Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu @ Lisson

Here in the West, we all have our own ideas about contemporary art from China. An image of an art scene that has been orientalised, fed to us through exhibitions that pop up from time-to-time, conflated with ideas about a booming Chinese art market, and that conform to a very narrow stereotype about life and […]

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Shades of Summer @ Arthill Gallery

Imagine the glittering surface of a private swimming pool in Los Angeles in July. The pool is yours and you are alone, nobody is here to bother you. As you begin to get into the water, you see an oasis inhabited with tropical birds and exotic flora. Out of curiosity you get out of the […]

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Hong Ling @ Brunei Gallery

Two days ago I graduated with an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa. While most people were spending most of their special day posing with their family and friends for photographs, I dragged mine into the Brunei Gallery, which I was lucky to have on campus. On display during the […]

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Ai Weiwei @ Le Bon Marché

My favourite department store in Paris is without a doubt Le Bon Marché. Unlike the more famous Galeries Lafayette, the shop is a more manageable size and is often free of the hoards of tourists that are constantly cluttering the breathing space on Boulevard Haussmann. Moreover, Le Bon Marché always has the most beautiful windows […]

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Fang Zhaoling @ Ashmolean

When we think about contemporary art from China, those of us who know anything about it will be able to name several artists: Ai WeiWei, Xu Bing, Qiu Zhijie etc. However, most would be hard pressed to be able to list any women. Throughout history, in both the east and the west, the role of […]

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Post Pop @ Saatchi

There is so much to see at the Saatchi Gallery right now that it is impossible to know where to begin. The incumbent exhibition, Post Pop: East Meets West is full to the brim with modern gems to keep the keen gallery-goer entertained for hours. The display boasts 250 works from American, British, Chinese and […]

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Ai Weiwei @ Lisson

In the latest issue of Dazed and Confused, Ai Weiwei is quoted as saying: If anyone thinks art if safe, they don’t understand art. Art is dangerous.’ Weiwei is arguably the most famous Chinese artist in the western world, being famous not only for his artwork but also for his political activism. The artist has […]

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