ArtReview Asia Summer 2017

Future Greats issue – 12 artists setting new agendas for art; 24 artist manifestos on what will inspire their creation over the coming year; plus a large selection of reviews and previews from across Asia and beyond; books and more



Nirmala Devi picks 17 must-see exhibitions this summer – in Seoul, Tasmania, Beijing, Mumbai, Manchester, Tokyo, Istanbul, Shanghai, Berlin, Tokyo, Canberra, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Osaka, Manila, Yokohama and Sapporo. Read part one and part two

Future Greats, in association with K11 Art Foundation

ArtReview Asia  asked curators, writers and artists to select 12 artists they think will be setting new agendas over the coming year:

Ho Rui An, selected by Anselm Franke
Hsu Chia-wei, selected by Ho Tzu Nyen
Thakol Khao Sa-ad, selected by David Teh
T. Shanaathanan, selected by Mark Rappolt
Li Jingxiong, selected by Li Qi
Evelyn Taocheng Wang, by Christina Li
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, selected by Esther Lu
Stefan Endry Pragusta, selected by Eko Nugroho
Zhao Yang, selected by Jilly Ding Kit
Hao Jingban, selected by Aimee Lin
Orawan Arunrak, selected by Arin Rungang
ShimuraBros, selected by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa

Catalysts for change

As part of Future Greats, ArtReview Asia also asked 24 international artists what might be a catalyst or motivation in art in the year to come. Contributors include:

Rana Begum, Chim Pom, Simryn Gill, Thomas Hirschhorn, Geraldine Javier, Bharti Kher, Le Brothers, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Yuko Mohri, Nguan, Nipan Oranniwesna, Park Chan-Kyong, Raqs Media Collective, Chiharu Shiota, Yutaka Sone, Kunié Sugiura, Melati Suryodarmo, Koki Tanaka, Maria Taniguchi, The Propeller Group, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Samson Young and Zhang Peili

Our columnists have their say…

In the latest fiction from Hu Fang, the narrator is seduced into joining a night-school to learn divination; in the latest instalment of ‘Notes from Madras’, Charu Nivedita contemplates the role of karma in shaping his life; in Jeddah, Kevin Jones visits the three-part exhibition Safar and find themes of dystopia, abandon and a fragile sense of temporality


Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs at Para Site, Hong Kong, by Ming Lin
Chen Yujun at Bank and Arario Gallery, Shanghai, by Fi Churchman
Song Dong at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, by Julie Chun
Teng Chao-Ming at Cube Project Space, Taipei, by Guo Juan
Jakkai Siributr at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, by Max Crosbie-Jones
Kyotographie International Photography Festival, Kyoto, by Darryl Wee
Lotus Land at Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, by Aimee Lin
Natee Utarit at Ayala Museum, Manila, by Tony Godfrey
Native Revisions at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, by Adeline Chia
Bahar Yürükoğlu at Art Sümer, Istanbul, by Sarah Jilani
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, by Rahel Aima
But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988–2008 at NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, by Murtaza Vali
Lala Rukh at Grey Noise, Dubai, by Rahel Aima
Nalini Malani at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, by Sam Steverlynck
Haegue Yang at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, by Aimee Lin
Zhang Peili at The Art Institute of Chicago, by Mark LeBlanc
Aki Sasamoto at The Kitchen, New York, by Xiaoyu Weng
Bruce Yonemoto at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Los Angeles, by John Tain


Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, by Yiyun Li
Ghachar Ghochar, by Vivek Shanbhag
Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art, edited by Jeffrey Say and Seng Yu Jin
The Sad Part Was, by Prabda Yoon
Desert of Pharan: Unofficial Histories Behind the Mass Expansion of Mecca, by Ahmed Mater
Contemporary Art and Digital Culture, by Melissa Gronlund


A new strip by Ken Niimura, introduced by Paul Gravett; and, conspiring to overthrow Western galleries, Gallery Girl masterminds a deadly coup at Art Basel…

13 June 2017