In the opening section of HIGHLIGHTS, 12 profiles account for the best of the season: Lu Yang (by Xin Wang), Trevor Yeung (by Jo-ey Tang), Nasreen Mohamedi (by Roobina Karode), Xu Qu (by Christopher Schreck), Chen Fei (by Sun Dongdong), Tetsumi Kudo (by Alexander Shulan), Hao Jingban (by Liu Ding), Margaret Lee (by Samantha Culp), Park Seo-bo (by Inès Hwa-haeng Lee), Huang Yong Ping (by Ingrid Chu), Chronus Art Center (by Francesca Girelli), and Heman Chong (by Melanie Pocock).
Follow the hypnotic haze and light glow on Chen Wei’s cover image to discover our MAIN THEME section, Club State of Mind, dedicated to nightlife and club culture in Asia as a platform for self-expression and rebellion. This survey is composed of two essays—Ambivalent State and Pseudo-Sentiment by Xiaowen Zhu and Sing and Be Global by Xun Zhou—and five case studies, including Chen Wei (by Mian Mian), G-Dragon (by Ryan Nuckolls), Bangkok (by Tanat Teeradakorn), Le Baron Shanghai (by Leo Xu), and Yellow Magic Orchestra (by Sachiko Namba).
Keep reading, and an extensive MONO survey will give you access to the studio and mind of Cao Fei, one of the most influential and internationally acclaimed Chinese artists working today, whose practice intertwines dreamscapes, real-life anxieties, urban legends and eschatological imaginations to express a schizophrenic present at the threshold of prosperity and collapse. This definitive monographic survey comprises an essay by Xin Wang, an interview by Klaus Biesenbach, and an original photo shoot by Timothy Guo.
Later on, the VISIONS section invites the eye to an enthralling journey across visual contributions by artists and creators including Miao Ying (by Chao Jiaxin), Inoue Yuichi, Liu Shiyuan (by Andrew Stooke), Kong Lingnan, Tang Dixin (by Enrico Polato), Tokyo Pop (by Hiroko Ikegami), Taca Sui, and Chen Dongfan (by Liu Tian).
Lastly, the closing section of REGULARS features our insightful columns on the past, present and future of art and culture: in “Futura 89+,” Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets interview young Singaporean artists Luca Lum and Marcus Yee; Ying Tan talks to Chinese-Canadian artist Ken Lum as part of the “Diaspora” series; in “Pioneers,” Davide Quadrio looks back to Shi Yong’s avant-garde; Maria Lind continues her “Center Stage” series in conversation with Korean painter Joungmin Yi; and William Zhao meets Mimi Brown and Christina Li, the minds behind Spring Workshop, to report on Hong Kong’s “Ecosystem.”