New York 2014

New York 2014

Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW)

Bavand Behpoor, from Trashing Performance, London, 2011. Presented by Performance Matters, documentation by Christa Holka.

October 13, 2014

Asian Contemporary Art Week New York
Wednesday, October 22–Sunday, November 2, 2014

Leading the ever-expanding interest in artistic practice and cultural production from Asia, Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) is a dynamic platform that brings together major New York- and Asia-based art institutions, museums, and galleries to present cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative projects, and provocative dialogues. Asia Society will host the signature program of ACAW 2014, FIELD MEETING: CRITICAL OF THE FUTURE,on October 26 and 27. The event includes a keynote presentation by Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs; commissioned performances by Haig Aivazian, Polit-Sheer-Form Office, and Bavand Behpoor, among others; and presentations by more than 30 art professionals that highlight individual practices, institution building, and cross-cultural influences. Organized by Leeza Ahmady and Xin Wang. RSVP required to; art professionals receive priority. 

Exhibitions and programs at consortium / participating venues:
ACAW launches on Wednesday, October 22, with a celebration cohosted by ArteEast and Taymour Grahne Gallery, featuring works by Kuwait-based Tarek Al- Ghoussein. Also taking place are the opening of Seoul-based Seokmin Ko‘s Strip Show at Art Projects International, and a screening of the documentary Nam June Paik & TV Lab at Asia Society

OnThursday, October 23, Independent Curators International (ICI) screens Project 35 Volume 2, which represents 13artists and ten curators based in Asia.
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V.S. Gaitonde opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museumon Friday, October 24. Beth Citron speaks to Sandeep Mukherjee on Francesco Clemente at Rubin Museum of Art, and Asia Art Archive in America hosts a private reception for ACAW’s FIELD MEETING participants. 

On view through Saturday, October 25 are solo exhibitions of Ronald Ventura at Tyler Rollins Fine Art and Cao Fei at Lombard Freid Gallery. That evening DJ Spooky and collaborators pay homage to Nam June Paik at Asia Society. 

Sunday, October 26 and Monday, October 27 arefull throttle FIELD MEETING days at Asia Society (see full list of speakers below), and are followed by The Armory Show’s VIP Focus Reception. 

Public Art Fund launches four sculptures by Sui Jianguo at Doris C. Freedman Plaza on Tuesday, October 28. 

On Wednesday, October 29,Ventana244 hosts a reception for select video screenings by Lu Yang, followed by an artist talk with curator Xin Wang at Residency Unlimited. Billie Tsien speaks with Francesco Clemente at Rubin Museum of Art.

On Thursday, October 30, ACAW’sChelsea night features receptions for Heri Dono at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, Huguette Caland at Lombard Freid Gallery, and Farah Ossouli at Shirin Gallery. Uptown, Japan Society presents works by Manabu Ikeda, Hisashi Tenmyouya, and teamLab, and hosts a conversation between gallery director Miwako Tezuka and Melissa Chiu

On Friday, October 31, Guggenheim Musuem opens Time Temple by Wang Jianwei, and Robin Peckham of LEAP Magazine moderates a discussion on art publishing in Asia with Ian Cheng, Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Howie Chen, and Benjamin Genocchio at Artnet.

On Saturday, November 1, Queens Museum hosts the closing party for ACAW and celebrates three exhibition openings: Jewyo Rhii ‘s Out of Comfort, Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art, and a retrospective for art collective Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO) (Hong Hao, Leng Lin, Liu Jianhua, Song Dong, And Xiao Yu). 

The week concludes with a public performance by Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Do the Same Good Deed, at Times Square on Monday, November 3. 

Field Meeting presenting artists and professionals: 
Haig Aivazian (Beirut) / Manal Al Dowayan (Dhahran & Dubai) / Ava Ansari (Tehran & New York) / Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan (Brisbane) / Korakrit Arunanondchai (New York & Bangkok) / Bavand Behpoor (Shiraz, Munich & London) / Burçak Bingöl (Istanbul) / Umer Butt (Dubai) / Cao Fei (Beijing) / Patty Chang (Boston) / Iftikhar Dadi (New York) / Alexis Destoop (Sydney & Brussels) / Heri Dono (Yogyakarta & Berlin) / Kris Ercums (Kansas) / Ceren Erdem (New York) / Tom Finkelpearl (New York) / Jeanno Gaussi (Berlin & Kabul) / Beatrice Glow (New York) / Boris Groys (New York) / Shilpa Gupta (Mumbai) / Lamia Joreige (Beirut) / Li Shurui (Beijing) / Jitish Kallat (Mumbai) / Reena Kallat (Mumbai) / Georgia Kotretsos (Athens) / Kko-kka Lee (Seoul) / Lu Yang (Shanghai) / MAP Office (Hong Kong; Laurent Guttierez, Valerie Portefaix) / Polit-Sheer-Form Office (Beijing; Hong Hao, Leng Lin, Liu Jianhua, Song Dong, and Xiao Yu) / Aki Sasamoto (New York) / Sun Xun (Beijing) / Charwei Tsai (Ho Chi Minh City, Paris & Taipei) / Farah Wardani (Yogyakarta) / Tintin Wulia (Melbourne) / Craig Yee (Seattle & Beijing) / Yu Cheng-Ta (Taipei) / Zheng Chongbin (San Francisco) / and more

Other consortium members and participants:
+91 Foundation, New York / Aike-Dellarco Gallery, Shanghai / Alserkal Avenue, Dubai / Angeles Mira | Architecture / Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul / Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney / The Back Room, Tehran & New York / Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei / Edge of Arabia, Jeddah  & London / Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong / Ink Studio, Beijing / The Korean Art Museum Association, Seoul / MABSOCIETY, Shanghai / Museum of Modern Art, New York / The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta/ Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas / Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 

For full descriptions, hours, press release, and updates for ACAW programs, visit and

Contact: Ambika Trasi
acaw [​at​] /  T +1 646 416 6454

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