ArtReview Asia Autumn 2015

In this issue: Chim ↑ Pom, Anand Patwardhan, Double Fly Art Center, Sun Xun, Sun Ge, Hiraki Sawa and more


In Art Previewed

Twenty shows on through autumn and winter you don't want to miss: in Taipei, Shanghai, Auckland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Yokohama, Mumbai, Vancouver, Yogyakarta, Baku and London. By Hettie Judah

Points of View – our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond: The Comfort of Captivity, by fiction writer Hu Fang; Sherman Sam on the legacy of Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew for the arts; Du Qingchun on Zhang Lü’s arthouse film Gyeongju; Kimberly Bradley’s Slow Art Year; and Kevin Jones on the new vectors of cultural trade emerging in Dubai.

In Art Featured

Chim ↑ Pom: As the Japanese artist collective prepares its first solo show in Europe, ArtReview Asia assesses the group’s work, and its unique combination of activism, compassion, provocation, humour and, well, punk-and-pop-inspired fun. By Taro Nettleton

Anand Patwardhan: Exploring the lives of ordinary people in the context of issues of justice, religion and human relationships, the Indian documentary filmmaker has maintained a constant message of hope in the face of conflict and controversy. By Rosalyn D’Mello

Double Fly Art Center: What is the underlying strategy behind the Shanghai-based art collective’s grotesque performances? By Aimee Lin

Sun Xun: While increasing his presence internationally, the young Chinese artist has been working close to home, pioneering a new type of site-specific public art in the cinema of a local shopping centre in China. By Hanlu Zhang

Sun Ge: A professor at the Institute of Literature in the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Sun Ge asks whether ‘Asia’ could be defined beyond geographical terms, and what such definitions would mean for ‘Asian’ art. Interview by Aimee Lin

Hiraki Sawa: The Japanese-born artist’s latest animations play with linear and non-linear time, sequences and repetitions, willfully defying subjective interpretation. By Mark Rappolt

In Art Reviewed

Reviews from around the world

Chen Zhen: Without going to New York and Paris, life could be internationalized, at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Chen Zhen, at Frith Street Gallery, London

Liu Shiyuan: Lost in Export, at White Space, Beijing

Yan Lei: Rêverie, at Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing

Balance Sheets, at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Tao Hui: 1 Character & 7 Materials, at Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai

Construct / Construction, at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Dehli

Kyungah Ham: Phantom Footsteps, at Kukje Gallery, Seoul

Haegue Yang: Shooting the Elephant | Thinking the Elephant, at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

Hwayeon Nam: Time Mechanics, at Arko Art Center, Seoul

Rasheed Araeen: Minimalism Then and Now: 1960s – Present, at Aicon Gallery, New York

Paul Chan: Hippias Minor, at Deste Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse, Hydra

The Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art; Field Research: A Progress Report; Rirkrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow is the Question, at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow


Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring: Conversations with Artists from the Arab World, by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

An Era Without Memories, by Jian Jiehong

3 Parallel Artworlds: 100 Art Things from Chinese Modern History, edited by Chang Tsong-Zung, Gao Shiming and Valerie C. Doran

I’m Very into You: Correspondence 1995–1996, by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark

The Strip: A new work from Sung-hee Kim, introduced by Paul Gravett

Off the Record: Gallery Girl – Freeee-eee Ai Weiwei!