The Poetic Politics of ‘Whisper in My Mask’16 Sep 2014
Whisper In My Mask is a contemporary Australian exhibition which mixes the political with the poetic. Through a diverse range of medium, the biennial, now in its fourth iteration, includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous bound by the rich theme of ‘masking’. The strength of this exhibition lies in the careful balance that it strikes: works light in content and tone never trivialise the loaded political pieces.  
The strength of this exhibition lies in the careful balance that it strikes: works light in content and tone never trivialise the loaded political pieces. Read More.

Curated by Mr. Sueo Mizuma - Beyond Stuff at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
29 August 2014 - 05 October 2014

Mizuma Gallery is proud to present Beyond Stuff, a Chinese group exhibition curated by Mr. Sueo Mizuma, the owner of Mizuma Gallery. This exhibition features ten artworks by Ai Wei Wei, Li Ming Zhu, Xia Xing, Zhao Zhao and He Yunchang, five leading Chinese contemporary artists. Read More.

Jenny Holzer,(1981)After dark it’s a relief to see a girl…, [Enamel on metal, hand-painted sign: black on white, 53.3 x 58.4 cm] 

Group Show - Kicking Against The Pricks at Michael Lett, Auckland
10 September 2014 - 11 October 2014

Referring to the title of the third studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which in turn is lifted from the King James Bible, this group show brings together works that operate with varying degrees of dissidence. As a metaphor for artistic practice, the title guides this show in examining the dual importance and futility of experimentation: of refusal, disobedience and divergence. Read More

Ocula Conversation; Haegue Yang - Part I“I am interested in examining the figures and events that seem significant to comprehend the elusive aspects of the colonial circumstances in which we are living today.” Read More

Yayoi Kusama - Pumpkins at Victoria Miro, London
16 September 2014 - 20 December 2014

Victoria Miro will present a new body of sculptures and paintings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama dedicated to her iconic depiction of pumpkins. Read More

Subodh Gupta: everything is inside at MMK FrankfurtSubodh Guptathis is not a fountain, 2011 – 2013Installation view at MMK museum für moderne kunst frankfurt am mainPhoto: Axel Schneider © MMK frankfurt
‘everything is inside’ reflects how indian society has been shaped as a result of industry and the rapid economic upswing of the past decades, while still remaining firm in long-established customs and historic ideas. read more

John Tierney at Hamburg Kennedy Photographs, An Exhibition of New Paintings is on until 1 November 2014

"Working in oils, the basic aim is quite straightforward: to create paintings that provide a strong sense of place, a feeling of what it is like to be there. A further dimension to this is that he visits these various locations as, in a sense, an ‘outside’ observer, one who is fascinated by the differences between them and the urban and rural landscapes"

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Contemporary Art Museum Boom in China
OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal Xi’an takes on the task of shaping the contemporary landscape of this history-heavy former Chinese capital. Pictured here is Li Shurui’s installation An Invited View, site specific mural painting with household paint. 
Contemporary art has a contentious history in China, and depending on how you define it, wasn’t really practiced until after the death of Mao Zedong in the late 1970s. These artists worked under newly liberal conditions but were always outliers, eschewing and sometimes violently opposing state ideas, rhetoric and bureaucracy.
As a result, no complete public collection of contemporary art exists in China. There are public museums which display censor approved contemporary work. They can be run by progressive and gifted individuals, but who always operate under strict limitations. Read more

Group exhibition Anatomy of Anxieties at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
10 September 2014 - 06 October 2014

The experience of trauma, whether actual or imagined, can lead to a variety of peculiar and unexpected outcomes. The distorting effect on body image, defined as a person’s feelings of the aesthetics and sexual attractiveness of their own body that may be forced by culture or their surroundings, can be particularly strong. In Anatomy of Anxieties, the body however is conceived not only in terms of human flesh and bone, but metaphorically. It can be seen to encompass the steel and glass structure of a building, or the landscape as living organism, both forms of bodily representation are equally subject to being the site of fantasy, trauma and perversion.

Taken as a departure point for this exhibition, these phenomena are explored through the works of a broad generation of artists including Hans Bellmer, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Beth Collar, Patrizio Di Massimo, Laurent Grasso, Andy Holden, Tetsumi Kudo, Rachel Maclean, Superflex, Cindy Sherman and Cui Ximing.

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Alexander Gronsky, The Edge, Northern Portll, Moscow, C-print, (C) Alexander Gronsky / Courtesy of Yuka Tsuruno Gallery
Hamish Carr at Anna Pappas GallerySynthetic Base for a Communicative Monument 1 and 2, 2012 - 2013Concrete and glass tile
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Read ArtReview Asia's cover feature on artist Lee Bul, recipient of the Gwangju Biennale’s Noon Award: 
"Lee attempts to salvage her own history from the ruins of the past. Similarly, her work encourages the viewer to forge critical links between the fallen societies of recent history and the precarity of the present, to question our own grandiose constructions and assume personal responsibility for a shared future we can only ever imagine."
Lee Bul's first UK solo exhibition runs at Ikon in Birmingham, September 10th – November 9th, with an accompanying exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre in London, September 12th – November 1st: http://bit.ly/1ttoKkN

Group Show featuring Cheng Ran, Xu Zhen, Chen Wei and many other influential Chinese contemporary artists, titled Silence_ The Nineteen Nineties at Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai

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The Power Station of Art in Shanghai joins China’s endlessly photogenic family of re-purposed & built new museums, here with Tokujin Yoshioka’s installation as part of the Cartier Time Art exhibition. 
As of 2014, China has close to 5,000 museums. This is a staggering number by anyone’s account, especially considering the majority have been built or renovated in the past five years. It also presents a considerable challenge. Build them, but to what end? Read more