Ho Rui An

  • The Artists’ Artists

    To take stock of the past year, Artforum asked an international group of artists to select a single exhibition or event that most memorably captured their eye in 2018.

    Barbara Kruger

    Bodys Isek Kingelez and “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980” (Museum of Modern Art, New York, on view through January 1 and January 13, 2019, respectively) Kingelez’s “City Dreams” is all dazzling skill and deep style: a jammy urbanity emblazoned with invented corporate and government logos that speak to both the hope for a peaceful world and the seductions of global capital. The Congolese

  • Kray Chen, Waiting for the Bird, 2016, installation view.
    picks April 22, 2016

    Kray Chen

    The centerpiece of Kray Chen’s exhibition features an unlikely configuration of mah-jongg tiles. Waiting for the Bird, 2016, has a small square table that will fit exactly fourteen mah-jongg tiles on each edge—the number required to complete a winning hand. Sitting on this table are four combinations of thirteen tiles, each awaiting the crucial last tile. To players of the popular game from China, these four extremely rare winning combinations-to-be are the stuff of legend, and in television and cinema they are milked for the incredulity of their occurrence in scenes of overblown one-upmanship.

  • View of “Wong Ping,” 2015.
    picks October 21, 2015

    Wong Ping

    A friend recently asked if the name Things That Can Happen—which belongs to a new nonprofit Hong Kong art space cofounded by Lee Kit and Chantal Wong—is intended to invoke some theoretical point about objects and their social lives. The connection was far-fetched, given that the space was conceived in response to what the founders saw as the city’s creative awakening following the 2014 resistance movements, but the question may well serve as a useful entry point into the venue’s inaugural show, “Jungle of Desire,” featuring animator Wong Ping. Better known in film circuits for his sordid urban