previews

Kim Young Jin, I, My, Me, 2004, 2-channel synchronized video projection, pleated screen, two DVD players, and two projectors.

San Diego

Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
November 6–March 6

The regionally themed survey of contemporary Asian art, met with generic “East meets West” curatorial rhetoric, can seem as outdated as fusion cuisine. After a nearly decadelong succession of such offerings, “Past in Reverse” explores how twenty-one artists and collectives reinterpret indigenous forms such as scroll paintings. The show not only presents the usual suspects (Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Qingsong) but also takes a risk with a long roster of unknowns, suggesting that while East Asia now has claim to a bevy of internationally established artists, it remains a hotbed of experimentation.