Biennials showcase Asian art globally: 4 top posts

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Popping up all over the globe, biennials are a major factor in the transcontinental exposure of Asian artists. As part of our “Lists” series, we have linked to four top Art Radar posts that explore the topic of Asian art participation in biennials internationally.

Christoph Schlingensief, German Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011. Courtesy of Vernissage TV

Christoph Schlingensief, German Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011.

Judging Venice Biennale: How is the Golden Lion selected? Panellist interview

August 2011

A top post for its content, this original Art Radar interview explores the processes that drive the selection of winners among artists shortlisted for the Golden and Silver Lion awards at the 54th Venice Biennale. Artist Liu Ding and independent curator Carol Yinghua Lu offer a fascinating insight into the way in which the jury at Venice works, and critically reflect on the importance of the Biennale as an international platform for Chinese art.

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 The Jury for the Venice Biennale 2011. Hassan Khan, John Waters, Letizia Ragaglia, Christine Macel, Carol Yighua Lu with Bice Curiger and Paolo Baratta.
The Jury for the Venice Biennale 2011: Hassan Khan, John Waters, Letizia Ragaglia, Christine Macel, Carol Yinghua Lu, with Bice Curiger and Paolo Baratta.

Political art at Sharjah Biennial in revolutionary times- ARTINFO.com

June 2011

Based on an ARTINFO article, this intriguing post explores how the spirit of change that swept the West Asian region early in 2011 was reflected in the art on show at the 10th Sharjah Biennial. In the conservative United Arab Emirates artists were given freedom of expression, allowing for the production of some challenging and politically charged works.

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Arts Area of the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE. Photo by Plamen Galabov. Image from sharjahart.org.

Arts area of the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE. Photo by Plamen Galabov.

Today’s image obsession explored in “10000 Lives”, Gwangju Biennale

August 2010

This post provides readers with an overview of the exhibition entitled “Maninbo – 10000 Lives”, part of the eighth edition of Gwangju Biennale, held in 2010. Organised as a temporary museum, the show brought together the work of a hundred artists created between 1901 and 2010. The article provides information on the catchy subject of the show, the binding and obsessive relationship between people and images in the 21st century. Boxes enclosing quotes from curator Massimiliano Gioni offer engaging and thought provoking insights into this theme, expanding on and enriching the factual information.

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Zhao Shutong, Wang Guanyi and the Rent Collection Courtyard collective, 'Rent Collection Courtyard', 1974-78, 100 copper plated fiberglass sculptures (exhibition view, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2009). © Norbert Miguletz. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Zhao Shutong, Wang Guanyi and the Rent Collection Courtyard collective, 'Rent Collection Courtyard', 1974-78, 100 copper plated fiberglass sculptures (exhibition view, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2009). © Norbert Miguletz. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Catch Palestinian Art in Venice – Islamic art in the spotlight or in a corner?

July 2009

As a short but comprehensive introduction to Palestinian art at the 2009 Venice Biennale, this post offers background information on an region that is often overlooked but well worth exploring. The first section of the article introduces readers to the controversy that often surrounds the reception of Muslim religious imagery in the West, while the second part of the post gives engaging descriptions of the socio-politically oriented works produced in a variety of media by the seven participating artists.

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AES+F, 'The Islamic Project: New Liberty', 2003, lambda print. Image courtesy of the AES+F website.

AES+F, 'The Islamic Project: New Liberty', 2003, lambda print. Image courtesy of the AES+F website.

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