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ArtAsiaPacific 114 (Jul/Aug 2019)

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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After signing off on the July/August issue of ArtAsiaPacific, the editors are hoping to savor two comparatively languid months off from the frantic art world calendar. However, world events, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, won’t relent. This issue is closely bound to the real world, and focuses on artists’ diverse interests and concerns—from how humans are speeding up our own extinction, to questioning how technology is reengineering life as we know it. In AAP issue 44, published in 2005, contributor Euridice Arratia interviewed the 33-year-old Asian-American artist Patty Chang, who at the time was on the brink of a “huge shift” in her practice away from provocative performances to more engaged interactions with society and place, reality and desire, specifically through her investigations into the fictional Shangri-La. Fourteen years later, AAP…

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PIO ABAD Pio Abad is an artist from the Philippines living in London. He has exhibited at Oakville Galleries, Ontario (2019); 2nd Honolulu Biennial, “Make Wrong/Right/Now” (2019); 12th Gwangju Biennial, “Imagined Borders” (2018); Para Site, Hong Kong (2017); Kadist, Paris (2017); CCA, Glasgow (2016) and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2016). His exhibition at Kadist, San Francisco, runs through August 10. (See ONE ON ONE) ANDREY ALEKHIN Andrey Alekhin is the cofounder of Snark. art, an art production platform and laboratory that uses blockchain as a creative medium. He is also founder of MIGZ, a music and media arts summer event for Russian millennials; and founder and CEO of Apogey, a metals company acquired by Africa Israel Investment. He holds an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. (See THE POINT) PATRICIA…

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leo valledor

In 2006, Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York City presented an exhibition that traced the Philippine roots of minimalism through two painters: Mario Yrisarry, who was born in Manila in 1933, and Leo Valledor, born to Filipino parents in San Francisco in 1936. Both artists were active in the New York art scene in the 1960s and ’70s but then disappeared. Yrisarry stopped painting in 1977 while Valledor moved back to San Francisco, where he persisted with a largely unheralded career—one that is now rightfully being reconsidered—up until his death in 1989. I first encountered Valledor’s work last year at SFMOMA, not realizing our shared heritage. His 1965 painting Skeedo, a large, irregularly shaped canvas of orange and blue-gray angles and yellow lines, exemplified his fascination with hardedged asymmetry and his…

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los angeles

The vast, sunny and unhurried city of Los Angeles is home to Hollywood, mega tech companies and the porn industry. Its progressive art schools, including UCLA, Cal Arts, ArtCenter College of Design and USC, are engines for new generations of American artists. Yet unlike many other metropolises, LA also offers proximity to nature. Hiking in urban parks, rambling in the desert, yoga on the beach, surfing, and snowboarding in the mountains are integral activities for many Angelenos. As the founder of Various Small Fires (VSF) gallery Esther Kim Varet remarked, “You’ve gotta love the laid-back city, where work and wellness are equally important pursuits.” In recent years, LA has seen a huge influx of migrants, among them artists and gallerists, enticed by the pleasant weather, healthy lifestyle and available space situated…

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AWARDS Artists Aki Sasamoto, Hong-An Truong, Entang Wiharso and Carrie Yamaoka are among the 2019 Guggenheim Fellows. The AUD 100,000 (USD 70,000) Archibald Prize was awarded to Tony Costa for his portrait of Chinese-Australian artist Lindy Lee styled as a Zen Buddhist. Japanese financial services company Nomura Holdings conferred the inaugural Nomura Emerging Artist Prize to Cheng Ran and Cameron Rowland, who received USD 100,000 each. Nalini Malani is the winner of the Joan Miro Prize, which offers a cash award of EUR 70,000 (USD 78,500) and additional funding to support the production of a solo exhibition at Barcelona’s Fundacio Joan Miro, slated for 2020. Indigenous painter Vincent Namatjira clinched the AUD 100,000 (USD 70,000) Ramsay Art Prize with his double-sided painting Close Contact (2018), which portrays the artist on one surface and Captain James…

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forthcoming catalogue raisonné on brett whiteley exposes fakes

A forthcoming publication on the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992), by respected art historian Kathie Sutherland, has caused considerable anxiety among Australian collectors and art world onlookers, who are not so much eager to see what she has included in the books, but more what she has excluded. In mid-May, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that Sutherland would be excluding any artworks of questionable authenticity from the 2,400-page, seven-volume catalogue raisonne, which is being touted as the comprehensive, definitive guide to the artist’s oeuvre. The exclusions are being supported by Whiteley’s ex-wife, Wendy—who has long warned of authenticity issues—and follows multiple cases of alleged fraud around the artist’s output. One such case, a highly publicized six-week trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2016, centered on three paintings that…