2 Japanese video artists at Auckland Arts Festival 2011 – profile

Ko Nakajima and Kentaro Taki exhibited new video installations as part of the Visual Art programme of the Auckland Arts Festival 2011. We profile the artists and their work.

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Young Japanese curators bankrolled by Takashi Murakami – Japan Times

Report by The Japan Times on cutting-edge exhibitions organised by Japanese curator group 0000 that drew attention (and funds) from Takashi Murakami.

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Singapore Biennale 2011, 29 of 63 exhibiting artists are from Asia

The list of artists for the 2011 Singapore Biennale has been revealed. Beginning in early March, and this year titled “Open House”, SB2011 will feature over 150 works by 63 artists from 30 countries, with more than half of them premiering new works or creating new commissions. We have picked out the 28 artists who are living , working in or originally from the Asian region and listed them.

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If it makes you scratch your head, its art – Sakshi 25th anniversary exhibition

MUMBAI ART SHOW SAKSHI GALLERY SWAPAN SETH Mumbai-based Sakshi Gallery has made the rather unusual decision of having a first-time curator put together its golden jubilee show. Having said that, the gallery is well-known for exhibiting experimental works so perhaps, … Continue reading

Christie’s matches Sotheby’s in Hong Kong autumn auction success – coverage round-up

“The Perfect Storm” is what Christie’s International CEO Steven Murphy called the company’s Hong Kong Autumn 2010 auctions that ended on 2 December. The auctions resulted in a total of USD414 million in revenue from art and collectables sales which is a 95 percent increase from last year. To follow on from our report on Sotheby’s record-breaking October auction results, we round-up what’s being said in the media about the Christie’s event.

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Galleries provide legal space for Russian street art – New York Times

In a special report on contemporary art The New York Times explores urban art culture in Russia. According to Oxana Bondarenko, a curator profiled by the paper who concentrates on street art and lives between Paris and Moscow, it is difficult to be a graffiti artist in Russia as the state invests a lot of money in chasing down artists and painting over their work. Furthermore, even though there is no specific law that regulates street art, people can be caught and penalised under criminal law. However, artists have started to find new outlets which allow them to work legally.

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Culture writer attests to growing popularity of Indian artists in France

In an article published on DNA (Daily News and Analysis) in early November, culture writer Madhu Jain argues that France is trying to revive its status in the world of art. High-quality exhibitions like the recent one by Takashi Murakami in the Chateau De Versailles and Claude Monet shown at the Grand Palais are pulling crowds of visitors. Parallel to this trend, there is a growing fascination with Indian artists in the European art scene.

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