ART DISTRICTS ASIA
Art districts are popping up all over Asia revealing, perhaps, the effectiveness of this model for both art professionals and the public. As part of our ongoing ‘Lists’ series, we have stepped back into our archives to bring you our top posts on Asian art districts.
Covering an extensive area from the West Asian region to Japan, Art Radar explores the various sides of this topic. Read more about the lack of government support for the arts in the Asian region, the emergence of a two-sided reality in India and the growing regard for Sharjah as a “cultural emirate.”
A two-folded reality: Modern Mumbai art spaces show up New Delhi “house conversions” – CNNGo
This post refers the dichotomy of India’s art scene and the emergence of a two-fold reality: Mumbai, as a city of art dealers, galleries and art lovers versus New Delhi as a town of more public-oriented institutions. The emergence of an art district in Mumbai is a situation worth keeping an eye on, whilst the dichotomy of these two cities is of interest to researchers.
Hong Kong hosts speakers: Is Hong Kong a cultural desert? How can you become a better collector? Answers revealed at Asia Art Forum
This post explores the opinions of two art professionals – a curator and a collector – working and living in different parts of Asia. While Valerie Doran explains the difficulties of integration of artistic discourse in Hong Kong, Dr. Oei Hong Djien, one of Indonesia’s most preeminent art collectors, speculates on how a region whose government remains alienated from art practices that are highly regarded in the international art arena has managed to support artistic practice and freedom of speech for at least thirty years.
Sharjah, the “cultural emirate”: Where is the Sharjah Art Museum heading? – Manal Ataya, Sharjah Museums director
This post highlights the growing interest and leading position of Arabic countries in museum studies in the realm of the arts. It also points out how these public-oriented institutions can be supported by political powers that consider them strategic places for civic education.
15 years of change or tradition? Japanese contemporary art – changes and trends – by gallerist Koyanagi
An overall reading of Japan’s art scene for the past fifteen years through a personal perspective, this interview explores the conditions and consequences of a particularly Japanese reality, one that is known for being highly modern while remaining traditionally guarded. A fascinating post that breaks away from common preconceptions.
China struggles: Caochangdi as alternative art district in Beijing
This historical post reveals how the Chinese government perceives the arts. As the text shows, the area now known as Caochangdi was scheduled for demolition, leaving art professionals in the area frustrated. More recently, the arrest and subsequent release of artist Ai Weiwei by Chinese authorities has demonstrated the difficulties the Chinese art community faces in making their voice heard and their art practice recognised and respected.
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- Political art at Sharjah Biennial in revolutionary times – ARTINFO.com – June 2011 – explore the political dimensions of the 2011 Sharjah Biennial
- Japanese contemporary art book resource: Tokyo Visualist – May 2011 – helps readers access Japanese contemporary world art through interviews, essays and biographies
- Beijing first to host Arles program outside France – June 2010 – the winners and semi-finalists of three photography awards, part one of our coverage of Caochangdi PhotoSpring
- Curator Valerie Doran on ‘Hope and Glory’ and challenges for Hong Kong art world – interview – May 2010 – interview with Doran on “Hope & Glory: A Conceptual Circus”, lauded by Art Forum Online as a “critic pick”
- Collector’s new Indonesian art gallery opening causes ripples – Jakarta Post – February 2009 – L. Ridwan Muljosudarmo, an Indonesian art collector, has opened a gallery in the town of Magelang in Central Java
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