ArtReview Asia Summer issue

Featuring Liu Chuang, Yang Fudong, Praneet Soi, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Adam Thirlwell on translation, seasonal previews, reviews and more


Liu Chuang
The Hubei-born artist unearths the rogue use of hydroelectricity produced by dams across Asia harnessed by bitcoin miners, and considers the way humans interact with the landscape, both symbiotically and parasitically. By Mark Rappolt

In Translation
Novelist Adam Thirlwell and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist discuss créolité, (mis)translation and their upcoming curated project Studio Créole

Yang Fudong
Ahead of an upcoming show in London, the filmmaker and artist talks to ArtReview about finding his source material in China’s history and his ongoing project in which he foregrounds the process of filmmaking. By Mark Rappolt

Praneet Soi
The Amsterdam-based artist engages with the materials and crafts of South Asia, shared genealogies, the trade routes that brought Asia’s artefacts to Europe and the assimilation of cultures. By Shwetal Patel

Michael Rakowitz
Ahead of his retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (and after pulling out from two exhibitions in protest of the institutions’ dubious sponsorship), the American artist talks to Oliver Basciano about cultural heritage, institutional ethics and what art history means to him. By Oliver Basciano

From the archive
A selection of reviews and features on South Asian art and artists from 1952–1961. By Asper, John Berger, G. M. Butcher, Maurice Collis, Ranjit Fernando, Peter de Francia, J.P. Hodin, F. Joss


ArtReview Asia’s guide to the best exhibitions to see this Summer in Hong Kong, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai, Singapore, Guangzhou, Busan, Taipei, Edinburgh and Paris. By Nirmala Devi

Charu Nivedita writes from Madras about the results of the India’s General Election

Future Great: curator Natasha Ginwala profiles Fazal Rizvi

International reviews including…
58th Venice Biennale: May You Live in Interesting Times, by Ben Eastham
Arahmaiani at Museum MACAN, Jakarta, by Mark Rappolt
Lavanya Mani at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, by Rahel Aima
The National 2019: New Australian Art, various venues, Sydney, by Micheal Do
Jack Whitten at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, by Martin Herbert
Mike Nelson at Proto Cinema, Istanbul, by Ben Eastham
Denzil Forrester at Stephen Friedman, London, by Louise Darblay
Liliane Lijn at Rodeo, London, by Oliver Basciano

And books including…

Insurgent Empire, by Priyamvada Gopal
Broken Stars, edited by Ken Liu
The Last Leonardo, by Ben Lewis
A place that exists only in moonlight, by Katie Paterson
We, the Survivors, by Tash Aw
Clone, by Priya Sarukkai Chabria