ArtReview Asia Winter issue

Body Politics – Eisa Jocson, Gudskul, Pinaree Sanpitak, the Singapore Biennale, Annie Leibovitz, India’s forgotten painters, and more


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In its Winter issue, ArtReview Asia looks at artists and collectives who offer alternate readings of the ‘body’, and the ways in which it can be activated politically, socially, and, more abstractly, as a form of collaboration. 

Stephen Wilson profiles Manila-based artist and winner of this year’s Hugo Boss Asia Art Prize Eisa Jocson, whose performative work unpick the costumes and fantasies that clothe Disney princesses, male macho dancers and strippers to reveal the body as a site of commercial exploitation. 

Annie Jael Kwan visits the Gudskul, an educational and studio-based ecosystem cofounded by artist collective and Documenta 15 curators ruangrupa on the southern outskirts of Jakarta, which is rethinking the collaborative models in Indonesia. 

Meanwhile, Elaine Chiew considers two exhibitions in Singapore dedicated to Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak, who has, over two decades, returned to the motif of the ‘breast stupa’ that plays on the tension between female intimacy and the spiritual (and largely male) Tibetan monkhood.

Also in this issue

Art historian William Darlymple talks to ArtReview Asia about ‘Company Painting’, a genre of figurative art produced by Indian artists for patrons associated with the East India Company; American photographer Annie Leibovitz tells Fi Churchman about the early period of her career working for Rolling Stone and photographing Andy Warhol, ahead of an exhibition she’s about to open in Hong Kong; Mark Rappolt catches up with Patrick D. Flores, curator of this year’s Singapore Biennial, to discuss new systems for museum exhibitions that privilege the local over the global; and from Shanghai Art Week to the Sharjah Architecture Triennale, Nirmala Devi runs her rule over 25 key exhibitions across the region that you won’t want to miss this season.

Plus

Reviews from around the world including the Asian Art Biennale; the Okayama Art Summit; Then at White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney; Liang Luscombe at Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; Eavesdropping at City Gallery, Wellington; Mit Jai Inn at Silverlens, Manila; Korakrit Arunanondchai at Secession, Vienna; Inhwan Oh at Commonwealth and Council/Baik Art, Los Angeles; Li Binyuan at Rén Space, Shanghai; Tang Ho-Jung at TFAM, Taipei; the Istanbul Biennial; and more

Books including Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities that Define a Civilisation, an epic study of the Arab world by Justin Marozzi; Gathering: Political Writing on Art and Culture, a compilation of essays by one of the Philippines’ greatest art critics, Marian Pastor Roces; two artist books, Dusadee Huntrakul’s based-on-a-true-story Grandma I Want a Penis and Sohrab Hura’s self-published photobook The Coast; and more

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