Li Ming, Rendering the Mind, 2017, video still
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LEO XU PROJECTS, SHANGHAI 2014.11.23~2015.01.04 Cui Jie’s solo exhibition “The Proposals for Old and New Urbanism” surveys paintings of urban architecture produced over the last two years, among which the figure of the overpass marks one of the major scenes. The right half of the new work Vision underneath the Overpass is filled with metal…

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ANTENNA SPACE, SHANGHAI 2014.11.08~2015.01.15 Yu Honglei belongs to a group of young artists making an impression based on their interest in cultural spaces beyond the art world. Although their work does not always stylistically diverge from the admittedly louder and brasher emerging artists focusing on the mechanics of the art world itself, their break is…

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Ang Song Nian’s latest solo exhibition at DECK seems particularly appropriate within the context of Singapore, the self-styled Garden City, whose extensive greenery was born not of some respectful consideration for nature, but rather political and economic considerations of greater immediacy. Of course, control and influence don’t just flow in one direction—hence the…

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MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART (MONA), HOBART, AUSTRALIA 2014.11.22~2015.04.13 “Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state.” ——Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings (1983) In Matthew Barney’s epic, durational film, the American artist plays a mythical character, Ka, who passes silently between the living and the dead. Heavily bearded and drenched in feces, Barney appears in…

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IMA BRISBANE 2014.12.13~2015.03.22 Although Berlin-based writer and artist Hito Steyerl’s films are not often seen in the Asia-Pacific, her name was frequently invoked in Australia around the time of the 2014 Biennale of Sydney. In Is a Museum a Battlefield?, a performance-lecture at the 2013 Istanbul Biennial, she highlighted sponsors’ links to the militarized policing…

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GALLERIA CONTINUA, PACE BEIJING, AND TANG CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER 2014.12.13~2015.03.15 “Unlived by What is Seen” is an ambitious undertaking in its engagement with the mechanics of the art industry. …

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TEXT / Wu Mo Translated / Vanessa Nolan BLINDSPOT GALLERY, HONG KONG 2014.11.15~2015.01.10 Taking on the explicit aim of promoting contemporary photography, as Blindspot Gallery does, implies a sense …

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Pierre Huyghe’s latest film, Human Mask (2014), opens with drone footage of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, site of the 2011 meltdown, before settling in Kayabukiya Tavern, a modest establishment just outside the quarantine zone in Utsonomiya, Japan. Before the disaster, the tavern made headlines for its monkey waitstaff, dolled up in masks, wigs, and…

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Our modern world is fast.  The connections we make are immediate yet superficial:  texting, social media, and mass media swirl past us to until we are left over-saturated by information, much of which is useless.  Amidst all of this, hiding in plain sight, are the evils of corruption, poverty, and the complacency we…

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Edouard Malingue has made the long trek across Queen’s Road Central, down Pedder Road, and up Des Voeux Road Central. His new space—easily double the size of his old one, which boasted a clever OMA design by which office and auxiliary space surrounded a central, off-axis exhibition area—is designed by the young architectural…

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka exhibit together for the first time at Gagosian Hong Kong; Wood is new to the Gagosian roster, a surprising move after a long allegiance to Los Angeles dealer David Kordansky, and both artists are new to Hong Kong, so the relationships are fresh all around. The one constant…

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MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK 2014.11.09~2015.02.22  “If something is not yet known, then only what it is not can be understood,” wrote the artist Elaine Sturtevant—who preferred just Sturtevant professionally—in a 1971 letter. One of the most extraordinary and undervalued minds on the international art scene, the Ohio-born artist passed away earlier this spring,…

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PLATFORM CHINA CONTEMPORARY ART INSTITUTE, BEIJING 2014.10.25~2014.11.02 Seven medium-sized photographs, four videos, a few paragraphs of text: Zhuang Hui’s solo exhibition appears as a re- strained a…

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  SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK 2014.10.31~2015.02.16 How much meaning can be read into the presentation of a single solo exhibition? Much has been made of the fact that Wang Jianwei’s exhibition at the Guggenheim is the first such major museum solo for a Chinese artist; while the viability of this claim depends entirely…

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