• Duan Jianyu, Go, Go, Smart No. 3, 2014, oil on canvas, 55 1/8 × 74 5/8". From the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

    8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

    Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery Of Modern Art
    November 21–April 10

    Curated by Maud Page, Chris Saines, and Aaron Seeto

    Founded in 1993, the Asia Pacific Triennial provided early institutional reinforcement for an emerging geography in contemporary art. Amid a broader climate of Australian support for integration into Asia, the exhibition assembled an impressive roster of curatorial advisers to stage groundbreaking dialogues in the region. The triennial has since commissioned work that has helped to contour the post-1989 history of Asian and Pacific art. In its third decade, the project faces the challenge of maintaining urgency to avoid becoming, at base, a museum-acquisitions scheme. Its eighth edition is set to engage domestic cultural politics with the welcome inclusion of rebels Richard Bell and Juan Davila and to prospect in new territories as it includes, for the first time, artists from Mongolia, Nepal, the Kyrgyz Republic, Iraq, and Georgia. A conference reflecting the exhibition’s focus on the human form in the midst of political crisis should invite robust conversation.