The Fall 2015 season is packed with fantastic art exhibitions across Asia, with galleries in countries from China to India showcasing an exciting mix of local and global artists in both solo and group exhibitions. From shows featuring promising up-and-comers to well-loved veterans, we’ve rounded up seven astonishing art exhibitions taking place in Asia this fall that you need to see.
“Dear Painter” at Sundaram Tagore Gallery
September 4 to October 5 As part of numerous celebrations taking place to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the nation’s independence, Sundaram Tagore will host a group exhibition featuring the work of nine Singapore-based artists. The exhibition’s name is inspired by the title of Martin Kippenberger’s 1981 series “Lieber Maler, male mir (Dear painter, paint for me),” and seeks to explore paint as a common medium to relate history. Led by independent curator June Yap, the exhibition will feature new works by Warren Khong, the Chun brothers, Francis Ng, Martin Constable, Jeremy Sharma , Kai Lam, Shubigi Rao, and Jane Lee. The artists work in a variety of different mediums, and their pieces will each reference, appropriate, or challenge traditional paintings in some way. Jeremy Sharma’s work will feature polystyrene foam piece, and incorporates the elevation data of an extraterrestrial landscape. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 5 Lock Rd, Singapore, +65 6694 3378
Zhang Enli at ShanghART Gallery
September 6 to October 18 Shanghai-based artist Zhang Enli will present his first solo exhibition in seven years at the ShanghART Gallery. Featuring works from his “old tree,” “line,” and “object” series, the show will be exhibited at the gallery’s main space as well as its H-space annex. Zhang’s work focuses on everyday objects that are neglected or underrepresented in traditional painting. Zhang creates his work by documenting his subjects with photographs, or by committing their details to memory before painting them. His brushstrokes evoke traditional Chinese ink painting, in which each stroke articulates parts that are important to the whole. He often leaves parts of the canvas blank or uses semi-transparent effects to create an unfinished appearance. Through these distinctive depictions of static objects, Zhang explores themes of routine, solitude, and humanity. ShanghART Gallery, 50 Moganshan Rd, Putuo, Shanghai, China, +86 21 6359 3923
Li Shan at James Cohan Gallery Shanghai
September 7 to October 17 “New Works and Selected Works from the 1970s” will be Beijing-based artist Li Shan’s second solo exhibition at the James Cohan Gallery. Li often is often quoted as saying that “each painting tells a story,” with her work reflecting her personal journey and the unique way in which she experiences the world. Her paintings, which are done on portable-sized canvas boards or oil on paper, are part of the permanent collections of Guangdong Museum of Art and Shanghai Zhengda Museum of Modern Art. Li’s upcoming show features 22 new painting, most of which were created during her travels in Munich and Passau, Germany, as well as in Hokkaido, Japan. The exhibition also features 12 of her early works from the 1970s, which focus on some of her work’s reoccurring themes and subjects, such as Chinese architecture, shorelines, and lakesides.
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September 11 to October 10 Jerusalem-born artist Omer Fast will present his first solo show in Japan at Taro Nasu. Previously awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst and the Bucksbaum Award, the Berlin-based artist is known for his multichannel video installations which blur the line between documentary and dramatization. Fast’s show at Taro Nasu will examine the contradictions of contemporary society through two videos about drones and their pilots. Although these remote controlled machines keep their pilots safe from violent conflict, Fast’s work shows that these operators’ experiences are nonetheless traumatic. “5,000 Feet Is The Best” is based on interviews with a drone pilot recorded in 2010, while “Her Face Was Covered” features a Skype conversation with a drone operator as well as slides. Taro Nasu Gallery, 1 Chome-2-11 Higashikanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3-5856-5713
Hugh Scott-Douglas at Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong
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September 11 to October 31 British-born, US-based artist Hugh Scott-Douglas examines the limits of the generation and production of the photographic image in his exhibition “White.” His first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and second with the international Simon Lee Gallery, Scott-Douglas’ work is part of a number of important public collections across the US, Canada, and Germany. In this new exhibition, the artist has used a modified digital scanner with its top removed to create a slow scan of watch gears, particles of debris, and the ambient light that passes above them. His subsequent use of repeated manipulations and intermediate processes, such as export and compression, alters and obscures these initial images. Overexposure of the subjects to a tray of bright LED lights results in a blown-out, over-exposed appearance.
September 19 to October 17 “Kashmir: Insider/Outsider” is a poignant examination of the territorial and religious conflict that has ravaged the South Asian region of Kashmir. Presented at the Sakshi Gallery, the show combines the works of Gurgaon-based artist Veer Munshi and Delhi-born photographer Amit Mehra. Munshi was born and raised in the Kashmir Valley, eventually forced to move to Delhi in 1990 when it was no longer safe for him to stay there. He returned 15 years later, documenting the mass exodus of Pandits from the state through photos of ruined and abandoned homes. Mehra’s work, on the other hand, approaches the region with an outsider’s perspective, capturing its strife and violence through stark, personal images.
Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong | Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery
October 8 to November 26 Emerging Hong Kong-based artist Ko Sin Tung will present her first major solo exhibition at the Edouard Malingue Gallery in October. Previously exhibited at the 8th Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts as well as the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ko Sin Tung’s past work has explored the way everyday objects mirror ways of life, as well as the relationship between light and domestic spaces. She works in a variety of mediums, with previous exhibitions featuring framed archival inkjet prints of photographed domestic objects, stacks of television screens, and stretched pieces of wallpaper. Her upcoming solo exhibition, “Underground Construction: Failed,” will focus on industrial zones, including construction sites for the railway that will eventually link Hong Kong to mainland China.