Ellen Pearlman

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This is the year of the robot, starting with the movie Ex Machina and filtering down to the performing arts, which have seen a spate of humans dancing with robots in touching pas de deux.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art made a particularly savvy choice by teaming up with Issue Project Room to present David Rosenboom’s Propositional Music, a three-day concert series spanning 50 years of his extraordinary compositions.

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China was, and will always be, in its heart of hearts, an empire — whether it is royal, revolutionary, or techno-bureaucratic-communist-cum-capitalist.

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The Metropolitan Museum has mounted a show of 137 rare pieces of art of the Plains Indians, on loan from 58 different international collections.

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To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Trace Foundation commissioned 30 works from contemporary Tibetan and Tibet-influenced Western artists, asking a simple question: what does it mean to be Tibetan today?

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The 1986 policy of Doi Moi or “new change” injected reforms into Vietnam similar to Perestroika in the former Soviet Union.

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When Ho Chi Minh, the father of current-day Vietnam retreated north to regroup during the French Indochina war of 1946, he was accompanied by a number of artists.

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The Complex Tale of Vietnamese Modernism

by Ellen Pearlman on February 25, 2015

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Vietnamese contemporary art has received a fair amount of press recently and that’s a good thing. However, most Vietnamese artists who are reviewed either studied abroad or have had the opportunity to travel abroad, or grew up outside of Vietnam before returning home.

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A Tibetan Artist’s Political Pop

by Ellen Pearlman on September 30, 2014

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HONG KONG — In his new show at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong, contemporary Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso uses traditional Tibetan landscape themes and iconography, but also tchotchkes, bricolage, cartoon bubbles, and stickies, all of which serve as cheery subterfuge for the dire messages he buries under his techniques.

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Still from Amie Siegel's

Amie Siegel’s three-part installation on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Provenance,” traces the rehabilitation of ruined Le Corbusier furniture from Chandigarh, India, as upscale appetences for chic global lifestyles.

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