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ArtAsiaPacific May - June 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!

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the world according to venice

When contemplating what to cover in the May/June issue of ArtAsiaPacific, we were naturally compelled to consider the upcoming Venice Biennale. We were struck by how many of the artists who will represent their native lands have already graced our Feature pages. The list includes Tsang Kin-wah (Hong Kong), Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho (Korea), Wu Tienchang (Taiwan), Heri Dono (Indonesia), Fiona Hall (Australia), Istanbul-born, Paris-based Sarkis, who will inaugurate the new Turkish pavilion, and Danh Vo, the Vietnamese-Danish artist who will transform the Danish pavilion. We are very excited about the attention these artists will garner in the coming days. For this issue, the editors gaze back at some of the recent participants at Venice, and look forward to some of the figures who merit inclusion in future Biennales. Taking…


INGRID DUDEK Ingrid Dudek is vice president and international senior specialist of Contemporary and 20th Century Asian Art at Christie’s. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MA in Anthropology from New York University. Currently based in New York, she previously spent time in Beijing as a Fulbright fellow. (See FEATURES) INTI GUERRERO Inti Guerrero is a Hong Kongbased curator and art critic. He was previously associate artistic director and curator at TEOR/éTica, a nonprofit art space in San Jose, Costa Rica. Recent curatorial projects include “A Chronicle of Interventions” (2014) at Tate Modern, London, and “Islands off the Shores of Asia” (2014) at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong. Guerrero is the Latin America desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific. (See FEATURES) KENICHI KONDO Kenichi Kondo is a curator at Tokyo’s Mori…

koki tanaka on félix gonzález-torres

At times I wonder if there is any meaning to our practice as artists. When pondering such things, however, one must not think about it in terms of oneself, because oftentimes it will just seem pathetic and pointless. I will therefore use this opportunity to forget about myself and reflect on the practice of another artist: Félix González-Torres. González-Torres was a member of Group Material, a collective that formed during the 1980s AIDS crisis in the United States, whose artistic practice was specifically aimed at making changes in society. In comparison to on-the-ground activism of groups such as ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), the work of Group Material would have perhaps appeared more conceptual and abstract. The most renowned Group Material project is called AIDS Timeline (1989–91), in which…

chiang mai

This year, the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Community, of which Thailand is a member, is gearing up to integrate the respective economies of ASEAN nations. Though not a capital city, Chiang Mai is easily reached from neighboring countries by land and by air and has thus become one of the primary arts and cultural destinations in the region. As competition stiffens among ASEAN cities, it becomes increasingly imperative for this northern Thai metropolis to sustain improvement and maintain attractiveness as a site of creative innovation. There is no doubt that this former capital of the Lanna Kingdom has been growing rapidly with local and international populations. The traditional and evolving aspects of local cultures are continuously being blended with imported styles. Beginning last year, Chiang Mai has been…

pavilion politics

Kenya’s contribution to the Biennale, “Creating Identities,” includes two representatives from its own country—an unfortunate repeat of its first showcase two years ago, which included only two Kenyan artists out of the 12 on view. This year, one Kenyan artist based in Switzerland, Yvonne Apiyo Braendle-Amolo, is on the roster, while the remaining participants are six Chinese nationals and a Hubei collective known as Double Fly Art Center, along with an Italian expatriate, Armando Tanzini, a real-estate tycoon who has been living in Kenya for the past 45 years. That none of the participating Chinese artists have ever been to the country, or are creating works related to it, has incited public outrage. At the heart of the debacle is the sponsorship of the pavilion. Unlike most national pavilions, which are…

(art)space exploration

In 2010 when we first started Artspace, the online marketplace for contemporary art, we were surprised by how often friends and investors would ask whether people would actually buy art online. The question seemed crazy to me. I had been in the internet business for more than 18 years and had seen the industry grow from a time when it took ten minutes to download one page of a website to today, when the web has become an integral part of our lives. Collectors have been buying art sight unseen for years. For decades, auction houses have been publishing print catalogs, sending them to collectors and taking bids by phone. Galleries have been selling works with photographs sent via email for years. We buy groceries, cars and jewelry online. We…