Longform explorations of recent art in Asia, archives, art histories, urgent preoccupations, and other areas of interest

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Public Appearance as Art as Protest as Event: Yoko Ono’s Events with John Lennon

SooJin Lee uses a Fluxus lens to consider Ono and Lennon's playful use of the public gaze

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Jennifer Deger on the limits of modernist cartographies, and how art and anthropology might speak to the environmental crises of our time

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The Thoughtful Dissemination and Archiving of Japanese Moving Image Works

Ann Adachi-Tasch reflects on her engagement with Japanese experimental moving image works of the 1950s to 1980s

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Hong Kong: A Curatorial Journey for an Identity

Oscar Ho narrates his shift from seeking a distinctive cultural identity for Hong Kong, to working to dismantle this very concept

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The International Student as a Term of Art

David Xu Borgonjon discusses the racial politics of art school recruitment, and its structural effects on contemporary art

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The Aesthetic Project of Remaking “Yellow” Identity

Mimi Wong explores the slippery notion of an "Asian aesthetic," and the many ways it can manifest in East Asian and diasporic art

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From Within the Fog

Trisha Low’s lyric ruminations on art writing, gestures of refusal, and the unresolvable desire for shared utopia amidst crisis and collapse

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Yellow Skin, White Gold

Anne Anlin Cheng reconsiders Asiatic femininity, racialised embodiment, and the confusion between persons and things

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Is It Socially Engaged Art?: The Debate over “Art Projects” in Japan

Yeung Tin Shui traces alternatives to Eurocentric conceptions of art projects in Japan

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Women, Handicrafts, and Entrepreneurship in the Postcolonial World

Annemari de Silva addresses the gendered and postcolonial valuations of "art" and "craft" in Sri Lanka

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Setting the Stage: Korean Women Artists on Performance and Beauty

So-Rim Lee examines how two emerging feminist artists stage and politicise a hair salon and a cosmetics store

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Line Form Colour Action

Chuong-Dai Vo uses Lee Wen’s notebooks to explore his work as performance and process

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Tomorrow Girls Troop: A Fourth-Wave Feminist Art Collective

Reflections on activism, gender equality, and visual representation in Japan from an emerging feminist art collective

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Ren Hang in the Global City

Nicholas Gamso considers Ren Hang’s engagement with urban space and queer body politics

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Motherhood, Motherland: Photography, Representation, and Agency of the Filipina Overseas Worker

Alice Sarmiento asks whether exhibitions and artist-led initiatives can change how we connect space, citizenship, and acts of caregiving

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Gendering Her Art: The Category of “Woman” in the Art History of Hong Kong

Christina Yuen Zi Chung looks at gender-themed art exhibitions and their relation to feminist discourse in Hong Kong

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On Ha Bik Chuen: Collection and Collage

Leo Li Chen explores how Ha Bik Chuen’s collection opens up new ways to understand Hong Kong art history

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Notes on the "Vernacular" Milieus of Art Writing

Sneha Ragavan questions the dominance of English in India’s art historiography and criticism

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Practicing Friendship: Respecting Time as a Curator

Zoe Butt considers the significance of friendships for artistic languages and forms

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17 Lost Art Exhibitions

Jack Persekian documents a global pattern of loss for Palestinian art

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Clare Butcher on reconstructing the histories of the dehistoricised

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Elision, Excess, Parody, Disavowal: Justine Frank in the Museum

Roee Rosen discusses the challenge of allowing fiction to overwhelm through its excess

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In Defence of the Art Mall

Seth Denizen explores the art in art malls and competing claims to public spaces

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Notes from the Field: Navigating the Afterlife of The Other Story

Rasheed Araeen's critical challenge to art historical narratives through art curation

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Publics, Histories, Value: The Changing Stakes of Exhibitions

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Sites of Construction and Political Dissent: Central Asia Pavilions in Venice 2005–2013

Georgy Mamedov provides a critical overview of the politico-economical context of Central Asian art history

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The Problems of Digital Utopia: Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries on the Web

Ahyoung Yoo discusses the playful masking and unmasking of potential digital utopias

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The Unsettled Pleasures of Viewing: Exhibition as a Meeting Point Between Our Bodies and Artwork

Biljana Ciric discusses images as intimate, fragmented readings of exhibition experiences

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Art Writing and Its Circulation: Three Moments in Hong Kong

Michelle Wong looks at three instances of art writing and their relationship with Hong Kong

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A Short Story of Bagyi Aung Soe in Five Images

Yin Ker discusses the transformation of desire through meditation on desire

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Atlas of Asia Art Archive

Map Office explores how Asia is a point of arrival and departure

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Contemporary Asian Art at the Guggenheim

Three approaches to framing contemporary art outside a Eurocentric framework

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Mapping Asia

Note from the Editors

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Spatializing the Contemporary, Philippine-Style

Oscar Campomanes provides a conceptual and cultural critique of The Philippine Contemporary exhibition

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Archive as Method

Note from the Editors

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Hans Van Dijk Archive

On Van Dijk's conception of contemporary art and the art and artists he promoted

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Micropolitics of the Archive | Part I: Southern Conceptualisms Network and the Political Possibilities of Microhistories

An intervention into different possibilities for history, the archive, and the transmission of knowledge

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On the Practice of the Oral History Archives of Japanese Art | Part I: Toward Oral Histories of Art in Asia

A series on Japanese artists and alternatives to Eurocentric systems of art

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On the Practice of the Oral History Archives of Japanese Art | Part II: Introduction to Two Interview Excerpts

A series on Japanese artists and alternatives to Eurocentric systems of art

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Entangled Temporality in Art Practice: Contemporary Revisiting of the "Golden" Age

Parul Dave-Mukherji discusses the past as lost golden age or melancholic condition that has uncanny affinity with the present

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An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary: Part I

AAA expands upon Hal Foster’s 2009 questionnaire on "the contemporary"

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An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary: Part II

AAA expands upon Hal Foster’s 2009 questionnaire on "the contemporary"

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An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary: Part III

AAA expands upon Hal Foster’s 2009 questionnaire on "the contemporary"

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An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary: Part IV

AAA expands upon Hal Foster’s 2009 questionnaire on "the contemporary"

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Ivan Peries: The Predicament of the Bourgeois Artist in the Societies of the Third World

Senake Bandaranayake provides a socio-historical analysis of the work of Ivan Peries

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Learning from History: The Discourse of (L)imitation in 1960s Japan

Reiko Tomii offers a historical study on 1960s Japan as a paradigmatic site of world art history

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The And: An Expanded Questionnaire on the Contemporary

Note from the Editors

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Mekong Spring: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade

A historical reassessment of photography's development in Cambodia

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Memory and Cultural Sustainability in Contemporary Tibetan Art

Tibetan artists in relation to ethnicity, religion, and as politicised subjects in post-Cultural Revolution China

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Resisting Commoditisation of the Art Object

Song Misook looks at Korean contemporary artists and their strategies for dismantling and transforming existing systems

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Free Art vs. Public Law | Tattoos on Shared Social Skin: The Art and Laws of Street Murals and Graffiti

Kao Chien Hui looks at street art in Chinese communities and its uneasy relationship with graffiti laws

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A Horse for the Arts: Looking Back at the Future

Art's task is to reveal the present more critically, clearly, and with wonder

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Stepping Over the Fence

Suspending pre-conceptions about art for spaces of commonality

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What Can We Do? Action/Reaction in Japan

Yukie Kamiya on the possibilities of creating art in times of crisis

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Art as Voice: Political Art in Southeast Asia at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

Art as an important sociopolitical voice on inequality, corruption, the environment, and authoritarianism

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Tracing (Un)certain Legacies: Conceptualism in Singapore and the Philippines

Isabel Ching complicates art historical narratives on conceptualism as a historiographic category

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An Archive Remembered

Parvez Kabir reflects on some defining moments that shaped the Image Archive of MS University of Baroda

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Viewed from a Train: Glimpses of the Artist as Hong Kong Citizen

Valerie C. Doran looks at an arts festival held in a Hong Kong village slated for demolition, and how artists respond to social issues in alternative ways

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Between Tragedy and Farce: Short Takes on the Performance Archive

Ontological and epistemological questions surrounding representational technologies in relation to performance archiving

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Towards a Discursive Polylogue of Chinese and Western Contemporary Art Theory

Paul Gladston examines critical discourses associated with the concept of contemporaneity

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How To Change The World Without Really Trying: Reflections On Performance Art Today

Lee Wen considers whether performance art has lost its edge in resistance to mainstream culture

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Theertha: A Journey by a Collective of Restless Artists

Anoli Perera examines how artists-led initiative Theertha responds to sociopolitical circumstances and the art ecology in Sri Lanka

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Art into Action: Performance Art Festivals in Asia

Examining the public value and communal utility of art in relation to performance art in Asia

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Re-Orienting Taiwan: The China Factor in Contemporary Art from Taiwan

Sophie McIntyre explores the implications of Taiwan's closer relationship with China upon the visual arts field

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Predicaments and Promises: Reflections on Art Writing in Malaysia and Singapore

Kelvin Chuah argues that new, transdisciplinary efforts are needed to analyse modern art in Malaysia and Singapore

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Asian Canadian Art Matters

Alice Ming Wai Jim explores why Asian Canadian art matters now

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Cultural Exchange and Civil Society in Asia: A Perspective From India

Rustom Bharucha is an independent writer, director, and cultural critic based in Kolkata, India

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A Virtuoso with Multiple Faces

Jay Koh and Chu Yuan of IFIMA

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The Sustainability of Ideas

Ade Darmawan is an Indonesian artist and Director of the ruangrupa artists’ initiative

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Un-invested Investments: Critical Writing and Publishing in Mainland China

Keith Wallace asks where critical writing will make its impact within the Chinese publishing world

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The Chimera of a Greater China: Analyzing the 2009 Fall Art Fair Season in Mainland China And Taiwan

James Donald examines the anxieties, thrills, and unpredictability of the Asian art market

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Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez considers the possibilities for subverting guarded speech in art discourse

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Beyond Recurring Traumas and a New Scar: Notes on the Impoverished Public Art Infrastructure in Korea

Kim Heejin calls for renewed attention to the importance of good infrastructure and art institutions in Korea

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The Politics of Play in Malaysian Art

Eva McGovern is an independent curator, art critic, and lecturer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Admittance Anxiety

Adele Tan teaches and writes on art and art history, in particular contemporary art and performance in China and Singapore

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Reading Through the Lense of the Political: Contemporary Art in Pakistan

Naiza is a visual artist and researcher based in Karachi

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Regional Formation and the Postcolonial Question: Contemporary Art in Hong Kong and the PRD

Carolyn Cartier, Professor of Human Geography and China Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney

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News from Islands

Aaron Seeto, Director of Gallery 4A in Sydney

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Beyond the Collection Display

Reiko Tomii is a New York-based independent scholar and curator who investigates post 1945 Japanese art in global and local contexts

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The Necessary Instability of Hybrid Cultures

Davide Quadrio argues that art needs to be empowered by people who genuinely desire communities of ideas and innovation

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Curatorial Connections, Southeast Asia: Three Panels, Two Books

June Yap is an independent curator based in Singapore

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Farm-to-Market Roads

Patrick D. Flores is Professor of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines

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At the Cross Roads: Looking Back Forward Looking

Charles Merewether is an art historian and curator