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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 ofArtAsiaPacific, 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 managing…

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EDITOR & PUBLISHER Elaine W. Ng DEPUTY EDITOR & DEPUTY PUBLISHER HG Masters MANAGING EDITOR Ysabelle Cheung SENIOR EDITOR Don J. Cohn ASSOCIATE EDITOR Chloe Chu COPY EDITOR Michael Lacoy REVIEWS EDITOR Ophelia Lai ASSISTANT EDITOR Pamela Wong EDITORIAL INTERN Cassie Liu, Xuan Wei Yap CHINESE TRANSLATOR Esther Chan ART DIRECTOR Heesun Seo DESIGNER Tiffany Tam PHOTO EDITOR Esther Chan DESIGN INTERN Jack Wong EDITORIAL DESKS AUCKLAND Vera Mey BEIJING Tom Mouna BEIRUT Nadia al-Issa BERLIN Astrid Mania BRISBANE Tim Riley Walsh DUBAI Kevin Jones GUANGZHOU Brady Ng HO CHI MINH CITY Ruben Luong HONG KONG SAR Karen Cheung KARACHI Durriya Kazi KUALA LUMPUR Lena Ng LONDON Ned Carter Miles LOS ANGELES Jennifer S. Li MADRID Rebecca Close MANILA Marlyne Sahakian MEXICO CITY Larisa Escobedo MUMBAI Ranjit Hoskote NEW DELHI Deeksha Nath NEW YORK Paul Laster, Christopher Y. Lew, Mimi Wong PARIS Deepak Ananth PHNOM PENH Erin Gleeson SAN FRANCISCO Hanae Ko, Jessica Kraft SEOUL Jayoon Choi SHANGHAI Arthur Solway SINGAPORE Ho Rui An TAIPEI David Frazier TOKYO Kenichi Kondo TORONTO Joobin…

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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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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…