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ArtAsiaPacific 108 (May/Jun 2018)

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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Hong Kong SAR China
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ArtAsiaPacific Holdings Ltd
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ways of marking time

A homecoming event in Sydney to celebrate ArtAsiaPacific’s 25th anniversary and the opening of the 21st Biennale of Sydney—graciously hosted by art patrons Gene Sherman and Andrew Cameron—brought together many editors and contributors from the magazine’s early years in Australia, as well as young artists, students and writers. The gathering encapsulated our focus this year of looking forward and backward, while still savoring the effervescence of the present moment.This juxtaposition is reflected in the main Features of our May/June issue. From the present we introduce Istanbul-based artist Cevdet Erek, whose conceptual, architectural installations are derived from his reflections on sound as a marker of time and social progression. His projects have been staged around the world, including in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 2017 Venice Biennale. In February, AAP…

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contributors

JOOBIN BEKHRADJoobin Bekhrad is AAP’s Canada desk editor and has authored numerous books of prose and poetry. His writings have been published in Frieze, The New York Times, Columbia Journal, The Financial Times and The Guardian. He has been interviewed by Newsweek, Monocle and The Art Newspaper.(See REVIEWS)NICHOLAS BONNERNicholas Bonner set up Koryo Tours and Studio in 1993, which specializes in cultural trips to North Korea focusing on fine art. Bonner travels regularly to North Korea, and is currently working with emerging North Korean filmmakers and artists there by providing them with a space and platform to experiment outside of their everyday restrictions.(See DISPATCH)WILFRED CHANWilfred Chan is a writer based in New York City covering contemporary photography and visual art. He is also the managing editor of the Cardstack Project,…

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one on one   slavs and tatars on johann georg hamann

SLAVS AND TATARSTo No One2018Mimeograph print, 59 x 42 cm. (Courtesy the artists.)We’re not normally drawn to bad boys. In fact, we swing more for bookish, soft-spoken types. Johann Georg Hamann, however, is the exception to the rule. He was the enfant terrible of the Counter-Enlightenment and wore the badge with pride. Kierkegaard called him “the greatest humorist in the world.” Goethe considered him the brightest mind of his time; and Isaiah Berlin dubbed him “one of the few wholly original critics of modern times.”Hamann wasn’t just dark. He was the darkest. A book on German prose style says that compared to Hamann, “Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit is… perfect vacation reading.” The superlatives he garnered from fanboys and frenemies alike are worthy of a Marvel comic. And Hamann was clearly…

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dispatch   pyongyang

View of Pyongyang in 2018. (Courtesy Nicholas Bonner.)All art in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is produced by the state, and is primarily controlled by the three main art studios in Pyongyang: Mansudae, Paekho and Central Art Studio. Mansudae is the largest art “collective.” Yet its sales are currently experiencing a low due to sanctions and the decline in tourist numbers. On August 5, 2016, after North Korea’s missile tests, the UN Security Council subjected Mansudae to a global asset freeze, effectively banning the export of artworks and construction projects like the recently completed visitor center in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and the African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, Senegal.Showrooms at both Mansudae and Paekho consist of all manner of fine arts: oils, ink, linocuts, embroidery, sculpture, celadon pottery and…

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awards

Portrait of FARAH AL-QASIMI.Bangladeshi artist Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury picked up the Samdani Art Award at the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit on February 6, receiving a six-week residency with the Delfina Foundation in London.On March 8, Emirati artist Farah al-Qasimi was presented with the New Art Dealers Alliance Artadia Award at the opening of the alliance’s New York art fair.Four artists—Subodh Gupta, Shirazeh Houshiary, Ju Ming and Park Seo-Bo—were honored at Asia Society’s Asia Arts Game Changer Awards ceremony on March 29 in Hong Kong.Courtesy the artist and Helena Anrather, New York. ■…

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obituaries

Portrait of NAPOLEON ABUEVA.Beirut-based Fathallah Zamroud passed away on February 3 at the age of 49, after a battle with cancer. The Syrian-Lebanese painter is known for his complex paintings, which combine his artistic and architectural expertise.Napoleon Abueva, who was widely regarded as the father of modern sculpture in the Philippines, passed away on February 16, aged 88.Courtesy Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila. ■…

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