Creative Alchemy: ACAW’s Field Meeting Take 6

To kick off Asia Contemporary Art Week’s two-day forum, “Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections,” curator and writer Leeza Ahmady performed a reading of On Kings, Films and Astronomads: A Script from Cave Paintings / Sufi Fluxus Production (2017). The fictional story begins with . . . Read more here.

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Hong Kong Cultural Workers Run in 2019 District Council Elections

Following 20 consecutive weeks of protests in Hong Kong, several artists and cultural workers have announced their participation in Hong Kong’s 2019 District Council elections . . . Read more here.

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Highlights from Booked: Art Book Fair 2021

Featuring more than 80 pop-ups, "Booked" took place in Hong Kong's Tai Kwun Contemporary in February 2021. Here are my highlights from the art-book fair. Read more here.

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Meta Morphing

In this introduction to the News section in ArtAsiaPacific's Almanac XVII, I summarize the key news topics of 2021, from the NFT boom to the military takeover of Myanmar, air strikes on the Gaza Strip, and the rise of racist attacks in the United States. Read more [PDF].

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Bounce Back Bigger

Amid a global health crisis and rocky economic circumstances, collectors were emboldened to make riskier purchases, favoring the new and unfamiliar over the tried and true. This was seen in the extraordinary rebound by global contemporary art auctions in 2021. Read more [PDF].

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Topsy Turvy

Uncertainties about the China-United States trade war, the ongoing threat of a no-deal Brexit, and social unrest in countries across the world put seismic pressures on global manufacturing and trade sectors in 2019. The net result of these tensions was a sweeping economic slowdown, and escalated competition for the position of Asia’s art-market capital. Read more [PDF].

Fever Pitch: Auction Previews September 2017

If the feverish activities that took place across Europe this summer are any indication—several eight-figure sales were made at Art Basel, and the late-June contemporary art auctions held by Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Phillips in London collectively raked in more than GBP 100 million—the art market remains determined to make the most of uncertain conditions. Read more [PDF].

Chloe Chu