Thursday, November 19, 2020

A Festival of New Asian Art, Seeking a Direction

By Jason Fargo
At the Asia Society Triennial, Arpita Singh’s “The Ritual” (1989) is a standout. Her “forceful, thickly daubed paintings of fleshy and contorted women imbricate mythic and everyday imagery,” says the critic. Credit...Arpita Singh and RL Fine Arts
You could find reasons for both enthusiasm and skepticism when Asia Society announced last year that it would present a triennial of contemporary art, centered on art from what the organizers called “Asia and the world.” “We Do Not Dream Alone,” the inaugural Asia Society Triennial, was meant to spill out of the institution’s Park Avenue headquarters, with major commissions on Governors Island and participatory installations in partnership with the New York Philharmonic. What should an -ennial be now, as we approach the quarter-way mark of the 21st century? The “new art from all over” model of the 2000s feels more and more like a dead end. [More]Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone Part 1 through Feb. 7, 2021 at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, Manhattan;