MAR/APR 2016

Issue 97
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Editor's Letter

By Any Other Name

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For decades, art critics have been preaching about the death of painting. But if you head to any of the art world’s big March events, such as Art Basel in Hong Kong, Mathaf’s presentation from its permanent collection of modern Arab 

Reports: One on One

Richard Bell on Gordon Hookey

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Gordon Hookey makes kick-arse art. 

The first time Gordy and I met was at an art show at Queensland Aboriginal Creations in the late 1980s—before he went to art college. 

Reports: Dispatch


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The city of Shanghai—a center for economic activity, technological innovation, finance, conventions and logistics—boasts China’s highest GDP and a population exceeding 25 million. 

New Zealand
Reports: The Point

Remote Connections

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I am an artist working predominantly out of Aotearoa New Zealand. And although I regularly exhibit in the Northern Hemisphere, there is no doubt that the distance in between is still a challenge even now in the second decade of the 21st century


Quiet Inspiration
Tun Daim Zainuddin

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Tun Daim Zainuddin is known as an economics whiz. Bankers, tycoons, politicians and the press recognize him as the mastermind who extracted Malaysia from economic turmoil in the 1980s and again in the 1990s. But few people know about his zeal for art.

Korea, South

Painting between Past and future
Kwon Young-woo

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Despite his many artistic transformations, Kwon Young-woo (1926–2013) managed to provoke several versions of the same response over the course of his six-decade career. At the 1954 National Exhibition in his native South Korea


After the Rain
Chua Ek Kay

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The recently opened National Gallery Singapore (NGS) organized “After the Rain,” the first major historical survey by a national museum of Singaporean artist Chua Ek Kay (1947–2008). 

Lebanon Saudi Arabia Egypt Qatar

Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection

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Five solo exhibitions, for Farid Belkahia, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Faraj Daham, Inji Efflatoun and Abdelhalim Radwi, made up “Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection,” recently held at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha.

Palestine United Kingdom

Emily Jacir

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Material for a Film (2004– ), Emily Jacir’s research project on the late Palestinian intellectual Wael Zuaiter, is an intimate installation. It comprises archival documents including photographs of Zuaiter’s apartment in Rome

Where I Work

Huang Rui

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I arrived at Huang Rui’s studio in Huantie, an arts enclave on the fringe of northeast Beijing, by taxi. The driver had been struggling to find the remote location and only did so after several phone calls to the artist en route.

Fine Print

What if God Exercised Copyright?

Imagine if God exercised copyright over images depicted in works by the old masters, and He refused to grant divine consent to artists inspired by the natural environment or the image of man.

Print Content
Reduced Sentence
Gimme (Tax) Shelter
Where Art Thou?
Hitting the Brakes
Dressed for Show
Group Arrangements
First Impressions
Dschihadi Dschermans
Unresolved Ground
George Wong: For the Love of Stuff
Konfir Kabo: Close to Home
Alan Chan: Personal Effects
Yan Shijie: Brick by Brick
İnci Eviner: Theater of the Unmentionable
Zheng Chongbin: Boundless Ink
Au Hoi Lam: The Density of Abstraction
Animate Bodies of Work
8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
Gordon Bennett: Be Polite
Ha Chong-Hyun
Don’t Follow the Wind: Non-Visitor Center
Yoko Ono: Golden Ladders
Rasheed Araeen: Going East
BV Suresh: Chronicles of Silence (Khamoshi Ki Daastan)
But even if I cannot See the Sun
Ayşe Erkme: Fingerspitzengefühl
Zhang Hongtu
Yun Hyong-keun
For a New World to Come
Ranu Mukherjee: Extracted
In Good Compnay
Sydney Ball

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