HONG KONG — Optimism is the new normal among artists from Myanmar, and with good reason.
Ellen Pearlman is a writer and new media artist who lives between New York and Asia, where she is a PhD candidate at the School of Creative Media, Hong Kong City University.
The Postcolonial Artist Who Found Minimalism Before the Americans
HONG KONG — Rasheed Araeen is a Pakistan-born, Britain-based, self-described “Afro-Asian” artist whose art and writing are so wildly subversive, it’s taken 40 years for the critical dialogue to catch up to his tremendously prescient but fractious vision.
At a Hanoi Prison Museum, a History Too Painful to Aestheticize
HANOI, Vietnam — The “Hanoi Hilton” is the sarcastic nickname bestowed by US prisoners of war on the Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, formerly North Vietnam.
An Artist Persists in Syria in a Time of War
HONG KONG — What does it feel like to be an artist as the art and architecture of your culture is systematically being obliterated?
Complex and Gnarly Subjects at a Hong Kong Art Festival
HONG KONG — Taking the temperature of the art at Hong Kong South Island Art Day 2015, the thermometer reads hot and feisty. Young Hong Kong artists also appear bruised — with Occupy Central, self immolations in Tibet, the fractious situation with mainland China, and the more droll issues of their global peers on their minds.
Yoko Ono Finally Gets the Solo She Deserves
When Beatle John Lennon, artist Yoko Ono’s third husband, was shot and killed in 1980, Ono went into deep mourning.
What China Doesn’t Want You to See: The Beijing Film Festival Comes to New York
The Beijing Independent Film Festival, organized and supported by the Li Xianting Film Fund, has been chugging along in fits and starts since its humble beginnings in 2004.
Human Performers and Toddler-Size Robots, Dancing Side by Side
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.
Listening Is the New Performing
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.
Fantasy and Utopia in the Metropolitan Museum’s Chinese Fashion Show
China was, and will always be, in its heart of hearts, an empire — whether it is royal, revolutionary, or techno-bureaucratic-communist-cum-capitalist.
In Plains Indians Exhibition, Met Museum Favors Beauty Over Context
The Metropolitan Museum has mounted a show of 137 rare pieces of art of the Plains Indians, on loan from 58 different international collections.
Under Western Influence, Tibetan Artists Turn to Identity Politics
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?