brisbane-australia

6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery

Since 1993, the Queensland Art Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art has been the most important art show regularly held in Australia. With this latest version, it has become the best. Installed in the Queensland Art Gallery and the cavernous spaces of the new Gallery of Modern Art on the banks of the Brisbane River, the Sixth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, or APT6, is a grandiose aesthetic statement that makes it clear that Asian art has definitively arrived—but, paradoxically, only because it is now indistinguishable from Western art and because, perhaps, no one really makes art anymore.

Take Japanese artist Kohei Nawa’s PixCell-Elk #2, 2009, one of the iconic works of the show, featured heavily in the advertising and on the cover of the exhibition catalogue. A large taxidermied elk, covered in glass balls that reflect both the elk and the person looking at

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