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Mao in Venice

June 1, 2011
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Chairman Mao as a Byzantine icon, by Stelios Faitakas, on the outer wall of the Danish pavilion. More


June 1, 2011

Hany Armanious’s ‘Happiness’ in the Australian pavilion. Viewer = not happy More

Corporate Life…

May 30, 2011
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From a video by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries at the Asia Art Archive in HK… but the sentiments are pretty universal More

Art HK. The elephant in the room.

May 30, 2011

Don’t Touch

May 27, 2011
Liu Wei Dont Touch

A Chinese city suspended in the midst of the Art HK galleries. Liu Wei’s ‘Don’t Touch’ More

Australia is an Asian country

May 27, 2011

Hong Kong is very shiny. Mirrored glass buildings reflecting each other in an endless spiral of narcissism: money admiring itself. What a perfect place for an art fair. The tactic of splitting the fair into two floors has worked better than anyone might have expected. It is a clear division between the rich and powerful … More

TV Lover

May 26, 2011
TV Lover Angjki Purbanando detail

Detail from ‘TV Lover’ by Angjki Purbanando, one of a new wave of Indonesian artists making an impression at Art HK More

Adrift in Hong Kong

May 25, 2011
Floating figures by Fang Lijun

In Hong Kong the only way is up. One tower block after another in neat rows, all the way from the outskirts of the city to the centre; gigantic skyscrapers protruding from the skyline. More

Blog Numero Uno

May 18, 2011
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To blog or not to blog? That is the question. Up until recently I would have answered: No way. But with each day, as newsprint becomes more and more obsolete, it seems that the virtual world is becoming a more reliable platform than the real one. My prejudices against this form of communication were probably … More

Elvis in Parkes

January 9, 2008

Imagine a sleepy country town of twelve thousand inhabitants transformed for one week every year by an invasion of raucous aliens wearing white bejeweled jump suits and huge wigs. Imagine a town on the edge of the Australian outback where the summer temperature rises regularly past 40 degrees Celsius, causing the tar on the roads … More