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Fast forward: how China’s art world is changing

News Artists, collectors and galleries are picking and choosing from the way things are done in the West

News and analysis

Director of Picasso museum dismissed

News The museum remains closed to the public

The collector with a cool head for the art of China

News In a new film, Uli Sigg reveals that he didn’t necessarily like some of the contemporary art he bought

Chinese academy buys Grayson Perry tapestry

News Perry's work is the first by a living foreign artist in the museum's collection

Also in this issue

In the footsteps of Big Hans

Feature Beijing and Rotterdam shows celebrate the Dutchman who first chronicled China’s contemporary art


Winners of first The Art Newspaper Asia Prize announced

News Leading patrons, projects and organisations recognised in Hong Kong

Yuz Museum opens in Shanghai

News The new museum joins a slew of others

Collector wants to open first Ai Weiwei museum

News The New York-based fund manager already owns 40 works by the artist from the 1970s onwards

The new vitality of ink art

Interview Liu Guosong says that many ancient painters would break with conventions, which has inspired the veteran artist’s experiments with brush, ink and paper since the 1960s

The credibility gap

Feature There’s a lot of space to show new art in China today, but experienced curators to fill it and critics to assess their work are in short supply

Neighbours worth getting to know

Feature Australia’s museums are acquiring more contemporary Asian art but its private collectors blazed a trail to the region

The man making M+ add up to somewhere special

Interview With Lars Nittve at the helm of the West Kowloon flagship, the museum has got its bearings, a founding collection and big plans for the future

Creative space is hard to find

News analysis Artists and galleries are seeing rents rise even in old factories and warehouses far from the centre

My Hong Kong: Adrian Wong

Interview A Hong Kong- and Los Angeles-based video, installation and performance artist, Adrian Wong originally trained in research psychology and currently teaches sculpture and critical theory at the University of California


Italian Futurism 1909-44: Reconstructing the Universe

The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism in the US opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this month. “We’ve been wanting to do this show longer than I’ve worked here, and I’ve worked here for 20 years,” says Vivien Greene, the...
Gauguin: Metamorphoses 2014 Whitney Biennial Lygia Clark: the Abandonment of Art, 1948-88 When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South Oscar Murillo Glenn Brown Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

The controversial Chris Ofili

The British artist Chris Ofili is no stranger to controversy. In 1999, his painting The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996, which depicted the Virgin surrounded by pornographic imagery and covered in elephant dung, was at the center of then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s threat to rescind public funding from the Brooklyn Museum, where the picture was on display at the “Sensation” exhibition. In this clip, Ofili discusses his 2002 work The Upper Room, which was purchased by the Tate amid more tumult in 2006, as the artist sat on the museum’s board of trustees as the time of purchase. His latest exhibition, “Night and Day,” (at the New Museum, New York, until 25 January 2015) opened this week.

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