Inside the issue...
Lee Kit interviewed: Anthony Yung catches up with his friend Lee Kit for ArtReview: Asia – as the artist prepares for his exhibition You (you), for Hong Kong’s representation in Venice, and uncovers what’s behind his passion for collecting, painting, politics, the power of objects and his vast reading list.
Lionel Wendt explored: Photographer Lionel Wendt (1900-1944) started late and died young but after decades of obscurity his work, and particularly the way that it appropriates Surrealism, is attracting attention from collectors and curators alike. Niru Ratnam tells the story of Sri Lanka’s best-kept artistic secret.
Rashid Rana in the spotlight: As the Lahore-based artist moves away from the inflammatory imagery of his early photomosaics, has he also reconciled his relationship to commodifcation? Christopher Mooney finds out when he talks to him for ArtReview: Asia.
Art People interviews: Who’s who on the Asian art scene. Richard Chang – The Collector, Xu Bing – The Academician, Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi – The Foundation Director, Monique Burger – The Collector, Magnus Renfrew – The Fair Director, Tim Blum – The Gallerist, Xu Zhen – The Artist, Urs Meile – The Gallerist, Lars Nittve – The Museum Director.
Exclusive new artist project commissions: Photophobia by Chai Siri & Apichatpong Weerasethakul and 402, Snow, A Fox Outside the Window: A Film for Reading by Yang Fudong.
Columns: Art Biennials: Heading South? – As the 55th Venice Biennale rolls around this summer, Chris Sharp wonders whether it is time for a new model that reflects the shift in artworld power away from traditional centres. Jikken
Kobo: Bauhaus without a building? – Joshua Mack argues the case for the Japanese postwar collective. Zegna
Public/India: In Mumbai, Mike Watson finds a potentially viable model in India’s first ever public-private funded arts initiative.
Exhibition Previews: Pipilotti Rist at Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; Shi Qing at ShanghART, Beijing; Wang Xingwei at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing; Jake & Dinos Chapman at White Cube, Hong Kong; Truth, Beauty, Art and History at Chi K11 Art Space, Shanghai; Sifang Art Museum Inaugural Show, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing; Subjective Truth, Contemporary Art from Thailand at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Writings Without Borders at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong.
Comic Strip artist: Junko Mizuno – Paul Gravett introduces a comic strip artist whose work fuses influences from 1970s Japan, English Victorian decadence and the floating world of ukiyo-e.
And…Off the Record: Gallery Girl on the birthplace of art.