Philip Tinari

“Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art: The Moving Image in China 1988–2011”

September 2011

When the Minsheng Art Museum opened in April 2010, it offered viewers an authoritative thirty-year survey of contemporary Chinese painting (as one might expect to find on permanent display in a national museum here, but never does). … READ ON

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Namoc International Media Art Triennial 2011

May 2011

Ever since Jiang Zemin’s “Theory of the Three Represents” enshrined the pursuit of “advanced culture” as official dogma back in 2002, Chinese authorities have had a thing for media art. … READ ON

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10,000 Maniacs

The opening of the eighth Gwangju Biennale

September 2010 GWANGJU

IN THE GROUND-FLOOR CAFÉ of Gwangju’s Biennale Hall one afternoon last week, a cipher lurked. Approaching the caffeine seekers, he waved the front page from a morning paper showing the opening of the dismal Art Gwangju fair the night … READ ON

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Opening Salvo

ShContemporary and openings in Shanghai

September 2009 SHANGHAI

ONE OF THE GREAT HISTORICAL CLICHÉS of roaring Shanghai has to do with the Japanese intrusion of the 1930s, when, as the story goes, the dance halls and jazz clubs of the Bund remained open even as the gunships launched rounds from the river… READ ON

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Haegue Yang

September 2009

Haegue Yang’s slatted shades are central to a distinctive sculptural vocabulary the artist has been tweaking for nearly two years.… READ ON

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Eye for an Ai

Ai Weiwei at the Mori Art Museum

August 2009 TOKYO

POSTERS PRONOUNCING AI WEIWEI THE MOST EVOCATIVE CREATOR IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA greeted me as I alighted through the Roppongi subway station last Friday at the end of a long journey from New York, having arrived in Tokyo just in time for the… READ ON

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Shanghaila Shanghailorum

A Yang Fudong opening at Zendai MoMA

May 2009 SHANGHAI

PERHAPS BECAUSE DANIEL BIRNBAUM’S VENICE looms just around the corner, the pithy first sentence (borrowed from Borges) of his Chronology tended to linger over a weekend of openings in Shanghai: “I tend to return—eternally—to the … READ ON

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Yan Pei-Ming

May 2009

Yan Pei-Ming’s clarion portraits of political and cultural celebrities have always fit awkwardly into the narrative of contemporary art in China. Subtitled “Nature and Innocents,” the exhibition will offer more than 150 new works by … READ ON

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OPENINGS: CHU YUN

March 2009

CHU YUN’S “SOAP PIECE” became something of an improbable legend in the Chinese art world in 2008. This sculpture, actually titled Who Has Stolen Our Bodies?, consists of used bars of soap, collected from friends and acquaintances, … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2009 [TOC]

“The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989”

January 2009

“The Third Mind” looks to subvert the narrative of cultural influence’s one-way flow from West to East by focusing on how artists, writers, and filmmakers in the United States have consistently drawn on “Asian” (mainly Japanese, … READ ON

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