Longform explorations of recent art in Asia, archives, art histories, urgent preoccupations, and other areas of interest

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On Ha Bik Chuen: Collection and Collage

Leo Li Chen explores how Ha Bik Chuen’s collection opens up new ways to understand Hong Kong art history

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Practicing Friendship: Respecting Time as a Curator

Zoe Butt considers the significance of friendship for artistic languages and forms

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17 Lost Art Exhibitions

Jack Persekian documents a global pattern of loss for Palestinian art

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44 Tonnes

Clare Butcher on reconstructing the histories of the dehistoricised

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Elision, Excess, Parody, Disavowal: Justine Frank in the Museum

Roee Rosen discusses the challenge of allowing fiction to overwhelm through its excess

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In Defence of the Art Mall

Seth Denizen explores the art in art malls and competing claims to public spaces

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Notes from the Field: Navigating the Afterlife of The Other Story

Rasheed Araeen's critical challenge to art historical narratives through art curation

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Publics, Histories, Value: The Changing Stakes of Exhibitions

Note from the Editors

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Sites of Construction and Political Dissent: Central Asia Pavilions in Venice 2005–2013

Georgy Mamedov provides a critical overview of the politico-economical context of Central Asian art history

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The Problems of Digital Utopia: Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries on the Web

Ahyoung Yoo discusses the playful masking and unmasking of potential digital utopias

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The Unsettled Pleasures of Viewing: Exhibition as a Meeting Point Between Our Bodies and Artwork

Biljana Ciric discusses images as intimate, fragmented readings of exhibition experiences

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A Short Story of Bagyi Aung Soe in Five Images

Yin Ker discusses the transformation of desire through meditation on desire

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After the Plague

Phoebe Wong considers an exhibition's haunting imagery after the traumas of SARS and Leslie Cheung's suicide

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Atlas of Asia Art Archive

Map Office explores how Asia is a point of arrival and departure

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Contemporary Asian Art at the Guggenheim

Three approaches to framing contemporary art outside a Eurocentric framework

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Mapping Asia

Note from the Editors

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Spatializing the Contemporary, Philippine-Style

Oscar Campomanes provides a conceptual and cultural critique of The Philippine Contemporary exhibition

Image: Archive as Method.
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Archive as Method

Note from the Editors

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Hans Van Dijk Archive

On Van Dijk's conception of contemporary art and the art and artists he promoted

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Micropolitics of the Archive | Part I: Southern Conceptualisms Network and the Political Possibilities of Microhistories

An intervention into different possibilities for history, the archive, and the transmission of knowledge