8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8): First Artists Announced.
Are they a doomed species blind to the signs and portents of coming oblivion? Or are they the last bastion of a rational, humanist approach to art, artists and their audiences? As I noted after the last APT opening in , the exhibition is probably the only show of its kind in Australia that can lay claim to being truly globally significant, a sprawling event that features art from countries of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and in , boasting plus individual artworks from 80 artists and maker groups.
And the APT9 is not full of those made-on-site works you find at events such as the Sydney Biennale, or video works that require only a projector and a data stick sent through the mail.
Asia Pacific Triennial: an exhibition of immense scope capturing a troubled world
The APT9 is a show of things — sculptures, paintings, photographs, large installations and hundreds of other objects. It is a hugely expensive undertaking, too. For the average visitor, there is plenty to see and experience.
APT9 continues its curatorial focus on art of the region, making no obvious distinction between more-or-less orthodox contemporary art, and art that arises from the traditions and forms of a multitude of indigenous cultures and first nation peoples. This kind of curatorial scope produces an exhibition that captures a sense of the world that thematically driven biennales do not.
That one huge show can do that is admirable, but it also produces, in me at least, an acute awareness that the art world, its institutions and practices, are as much a part of the problem as the things it sets out to criticise. The annual event is a unique platform that features a wide range of Japanese, Asian and international artworks from antiques and crafts, modern art and contemporary art.
The fair continues to evolve and expand as a platform for the art market, connecting past and present, Asia and the West, and presenting historically inspired artistic contexts.
Asia-Pacific artists screen climate change
Deutsche Bank is a major partner of this three month contemporary art festival, which showcases works from 70 artists across six Sydney venues. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
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