Asia Contemporary Art Week 2018

When 1 Sep 2018 - 1 Nov 2018

This fall, the 13th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) expands to a full season in New York (September 5–November 2, 2018) with 30+ leading museums and galleries presenting cutting-edge exhibitions and public programs citywide. The platform showcases 150+ artists with practices from or related to China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Thailand, Pakistan, Syria, and Kazakhstan among others. Alongside significant solo and group exhibitions, ACAW 2018 highlights numerous symposiums, performances, lectures, film screenings, and panels.

Thinking Collections—ACAW 2018 Curated Signature Programs
Center stage to the edition is Thinking Collections—a constellation of ACAW curated exhibitions, studio visits, walk-throughs, and discussions exploring the act of collecting as an artistic and educational practice beyond the art market lens. The season kicks off on Sunday, September 9 with a keynote lecture at Christie’s Auction House by the acclaimed artist, activist, and 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale Curator Anita Dube. She will discuss her vision for organizing the fourth artist-led edition of India’s only international art biennale and her take on the state of the arts at large. Followed by a conversation with ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady.

Reorienting New York City as a collection in its own right, Thinking Collections: Open Studios incorporates Ahmady’s thesis of “seeing the artist as the first collector and studios as primary collections.” Scheduled across multiple dates and boroughs throughout the season, the program connects 28+ remarkable artists directly to the public in the context of their intimate studio spaces. See the full list of participating artists, their profiles and studio locations here.

The platform’s third significant initiative for 2018 foregrounds Central Asia with Thinking Collections: Telling Tales—an unprecedented survey exhibition of Kazakhstan’s most celebrated transavantgarde collective, Kyzyl Tractor. Noted for their feverish experimentations in the mid-1990’s and early 2000’s, their works reorient nomadic, Sufi, and Shamanistic philosophies as a new artistic language. Alongside numerous archival photos, sculptures, paintings and, drawings, on opening day, Sunday, October 14, the artists reenact one of their legendary performance rituals at the entrance of Mana Contemporary.

The edition culminates with ACAW’s noted annual forum, FIELD MEETING Take 6: Thinking Collections (January 24–26, 2019), premiering in Dubai at ACAW Consortium Partner Alserkal Avenue. The two-day program will focus on all regions of Asia (with an emphasis on East Asia) and stage a dynamic string of pop-up exhibitions, performances, lecture-performances, and discussions.

Consortium Partners & Participants

Asia Society Museum | ArteEast | Asia Art Archive in America | Japan Society | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | The Museum of Modern Art | Queens Museum | Reversible Destiny Foundation | Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | Wald & Kim Foundation | Twelve Gates Arts | +91 Foundation | Aicon Gallery | C24 Gallery | Chambers Fine Art | Christie’s | DAG Modern | Doosan Gallery | Eli Klein Gallery | Luhring Augustine | Mana Contemporary | Owen James Gallery | Ronin Gallery | Roya Khadjavi Projects | Ryan Lee | Sundaram Tagore Gallery | Taipei Cultural Center | Tina Kim Gallery | Tyler Rollins Fine Art | Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) | Ink Studio (Beijing) | Vadehra Gallery (New Delhi) | Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur) | M+ (Hong Kong)

Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.

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