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Random Numbers, the new exhibition by Filipino artist Rodel Tapaya, depicts a chaotic, dense reality where a multitude of fragmented objects and living creatures entwine and decompose. Inspired by Filipino and Mexican mural painters, but also by surrealist artists, Tapaya draws a carnivalesque portrait of the Philippines and, beyond, of our contemporary societies driven by excesses and never-ending consumption.

Rodel Tapaya’s Random Numbers

Over the past two decades, Rodel Tapaya has become one of the leading Filipino artists of his generation, gaining international recognition in 2002 when he was awarded the Top Prize at the Nokia Art Awards Asia, followed by the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize in 2011.

The Resilient Evolution of Bangkok’s Art Ecosystem

The capital of Thailand’s name, Bangkok, hints at the city’s organic nature: Some scholars have suggested that it stems from the contraction of bang (บาง), meaning village, and makok (มะกอก), referring to a plant bearing olive-like fruit. With its rhizomatic structure and bottom-to-top dynamic, Bangkok’s art ecosystem epitomizes this characteristic perfectly.

Chaotic and energetic, the city showcases a genuine contemporary identity, thanks to its juxtapositions and contrasts – tradition and modernity, lushness and urbanity, glamour and rougher edges. With its Buddhist temples surrounded by luxury malls and advertising billboards, the city embodies the contemporary reconciliation between high and low art. Thus, the main characteristic of Bangkok’s art ecosystem is probably its hybrid and syncretic nature, blending traditions with today’s popular culture. Its hectic street culture and intangible cultural heritage – from monks’ chants to traditional tattoo art – have inspired many internationally established artists.

‘Vulnerability is a political act’: curator Alexie Glass-Kantor on Art Basel Hong Kong’s Encounters sector

‘Vulnerability is a political act in the 21st century,’ says Alexie Glass-Kantor. The executive director of Sydney’s Artspace and curator of Art Basel Hong Kong’s ever-popular Encounters sector, which is dedicated to large-scale artworks, has chosen to title this year’s edition ‘Still We Rise’. ‘We live in a Trumpian era, a Brexit era, a time of social, cultural, and political change across Asia,’ she says. ‘How do artists think about the ways in which artworks or ideas can be constructed to create a space of renewal, or alteration, or transformation?’

Dinh Q. Lê's Pure Land: Beauty in Everything

The effects of the Vietnam war are transfigured by American- Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê into mythological figures for the show “Pure Land” at Tang Contemporary Art, Bangkok

Curator Alexie Glass-Kantor Explains Art Basel’s Encounters Section

When Alexie Glass-Kantor begins curating the huge installations that comprise the Encounters section of Art Basel Hong Kong, it’s like the scene in a detective moviewhere the hero finally joins the dots of the mystery. “I basically sit on the floor and do a bit of old-school collaging with print-outs,”she says.

Meet the artists exhibiting at Encounters, Art Basel Hong Kong

The Encounters section at Art Basel Hong Kong, where large-scale sculptures and installations are shown, will reflect “the accelerated sense of absurdity at a time where persistent political revolutions and social uprisings are part of our new normal”, according to Alexie Glass-Kantor, the section’s curator for the fifth year running. “The theme, ‘Still We Rise’, explores thresholds between life and death, between collapse and resurrection.”

Art Basel Hong Kong: the dead cats and bullet holes inspiring modern Chinese art

Chinese contemporary art’s depth and variety is being showcased at this year’s Art Basel. A highlight is Tang Contemporary Art, presenting a blend of classic and up-and-coming Chinese artists including Zhao Zhao, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Qin Qi and Huang Yongping.

The Struggles of Installing Large-Scale Artworks in China

In the immediate aftermath of the first Taipei Dangdai Art Festival, images of a massive installation titled ‘KAWS: HOLIDAY’ were beamed around the world, and many began to hypothesize about the potential for Taipei’s art market to develop in the same way that Hong Kong’s has. With the opening of H Queen’s in Hong Kong, the region has seen an influx of famed international galleries, but what’s really driven the development of the art market in the city is the presence of Asia’s largest art fair, Art Basel Hong Kong.

Picturing Ai Weiwei in Istanbul

ISTANBUL — In an era where superstar Chinese artist Ai Weiwei feels ubiquitous, this past summer I experienced the full extent of that reality over the course of two months. After attending a New York preview for his new film about migrants, Human Flow (2017), I traveled to Israel to visit a major exhibition of his work at the Israel Museum in West Jerusalem, then a show of his porcelain works at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul. Shortly after that, I returned to New York City, right around the time his major public art project, Fences, opened. And these weren’t the only exhibitions by Ai being mounted around the world.

ENTANG WIHARSO AWARDED 2019 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP

On April 10, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation revealed the recipients of the 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships via the New York Times. Among the 168 fellows from various disciplines and backgrounds, and selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants, is artist Entang Wiharso.

How Malaysia got its first pavilion at Venice Biennale thanks to gallerist’s ‘fit of madness’

Malaysia will have a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the world’s most important contemporary art exhibition, for the first time, thanks to the efforts of a Kuala Lumpur art gallery owner.

White Rabbit Gallery brings a vision of contemporary China to NGV

When the White Rabbit Gallery opened a decade ago in Sydney's Chippendale, people would walk up and down the street, hesitant to step through its doors. Art galleries can be perceived as forbidding, but Dr Judith Neilson, founder and owner of the much-admired gallery, works against that sort of hurdle. She would send staff out to offer encouragement.

How the Curatorial Stereotyping of Chinese Art Essentializes the Work of Zheng Guogu

The juxtaposition of Guogu’s concurrent solo shows is a call to substitute a more rigorous and nuanced critical focus for ready-made stereotypical tropes in understanding contemporary Chinese art.

‘Holding Up a Mirror’: Malaysia’s first Venice Biennale

For Malaysia’s inaugural pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the theme and title of the exhibition, ‘May You Live in Interesting Times,’ is particularly fitting. For their first ever pavilion, the Malaysian National Art Gallery will present an exhibition by the name ‘Holding Up a Mirror.’ It will feature four Malaysian artists: Anurendra Jegadeva, H.H. Lim, Ivan Lam, and Zulkifli Yusoff and is directed and curated by Lim Wei-Ling, a Kuala Lumpur-based gallery owner.

10 Booths To Visit At Art Busan

From May 31 until June 2, South Korea’s second most populous city will welcome art lovers and collectors with the eighth edition of its fair, Art Busan. For those who are headed to town, we showcase 10 booths to check out.

MELCO LAUNCHES ART MACAO CONTRIBUTION AT MORPHEUS

Melco Resorts & Entertainment opened its Art Macao contribution yesterday at its Morpheus hotel. The opening ceremony was held on the 23rd floor of the hotel tower; a floor normally reserved for diners at its Chinese restaurant, but now open to the public for the five consecutive months of the Art Macao festival.

Awakenings: Social Activism In Asia That Speaks To The Masses

Following successive showings in Japan and Korea, Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s will make its Southeast Asian premiere at National Gallery Singapore from Friday, 14 June to Sunday, 15 September 2019. Featuring 142 provocative artworks by more than 100 artists from 12 countries in Asia, Awakenings spotlights a critical turning point in Asia’s post-war history that saw artists — and the public — assert their identity and become advocates for change through art.

‘Cry Joy Park’ at the Halsey examines the concept of paradise in Charleston

Jennifer Wen Ma first came to Charleston in 2015 as director and visual designer of Spoleto Festival’s production of “Paradise Interrupted.”

The artist, who designed a portion of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremonies, has applied her creative talents across mediums. For the Olympics, she created grandiose visual displays that incorporated light and dance. For Spoleto, she created an “installation opera,” a hybrid of performance and visual art.

ART MACAO | MGM UNLEASHES NEW INK INTERPRETATION WITH HUA YUAN

Supporting Art Macao, the city’s mega international art and cultural event, MGM is presenting the Hua Yuan exhibition at MGM Cotai. An opening ceremony was held at the property’s Spectacle on Friday.

MGM says that Hua Yuan stimulates interaction between art and the public. Through Hua Yuan, the essence of Chinese culture and art is preserved and progressed, allowing the public to experience the beauty of ink and wonder at its possibilities, the gaming operator noted in a statement.

‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25 August 2019), where works by 53 artists have been curated by Para Site's Cosmin Costinas and Claire Shea, along with RAM senior curators Hsieh Feng-Rong and Billy Tang.

Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market

Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise. Founded by the license holder of Harper's Bazaar Indonesia, the fair began as Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2008. While it's still owned by the same holding company, MRA Media Group, which owns Harper's Bazaar in Indonesia, it changed names to Art Jakarta in 2017, and received a further rebrand this year. The new logo (perhaps too cutely) adds bold to the middle syllable of Jakarta.

Abu Dhabi Art: 2019 edition of fair to launch dedicated gallery focus on India and China

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the 11th edition of Abu Dhabi’s premiere international art event, Abu Dhabi Art, will this year showcase 49 galleries and artists from the UAE, Europe, Asia and North America.

This Year’s Abu Dhabi Art Fair Reflects an Evolving Art Scene

On a balmy November evening, the 11th edition of Abu Dhabi Art kicked off at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, located on the Gulf of Abu Dhabi, with 50 global galleries and a slew of top-notch exhibitions.

Seeing Double: Seven Galleries Share Their Choice Behind Duo Fair Participation

Art fairs are expensive undertakings. This is no secret. From participation fee, artwork logistics, staff costs, to travel expenses and much more, the overheads quickly stack up to a hefty bill. No matter how deep the pockets of a gallery—and trust us, many are very deep—it’s still a financial cost that bears certain risk. So why then, are there an increasing number of galleries concurrently participating in ART021–now in its seventh year—and West Bund Art & Design, which is in its sixth year?

Arp Museum: Jonas Burgert 'Sinn frisst'

Jonas Burgert (b. 1969, living and working in Berlin) is one of the main figures of the current international art scene. His works are overwhelming in format and content, full of contrasts and enigmas, timeless and symbolic. Especially for the large solo show at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, he creates new monumental paintings and expansive sculptures. In addition, there are small-format works – mainly portraits.

Hong Kong art galleries open for business despite coronavirus and Art Basel cancellation

Several art galleries continue to hold planned exhibitions despite the health emergency in Hong Kong. ‘We want to support our artists,’ one gallery says.

In some cases viewing is by appointment only, and others have shorter opening hours. Meanwhile, government-run museums are set to reopen in March.

Artnet Gallery Network: Artworks From Artnet’s Gallery Network That Our Experts Are Loving This Week

Feng Yan is one of the most renowned photography artists in China. As the title suggests, Psychedelic Bamboo celebrates the nearly surreal ubiquity of bamboo in both Chinese art and nature with a nod to Western psychedelic culture. This abstraction of nature echos both the dynamic nonrepresentational style often used in traditional Chinese calligraphy, yet it is distanced further by the use of photography. The psychedelic effect more or less alludes to the psychological response to the transformation of a rather ordinary and commonplace natural object into a romanticized image.

Clouds Gathering and Unfolding: An Exhibition of Modern Chinese Art on Paper

Ichihara Lakeside Museum is holdding an exhibition of 7 Chinese contemporary artists on the theme of “paper” with a guest curator Zheng Yan.


Paper is one of the four inventions (compass, gunpowder, paper, printing) in ancient China. The invention of paper promoted the exchanges of literatures, books, science and culture, which contributed the development of world civilization. Japan was founded under the influence of Chinese civilization, not only close in distance, but also culturally closely linked. The culture developed through the medium of paper, such as calligraphy and paintings, is influenced by China in every way.


In the exhibition, the theme of 雲卷雲舒(Yunjuan Yunshu); how clouds gathering around the sun and unfolding in the sky, shows a horizon of the contemporary artistic expression of using paper as a material.

THE ALLURE OF MATTER: MATERIAL ART FROM CHINA

There was a lofty goal behind “The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Positioning the exhibition’s works by 21 artists as their examples, co-curators Wu Hung and Orianna Cacchione attempted to coin the phrase “Material Art,” or caizhi yishu, with the hopes that it would enter the art historical lexicon as a new lens through which to understand contemporary Chinese art against a global (or perhaps more specifically, Western) landscape. According to Wu’s accompanying catalogue essay, the term Material Art more aptly describes the practices of artists who gravitate toward specific materials, but who have been wrongly and awkwardly categorized under Western art labels such as “Conceptual Art, assemblage, readymades or object-based art.” In Wu’s estimation, these artists rely on materials to convey socio-political or personal messages.

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. Their media range from the commonplace to the unconventional, the natural to the synthetic, the elemental to the composite: from plastic, water, and wood, to hair, tobacco, and Coca-Cola. Artists continue to explore and develop this creative mode, with some devoting decades of their practice to experiments with a single material. The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history. Some of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists today are featured in this exhibition, including Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and Ai Weiwei. The Allure of Matter premieres at LACMA before traveling to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum, and finally the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

AND NOW. The second decade of the White Rabbit Collection

With a penchant for obscure metaphors and cryptic imagery, the “Misty Poets” were a little-known movement that flourished in China during the turbulent years between 1979 and 1989. Challenging Maoist artistic ideology, their poems, like the clouds themselves, were veiled and nebulous. Today, as creative restrictions continue to expand and contract in China, their legacy of ambiguity and oblique condemnation endures.

【CGTN】Wang Qingsong's exhibition in Beijing shares hope with viewers

The works of one of Asia's most famous photographers is on display at the Tang Contemporary Art gallery. Wang Qingsong's exhibition comprises over 20 works created over the past two decades. Wang created "On the Field of Hope" during the pandemic this year. The work shares its name with a popular song from the 1980s. Wang chose the song as the title for his latest exhibition, as the song of hope resonates deeply with him."I lost my father in the 80s. For years, it was very gloomy. This song encouraged me. It gave me strength to move forward. I think it fits now during the pandemic too. We all encounter these undesirable moments in our lives, but we still need to be hopeful for the future no matter what disasters we are facing," said Wang.

Top 5 Asian Artists to Look Out for This Summer

Another summer is here, and another amazing number of artistic offerings and exhibitions from Asian artists are made known. Here is a list of Asian artists we think will make waves this summer who is a must to watch out for over the warmer months. Hailing from across the region these artists represent the great works coming out of this continent. From the more established works of artists from mainland China to the exciting works coming out of South East Asia, this list is sure to pique any art lover’s interest.

Asian artfest at Iconsiam

A curated selection of outstanding artworks by renowned local and international contemporary artists is exhibited during the pop-up exhibition "The Space Between Us II" which is running at Iconluxe, 1st floor of Iconsiam, Charoen Nakhon Road, until March 3.

This is the second instalment of a collaboration between Tang Contemporary Art and Iconsiam, which presents two dozen artworks, mostly acrylic and oil on canvas paintings, as well as some fine art prints and sculptures by a total of 19 artists.

Sheng Zhang-Solo Exhibition of Chen Yujun

Long Museum (West Bund) presents the large solo exhibition of Chen Yujun entitled “Sheng Zhang” from 31 January to 9 May 2021. It focuses on Chen’s recent socially engaged practice, which includes the cross-boundary experiments completed in collaboration with creators in other sectors, the repeated attempts to construct his native place as the local field, while highlighting the artist’s latest ink-collage series. The mere aim is to give a comprehensive introduction of his evolving language for the plane constitution.

Arp Museum: Jonas Burgert 'Sinn frisst'

Jonas Burgert (b. 1969, living and working in Berlin) is one of the main figures of the current international art scene. His works are overwhelming in format and content, full of contrasts and enigmas, timeless and symbolic. Especially for the large solo show at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, he creates new monumental paintings and expansive sculptures. In addition, there are small-format works – mainly portraits.

Hong Kong art galleries open for business despite coronavirus and Art Basel cancellation

Despite the cancellation of two major contemporary art fairs – Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central – in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, it is business as usual, more or less, for many Hong Kong art galleries.

11 Artworks From Artnet’s Gallery Network That Our Experts Are Loving This Week

Feng Yan is one of the most renowned photography artists in China. As the title suggests, Psychedelic Bamboo celebrates the nearly surreal ubiquity of bamboo in both Chinese art and nature with a nod to Western psychedelic culture. This abstraction of nature echos both the dynamic nonrepresentational style often used in traditional Chinese calligraphy, yet it is distanced further by the use of photography. The psychedelic effect more or less alludes to the psychological response to the transformation of a rather ordinary and commonplace natural object into a romanticized image.

“Clouds Gathering and Unfolding: Paper” a contemporary Chinese art exhibition An Interview with Guest Curator Zheng Yan

“Clouds Gather and Unfolding: Paper” an Exhibition of Modern Chinese Art on Paper” reopened at the Ichihara Lakeside Museum, which had been temporarily closed since April as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Organized as one of the main programs of “Boso-Satoyama Art Festival: ICHIHARA ART x MIX” postponed until March next year, the exhibition was prepared via remote instructions from the participating artists and guest curator who were unable to travel to Japan from China. What did they feel, and under what kind of mindset did they send off their works? What did they wish to communicate? We spoke with guest curator Zheng Yan online, and asked her to share her thoughts.

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. Their media range from the commonplace to the unconventional, the natural to the synthetic, the elemental to the composite: from plastic, water, and wood, to hair, tobacco, and Coca-Cola. Artists continue to explore and develop this creative mode, with some devoting decades of their practice to experiments with a single material. The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history. Some of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists today are featured in this exhibition, including Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and Ai Weiwei. The Allure of Matter premieres at LACMA before traveling to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum, and finally the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Dans une usine de rêves qui pensent - Interview with Adel Abdessemed by Alexia Antsakli Vardinoyanni

Two full-scale cast-steel pigeons, each with strips of dynamite and a Blackberry phone tied to its back, sit quietly in Adel Abdessemed’s Parisian studio. Dressed in his trademark blue pants, a black shirt and a matching jacket, the forty-nine-year-old Franco Algerian fixes his gaze on these humble city dwellers and contemplates a modern urbanity as described by Marc Augé in which the city is filled with non-places like cash dispensing machines, banks, airports, train stations, autoroutes, parking garages and lots.

‘Heavenly Bodies in the South’: Exotic and romantic

AFTER being stuck indoors and watching online virtual exhibitions for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s embark on an exotic and romantic journey to the “Heavenly Bodies in the South” exhibition in He Xiangning Art Museum.

Bizarre and surreal scenes, such as Ho Chi Minh with a group of Edgar Degas’ ballerinas in a moonlight-washed island full of palm trees or Jack Ma in an Arabic outfit leaning against a camel and resting in a desert, can be seen in paintings among the nearly 50 exhibits created by Chinese artist Qin Qi and Philippine artist Rodel Tapaya.

Wang Qingsong's exhibition in Beijing shares hope with viewers

The works of one of Asia's most famous photographers is on display at the Tang Contemporary Art gallery. Wang Qingsong's exhibition comprises over 20 works created over the past two decades.

Wang created "On the Field of Hope" during the pandemic this year. The work shares its name with a popular song from the 1980s.

Top 5 Asian Artists to Look Out for This Summer

Another summer is here, and another amazing number of artistic offerings and exhibitions from Asian artists are made known. Here is a list of Asian artists we think will make waves this summer who is a must to watch out for over the warmer months. Hailing from across the region these artists represent the great works coming out of this continent. From the more established works of artists from mainland China to the exciting works coming out of South East Asia, this list is sure to pique any art lover’s interest.

Chen Tianzhuo: Meshing Visual & Performance Art

Born in 1985, Beijing, China, artist Chen Tianzhuo received his Master’s in Fine Arts degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Drawing from his experiences in London, Chen began synthesizing the artistic disciplines of installation, performance, video, drawing, and photography. Adopting an eclectic and multidisciplinary practice, it blurs the boundaries between visual and performative art.

Busan Museum of Art | The Scar

The Chinese Economic Reform (改革開放 gaige kaifang, or ‘reform and opening up’) that began in the 1980s has led to China’s rapid growth, but this advancement has not come without the darker side of capitalism. Public outcry demanding democratization led to demonstrations, while income bipolarization was exacerbated. While the first generation of Chinese contemporary artists manifested a critical attitude towards the system and the government, the most recent trends have involved increasingly diverse responses to the Western modernism that young artists have been exposed to since the opening. Against this backdrop, we have invited three leading Chinese artists reflecting the latest trends in contemporary Chinese art: Zhu Jinshi, a first-generation artist after the beginning of the Chinese Economic Reform; Song Dong, a leading proponent of the resistance art movement of the 1990s known as ‘Apartment Art’; and Liu Wei, who is known for remarkable inter-media approaches. In particular, we seek to not merely show a few important historical moments and their representative artistic styles, but provide a condensed overview of chronological developments starting from the 4th June incident of late 80s, which represented an indelible turning point in modern Chinese history...

#NoFilter: in conversation with renowned Thai artist “Gongkan” Kantapon Metheekul

Bangkok’s cultural scene never fails to impress us with its new talents and thought-provoking arts. The city has become a hot haven for dynamic up-and-coming artists, welcoming innovative ideas and talents with open arms. Dedicated to all these creatives in town, this series explores the journey and the edgy personalities of some of the most notable rising stars in the country.

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