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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

Chaitanya Sambrani | Careers of Internationalism: Baroda and Bandung

Talk

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Mar 2017

Rashid Rana | Present Elsewhere

15 Invitations | Publication Project

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Nov 2016

Sarah Howe | Six Windows

15 Invitations | Talk

Library work at Charukala, 9 Dec 2015.
Tue-Sat, 18-22 Oct 2016

The Bibliography Workshops | Pune, India

Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing of South Asia | Workshop

1 Research Collection

128 Ideas

Image: Cover detail of Trisha Low's <i>Socialist Realism</i>, 2019. Courtesy of Coffee House Press, Minneapolis.
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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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Off the Shelf | Somewhere, Someone Just Wanted to Let You Know

An exploration of AAA's collection of zines on the ongoing political movement in Hong Kong

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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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Crossing Borders: Art and Artists’ Writings Across Languages

On the challenges of researching art writing across multiple languages and translations in South Asia

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Writing and Weaving: Engendering Documents in History

Li Xiaojiang reflects on her work at the Women’s Culture Museum in Shaanxi, and the need for new ways of centring women’s cultural legacies

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Off the Shelf | Trace Retrace: Paintings, Nilima Sheikh

A review of an artist monograph that explores Nilima Sheikh’s artworks as alternative forms of storytelling and narration

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Off the Shelf | Country Paper — Pakistan

A look at Salima Hashmi's writing on women artists in Pakistan

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Seasonal Changes: Celebrating Spring Workshop

A look at some of the programmes and publications the Hong Kong cultural non-profit produced over six years

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Boris Groys in Conversation with Johnson Chang

On archives as “museums minus the aesthetic experience,” the return of God as a spectator, and the totalitarianism of music

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AAA Collection at the Guggenheim | Alternative Publishing

Items from AAA on display at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Image: Covers of the periodical <i>Free World</i>.
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Periodicals, American Interventions, and Art in Asia During the Cold War

On Ho Tzu Nyen's research in relation to items in the Ha Bik Chuen Archive

Image: Ha Bik Chuen, Contact Sheet No.181 'Demonstration by Cindy Lau', 3 October 1998 (detail).
Conversations

Digital Shadows: An Interview with Tyler Coburn

The New York-based artist discusses his work with the Ha Bik Chuen Archive

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On Periodicals, Exhibition Materials, Personal Archives, and Approaching Issues from Multiple Angles

Peggy Wang discusses her process and the materials that inform her scholarship

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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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Six Windows

Sarah Howe considers how artists across different countries and cultures explore similar subject matters

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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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Resemble Reassemble

Rashid Rana complicates the curatorial framing of exhibitions

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The Armory Show Focus Group

An installation that plays with the relationship between market forces and artistic production

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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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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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Has the Moment of the Contemporary Come and Gone?

A discussion at Speakers' Forum, India Art Fair 2012 in Delhi

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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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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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Research Log | Twist and Turns in Gunsan

Insight into how artists from other regions see the city of Gunsan

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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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Research Log | Turbulence in Cultural Affairs

Taipei Fine Arts Museum in turmoil

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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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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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Research Log | On the Precipice of Events

Interrogating the limits of an artistic "event"

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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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Research Log | The Curatorial Imperative

The buzzword of the season in India is “curating”

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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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Research Log | The Importance of Continuous Discussion

Rethinking the form of biennials and triennials after a recent trip to the Setouchi International Art Festival

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Asian Canadian Art Matters

Alice Ming Wai Jim explores why Asian Canadian art matters now

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Research Log | A Cloud Over Baguio

Memories of the Baguio Art Festivals in the 1990s

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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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Speakeasy

Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez searches for ways to speak about art more frequently and earnestly

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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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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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Research Log | Observing Contemporary Chinese Art Through Writings

Fiona He shares observations on the contemporary art scene in China

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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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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

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Thinking Backwards: Notes on Art Tamed and Contained (in both Senses of the Term)

Yeung Yang reflects on the complications of "public art"

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Critical Horizons: On Art Criticism in China

Pauline J. Yao is a curator and scholar based in Beijing and San Francisco and co-founder of Arrow Factory

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Research Log | More than Parties, More than Drinks

A visit to the Macau Museum of Art for Inward Gazes 2008

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Home, Again: Notes on Contemporary Vietnamese Art

Việt Lê is an artist, creative writer, and independent curator

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Research Log | Plugging-in into Shanghai’s Urbanized Landscape

Fiona He spends four days exploring openings and events at the Shanghai eArts Festival

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Reflecting on International Biennials and Triennials in Asia

Meiqin Wang is an assistant professor of Asian art history at California State University, Northridge

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Re-imagi(ni)ng the Buddha: The Multiplicity of Authenticities in Contemporary Tibetan Art

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Assistant Professor of Tibetan Cultural History at the University of Alabama

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My China Now

Karen Smith looks at at project designed to foster awareness of Chinese culture within China and abroad

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Building a New Arts Infrastructure: Non-State Foundations in Asia

Christine Clark is a curator and art administrator

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Mature Museums

Tobias Berger, Director and Chief Curator of Para/Site Art Space

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An Open Letter to Artists in Pakistan

Rasheed Araeen is the founding editor of Third Text

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Positionings: A Round-up of Perspectives for 2007

Deeksha Nath is an art historian, critic, and curator based in New Delhi

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Biennale Demand

Lee Weng Choy, an art critic and artistic co-director of The Substation arts centre in Singapore

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Art Market Micro Economics

Jonathan Thomson is an artist, art historian, critic, and curator based in Hong Kong

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Malaysia’s New People Power

Kathy Rowland, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Kakiseni

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The Mekong Art and Culture Project

Secretariat Team of The Mekong Art and Culture Project

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It's a Bull Market!: Investing in the Future of Contemporary Asian Art

Susan Acret, a Hong Kong based independent writer and the editor of AAA's monthly newsletter

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Research Log | For Every One of Them, There Are Ten of Us

A Baroda Diary, 9–14 May 2007

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A Note on the Re-worlding of "Contemporary Indian Art"

Rahul Bhattacharya is an independent art critic, historian, and curator in India

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Beyond Vol. I, No. 1: Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art

Flaudette May V. Datuin, Editor and Co-Founder of Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art

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. . . and Malaysia?

Michelle Antoinette on Malaysian art

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Thais: Art, Culture, and the Growing Up

Chatvichai Promadhattavedi, Chairman of the Committee of Cultural Management Policy, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

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Myanmar Contemporary Art: Is There Such a Thing?

Jacquelyn Suter, Founder of Gold Leaf

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The Near Future: Asian Art in the UK

Sally Lai, an independent curator and fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme

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Curatorship and Criticism in Thailand: Between Promotion and Critique

David Teh, an independent writer and curator

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Excursion: Group Exhibition of Contemporary Visual Artists in Hong Kong

Jeff Leung, a freelance art worker focusing on Hong Kong Visual Arts

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An Art Market with Chinese Characteristics

Jonathan Napack, an independent art critic and Asia Advisor for Art Basel

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Reviewing Reviews: Looking Back at 2005 DiAAAlogues

David Elliott provides "a review of reviews"

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Report on the South East Asian Tour of documenta 12 Magazine

Keiko Sei, a writer, curator, and educator of independent media

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Developing a Consequential Biennials Dialogue

Joe Martin Hill, Founder of Vision Connect

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Asia Australia Arts Centre: Asian Traffic on the Move

Binghui Huangfu, Director of Asia Australia Art Centre

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The "Great Leap Forward" of Culture in the Pearl River Delta

Hu Fang highlights some cultural and artistic developments in the constantly evolving PRD

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Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre

Phatarawadee Phataranawik from The Nation, Bangkok's Independent Newspaper

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Diving into Parallel Realities: Notes on The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale

Kuroda Raiji, Chief Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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Floating Towards Venice

Peter Nagy, artist, curator, and Director of Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi

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On My Way

Oscar Ho, Director of MoCA Shanghai

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Ho Chi Minh City: Emerging Scenes, Emerging Scenarios

Sue Hadju, visual artist and Co-Founder & Co-Director of a little blah blah

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Wicked WKCD

Matthew Turner, Professor at Edinburgh Napier University

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In Residence in Beijing

Brian Wallace, AAA Academic Advisor and Director of Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

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Release, Replica, and Intervention: Review of the 9th NIPAF Asian Series 2004

Jevijoe Vitug writes on performance art's refusal to be treated as a commodity

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Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention

Lee Yulin is an art historian and curator

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Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Chaitanya Sambrani, curator, and art historian

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The Archive and Archiving: The Stuff of My Art

Judy Freya Sibayan is an artist, archivist, and lecturer

Kazuo Shiraga
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A Call for a Normalised Art History

Joan Kee examines how scholars handle non-Western artists

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Criticism and “The Essence of Contemporary Asian Art”

Lee Weng Choy on emerging discourses that stake as well as contest claims about what "Asia" might mean

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Layers (or the Pardon of a Narrow Glocal Vision)

Jaspar Lau provides short notes on Hong Kong artists’ initiatives, curatorship, and criticism

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Our Modernities: Positioning Asian Art Now

Xenia Xenia Tetmajer von Przerwa is a Beijing-based art critic and sinologist

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Hong Kong Biennial 2003

John Batten, AAA Advisor

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Mori Art Museum | Happiness: A Survival Guide to Art and Life

Pamela Kember, AAA Director, art critic, and lecturer

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Venice Biennale and Contemporary Asian Art: A Juror's Perspective

Vishakha Desai, Senior Vice-President and Director of the Museum of Asia Society

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Publishing and Contemporary Asian Art

Susan Acret, art critic and former editor of Art Asia Pacific

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The Charm of Foreign Parts

John Clark wonders whether modernity re-defined in Asia will be able to re-define modern art itself

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A Guggenheim in Hong Kong?

Jane DeBevoise follows up on two talks recently held at AAA entitled “A Guggenheim in Hong Kong?”

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Has the World Really Changed?

Lu Peng reflects on the loss of metaphysical richness in art

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Notes from Brisbane

Rhana Devenport, AAA Academic Advisor, Senior Project Officer of the Asia Pacific Triennial, and Manager of the Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art

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Plan for an Exhibition

Dr. Britta Erickson, AAA Academic Advisor, curator, and art historian

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Notes from Taiwan

Chang Tsong-zung, AAA Co-Founder and Director

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Conversations

Email Forum on Art and Social Change, May 2011

Kao Chien-hui, Valerie Doran, Rasheed Araeen, Naiza Khan, Raqs Media Collective, and Lee Weng Choy

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Ideas is AAA's New Online Journal

Asia Art Archive publishes new essays, interviews, and curated journeys through our collections

Shortlist | Alternative Publishing Platforms of Experimental Art in China: From the 1990s to Mid-2000s
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Shortlist | Alternative Publishing Platforms of Experimental Art in China: From the 1990s to Mid-2000s

Recommended readings on the role played by alternative publications in promoting experimental art in Mainland China from the 1990s to mid-2000s

Shortlist | Art Periodicals in the Philippines, 1970s to 2000s
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Shortlist | Art Periodicals in the Philippines, 1970s to 2000s

Recommended readings on the rise and fall of the art periodical scene in the Philippines from the 1970s to 2000s

Shortlist | The Dispute Over Art Criticism
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Shortlist | The Dispute Over Art Criticism: Politics, Public Affairs, and the Search for Identity (Hong Kong)

Recommended readings on the politics of art writing and criticism in Hong Kong since the 1970s

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Mon, 23 Oct 2017

Departing from Socialist Realism: April Photo Society, 1979–1981

Chen Shuxia

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Image and Phenomena: The Development of Video Art in China, 1988 to 1998

Katherine Grube | The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2013 Report

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Thu, 1 Jan 2009

Mapping the Field of Indian Art Criticism: Post-independence

Vidya Shivadas | AAA Research Grant

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Vietnam: The Making of the Modern and the Contemporary

WATCH: This talk unpacks and examines modern and contemporary art in Vietnam in relation its colonial history.