal Creations in the late 1980s—before he went to art college. He was working for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service as a ranger. I remember him because there weren’t many blackfella park rangers around at that time, and we’ve been friends ever since. Years later in 2004, Gordy was the first artist invited to join proppaNOW, the Brisbane-based Aboriginal art collective, with Jennifer Herd, Vernon Ah Kee and myself. It would be remiss of me to write something about Gordon Hookey without telling a couple of yarns. Less than two months out from a big solo show, he called our mutual dealer Josh Milani to change the entire theme of his show.…

dispatch: shanghai

The city of Shanghai—a center for economic activity, technological innovation, finance, conventions and logistics—boasts China’s highest GDP and a population exceeding 25 million. The metropolis is also a hub of art and culture, having played host to the 2010 World Expo, and regularly holds major international events such as the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and the Shanghai Biennale. The development of its arts industry has been a natural progression, given Shanghai’s esteemed position in China’s cultural history since the early 1900s: the country’s first art academy, art magazine and national art exhibition were all established in this very city. The upsurge in museums and art fairs in Shanghai has been a much-discussed cultural phenomenon in recent years—even attracting worldwide attention. New institutions of art and visual…

reduced sentence

Since January 1, 2014, Ashraf Fayadh has been imprisoned by the religious police (mutaween) in the conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Officers of the officially named Committee Members on the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice are known to prosecute people whose actions they consider apostasy under Sharia law. Fayadh had been ordered to serve four years in prison and 800 lashes until, in November 2015, an appeals judge increased his punishment to a death sentence. “Prophets have retired, so do not wait for yours to come to you,” are lines (translated to English by poet and activist Mona Kareem) that appear in Fayadh’s collection of love poems, Instructions Within (2008). The content of the book reportedly formed the basis of a series of apostasy charges that led to his…


On January 8, Thai installationist Sakarin Krue- On was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award, as part of Singapore’s Prudential Eye Awards. His works draw from traditional Thai ideology to address modern-day socioeconomic concerns. Later on January 19, Cambodian artist Svay Sareth won two emerging-artist prizes at the Prudential Eye Awards. The second Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art was presented to Singaporean performance artist Lee Wen on January 19. David Walsh, founder of Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, and Tracey Moffatt, video artist and photographer representing Australia at the 2017 Venice Biennale, were appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, on January 26. Japanese Mono-ha artist Kishio Suga was announced the winner of the 57th Mainichi Art Award, also on January 28. London’s World Photography Organisation announced in February that…