ArtReview Asia Summer 2015

featuring Charles Lim, Liu Wei, Yoshitomo Nara, Lee Ufan, Amanda Heng, Nguan and more….


In Art Previewed

ArtReview Asia previews Ten Venice National Pavilions at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Korean Pavilion, By Hettie Judah

MOON Kyungwong & JEON Joonho (Korean Pavilion)

Heri Dono (Indonesian Pavilion)

Tsang Kin-Wah (Hong Kong Pavilion)

Chiharu Shiota (Japan Pavilion)

Tie a String Around the World (Philippine Pavilion)

Wu Tien-chang (Taiwan Pavilion)

Sarkis (Pavilion of Turkey)

Armenity (Republic of Armenia Pavilion)

Kamol Tassananchalee (Thai Pavilion)

Enkhbold Togmidshiirev, Unen Enkh (Mongolia Pavilion)

Points of View – our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond:

Andrew Berardini on the colour ochre; Jonathan T.D. Neil on the post-financial crisis meaning of ‘derivative’ work; House M & House N, by fiction writer, critic and curator, Hu Fang.

Artists and Their Ideas: Rashid Rana & Shilpa Gupta on My East in Your West, their joint collateral event, representing both India and Pakistan at this year’s Venice Biennale. Interview by Charu Maithani

In Art Featured

Charles Lim

The Singaporean artist’s SEA STATE (2005–15) project presented in the Singapore Pavilion at this years’ Venice Biennale investigates the way we look a water. By Mark Rappolt

Yoshimoto Nara

A key figure in bringing ‘Kawaii’ to life and then exporting it to the world, the Japanese artist speaks about the importance of personal narrative in his art, and why he never sets out to make an artwork. Interview by Aimee Lin


The elusive Singaporean photographer who hardly has exhibitions and doesn’t really sell any works, but has made a difficult place much easier to love. By Adeline Chia

Liu Wei

The Chinese artist, whose complex sculptures and installations relate to without representing the human body. By Edward Sanderson

Lee Ufan

The influential Korean artist who fuses Eastern and Western philosophy to make works that concentrate attention on the slowness of experience, the encounter of human and natural orders, and the silent language of things. By Wenny Teo

Amanda Heng

The pioneering artist who documents the effects of nation-building on the lives of ordinary Singaporeans. By Vera Mey

Something Rather Girlish About His Manner

How a freethinking generation of Chinese menswear designers is redrawing gender lines in fashion. By Hettie Judah

Shinro Ohtake

Scrapbook #66, an extract from the Japanese artist’s ongoing Scrapbooks project.

In Art Reviewed

Reviews from around the world

Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, 2015, at various venues, Kyoto

Leung Chi Wo and Sara Wong, at Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

Mobile M+: Moving Images, at various sites, Hong Kong

Hu Zi, at Don Gallery, Shanghai

Liao Guohe, at Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing

Rina Banerjee, at Ota Fine Arts, Singapore

Huang Yong Ping and Sakarin Krue-on, at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Sharjah Biennial, at various venues, Sharjah

Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, at Green Art Gallery, Dubai

We Come From the Water, at Lychee One, London

Wu Tsang, at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, at MoMA, New York


Hong Kong Parr, by Martin Parr

I Am a Script, by Freya Zhou and Yu Cheng-Ta

In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, by Anne Nishimura Morse and Anne E. Havinga

Stationary 1, edited by Christina Li and Heman Chong

The Strip: A new work from Sonny Liew, introduced by Paul Gravett

Off the Record: Gallery Girl – in India.