ArtReview Asia Autumn & Winter 2014

Lee Bul, Bring on the Biennials, Who Goes, Where Are?, Kao Chung-Li and FutureGreats Asia 2014: Eleven artists to look out for: Guan Xiao; Chou Yu-Cheng; Pisitakun Kuantalaeng; Boedi Widjaja; Alan Tsz-wai Kwan; Zhou Tao; Jewyo Rhii; Jaret Vadera; Rho Jae Oon; Seher Shah; Anupong Charoenmitr


In Art Previewed

Ten exhibitions you won’t want to miss this autumn: Yokohama Triennale; Busan Biennale; Mediacity Seoul; The Language of Human Consciousness at Athr Gallery, Jeddah;, Wang Jianwei at Guggenheim, New York; Babak Golkar at Third Line, Dubai; Li Jikai at Amy Li Gallery, Beijing; Tang Dixin at Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai; Sung Hwan Kim at Artsonje Center, Seoul; Liang Shaoji at ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai. By Martin Herbert

Points of View: Our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond: Sam Jacob on the kink aesthetic; Du Qingchun on desire and the imperceptible feminine in Diao Yinan’s film Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014); Mike Watson on the Italian sense of theatricality; Andrew Berardini on Los Angeles’s artist run spaces.

In Art Featured

Lee Bul

Profile of our cover artist Lee Bul, who looks to the failed utopias of the past to present a disturbing vision of the future. By Wenny Teo

Bring on the Biennials

With a biennial opening almost every week this autumn, ArtReview Asia tracked down the directors and chief curators of some of the bigger examples and asked them to explain what these events are all about, plus philosopher Graham Harman, whose ideas are influencing many of these directors and chief curators, explains what his philosophising has to do with art.

Part I - Anselm Franke – Notes Towards the Shanghai Biennale

Part II – Charles Esche on the São Paulo Bienal. Interviewed by Oliver Basciano

Part III – Jessica Morgan on the Gwangju Biennale. Interviewed by Helen Sumpter and Louise Darblay

Part IV – Nicolas Bourriaud on the Taipei Biennial. Interviewed by J.J. Charlesworth

Part V– Graham Harman on speculative realism. Interviewed by J.J. Charlesworth

Who Goes, Where Are? [part 4]

Edward Sanderson and Elaine W. Ho’s experimental collaborative project addressing documentation as gesture in alternative art practices of contemporary China.

Kao Chung-Li

Profile of the Taiwanese artist straddling the realms of experimental film and contemporary art. By Yu Wei

Artist Project: I Asked the River Tonight, by Charwei Tsai & Tsering Tashi Gyalthang. Artist Charwei Tsai and filmmaker and artist Tsering Tashi Gyalthang present the first part of their project about a love story between the Mekong River and the moon.

FutureGreats Asia 2014

Eleven artists to look out for: Guan Xiao selected by Karen Archey; Chou Yu-Cheng selected by Freya Chou; Pisitakun Kuantalaeng selected by Brian Curtin; Boedi Widjaja selected by Louis Ho; Alan Tsz-wai Kwan selected by Jeff Leung; Zhou Tao selected by Aimee Lin; Jewyo Rhii selected by Laura McLean-Ferris; Jaret Vadera selected by Naeem Mohaiemen; Rho Jae Oon selected by Park Chan-kyong; Seher Shah selected by Niru Ratnam; Anupong Charoenmitr selected by Sakarin Krue-On.

In Art Reviewed

Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong at Para Site and offsite venues, Hong Kong; Hans van Dijk: 5000 Names at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Lu Yang: Kimokawa Cancer Baby at Ren Space, Shanghai; Rashid Johnson: Magic Numbers at George Economou Collection, Athens; Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Fireworks at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City; Hiroshi Sugimoto: Aujourd’hui, le Monde Est Mort [Lost Human Genetic Archive] at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The Permeability of Certain Matters at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; Meeting Points 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks at Institute for African Studies, Moscow; The St. Petersburg Paradox at Swiss Institute, New York; Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 at various venues, Sapporo; Manifesta 10 at State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.


Ways of Looking, by Ossian Ward, 100 Painters of Tomorrow, edited by Kurt Beers; Dear Navigator, by Hu Fang; Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj, by Nadya Tolokonnikova and Slavoj Žižek.

The Strip: a new work from Keiichi Tanaami, introduced by Paul Gravett.

Off the Record: Gallery Girl – on biennials