Saturday, May 31, 2014

Writing Updates | April - May 2014

A round up of the articles and interviews I've done for Art Radar in the last two months.

Kookoo and Ku, ‘Welcome 2014′, 2014, spray paint. Image courtesy Kookoo Ramos.

THE PHILIPPINES | Manila's mean streets: The Filipino Street Art Project

A three-part series on a very cool project documenting street art in and around Manila. Part 1 is a general introduction, part 2 is an interview with the founders, and part 3 introduces seven exciting Filipino street artists.

SENEGAL | 10 African artists to know at Dak'Art 2014

The main exhibit at Dak'Art features artists from African/diaspora working across various media, and I picked 10 of my favourites.

HONG KONG | Artist Nadim Abbas talks bunkers, cocktails and weevils - interview

Nadim Abbas told me about the art scene in Hong Kong, his year so far and what lies ahead, and his big project at Art Basel Hong Kong - the sci-fi inspired Art Bar called "Apocalypse Postponed".

BEIJING | Serenading visitor's at Lee Mingwei's first Beijing show

Lee Mingwei is a unique artist whose past exhibitions include visitors sleeping over with the artist at the museum, and handing out flowers to strangers. In "Sonic Blossom", museum visitors are asked a question and if they agree, serenaded by an opera singer.

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND | "My Country": Indigenous Australian art in Auckland

An exhibition called "My Country" by indigenous contemporary artists - in pictures. Some very interesting work here, using media as diverse as emu feathers and text art, and making a strong political/historical comment.

TAIWAN | Taiwan's first "Art Bank" opens in Taichung

Seriously, it's an art bank. They loan you...art. How cool is that? It features only local artists, since the idea is to promote them through this initiative, and the art takes turns to be housed in big fancy buildings in Taiwan as well as diplomatic buildings internationally.

JAPAN | Yokohama Triennale announces artists for 2014 edition

The Triennale begins in August and it has some very interesting approaches, including the entire layout of the triennale being like a book - the various exhibitions are named "Chapters" and everything.

HONG KONG | Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014: Hong Kong's Adrian Wong wins top award

This is the first time the top prize went to a sculptor (no wonder Wong was so surprised), though not the first time it went to an artist from Hong Kong.

HONG KONG | Para Site conference on performance art

This year's conference focused on performance art, and I live streamed and summarised two talks: one by Gabi Ngcobo on historical legacies and another on performance art in the museum.

RUSSIA | The V&A's Islamic art collection goes on tour in Russia

The Jameel Prize finalist exhibition heads to Kazan (a first) and Moscow as part of the UK Russia Year of Culture.

MISCELLANEOUS | Art Basel Hong Kong 2014: First time galleries prepare for the fair

I asked 4 galleries from Australia and Europe what they were taking to the fair and what they hoped to achieve.



And somewhere in the midst of all these, this blog turned seven.

1 comment:

» sahil said...

Congrats on the seventh birthday!