ArtReview Asia Spring 2018 issue

Featuring Wolfgang Tillmans, a Shanzhai special,Jakarta's art scene, the films of Wang Bing, a report from Mumbai, international reviews, columns and more



Art Previewed

Nirmala Devi’s pick of twenty-eight shows to see this Spring – in Hong Kong, Paris, Kolkata, Taipei, Istanbul, Aomori, Sydney, Cologne, Adelaide, Chiang Mai, Sharjah, Tokyo and Birmingam

Under the Paving Stones: Mumbai – On a tour of the Indian megalopolis’s art scene, Mark Rappolt sees facets of himself reflected back at him

Our columnists have their say…

Skye Arundhati Thomas on how Khoj International Artists’ Association are rethinking the artwolrd infrastructures; Charu Nivedita recalls the bloody aftermath following the assassination of Indira Gandhi; Prabda Yoon on why Thai political activist and writer Siburapha should be a household name; Mark Rappolt on the Dhaka Art Summit; and Adeline Chia on the mushrooming of makeshift art spaces in Singapore.

Art Featured

Wolfgang Tillmans
The German artist speaks to Aimee Lin as he opens his first solo show in Hong Kong; followed by a photocollage by the artist

Xin Zhou looks at the Chinese phenomenon and its resonances beyond the production and consumption of counterfeited goods. Plus a curatorial project by The Shanzhai Lyric 

The Indonesian capital’s art scene is experiencing a coming-of-age, Adeline Chia reports

Wang Bing
Benny Shaffer finds that the extreme duration of the Chinese filmmaker’s works and their unflinching confrontation with social suffering witness to the histories of those rocked by China’s tumultuous waves of change

Art Reviewed

International exhibition reviews

 NGV Triennial, Melbourne, by Tristen Harwood

Tong Kunniao at Platform China, Beijing, by Tom Mouna

Wu Tsang at Antenna Space, Shanghai, by Xin Zhou

Hugo Boss Asia Art 2017 at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, by Kang Kang

Yin-Ju Chen at TKG+, Taipei, by Guo Juan

When is Space? An exhibition on contemporary architecture, at Jawahar Kala Kendra, by Skye Arundhati Thomas

Persevering Traditions at Sakshi Gallery, by Skye Arundhati Thomas

Melati Suryodarmo at Shanghart, Singapore, by Adeline Chia

Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna at National Gallery Singapore, by Adeline Chia

Danh Vo at Guggenheim Museum, New York, by Ben Eastham

Hassan Sharif at Sharjah Art Foundation, by Paul Laster

Shahpour Pouyan at Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, by Rahel Aima

Sahej Rahal at Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, by Fi Churchman

From Ear to Ear to Eye at Nottingham Contemporary, by Nadia Quadmani

Jewyo Rhii at Amanda Wilkinson, London, by Edward Ball


Marginal Man, by Charu Nivedita
The White Book, by Han Kang
Russian Cosmism, edited by Boris Groys
Djinn City, by Saad Z. Hossain
Thai Art: Currencies of the Contemporary, by David Teh
Singapore, by Nguan


A new strip by Sheila Putri; and Gallery Girl gets banned from Art Basel Hong Kong.