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  4. Rapport: Venice
  5. Zeitgeist of our Time: Füsun Onur for the Turkish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale
  6. GAD’s Top Picks: National Pavilions
  7. Strangers to the Museum Wall: Kehinde Wiley’s Venice Exhibition Speaks of Violence and Portraiture
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  2. What’s On in IST
  3. Pop(Corn): Refik Anadol
  4. Rapport: Istanbul
  5. Independent Spaces in Istanbul: Sarp Özer on Operating AVTO

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Creating an Artist Books Library in Istanbul: Aslı Özdoyuran on BAS
How Pearl Lam Built Her Gallery Between China and Europe
What’s On in the UAE: Our Top Summer Picks
DXB Art Jameel Joins The World Weather Network in a Groundbreaking Response to Global Climate Crisis
DXB “Geometry is Everywhere”: An Interview and Walking Tour of Order of Magnitude, Jitish Kallat’s Solo Exhibition at Dubai’s Ishara Art Foundation
“We Are Witnessing History”: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian On Their Retrospective Exhibition at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
 Istanbul’s 5533 Presents Nazlı Khoshkhabar’s “Around and Round”
HK Startbahn Presents “Made in Japan 3.0: Defining a New Phy-gital Reality”, an NFT Pop-Up at K11 Art Mall
DXB Dubai's Postmodern Architecture: Constructing the Future with 3dr Models
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  3. Pop(Corn): Nimyu
  4. Ahmad The Japanese: Bady Dalloul on Japan and Belonging
  5. Rapport: Tokyo 
  6. Alexandre Taalba Redefines Virtuality at The 5th Floor
  7. Imagining Distant Ecologies in Hypersonic Tokyo: A Review of “Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones”
  8. Ruba Al-Sweel Curates “Garden of e-arthly Delights” at SUMAC Space
  9. Salwa Mikdadi Reflects on the Opening of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arab Center for the Study of Art

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Art Dubai Digital, An Alternative Art World?
Must-See Exhibitions in Dubai - Art Week Edition 2022
Prepare The Ingredients and Let The Rest Flow: Miramar and Zaid’s “Pure Data” Premieres at Satellite for Quoz Arts Fest 2022
 Akira Takayama on McDonald’s Radio University, Heterotopia, and Wagner Project
AUH Woman as a Noun, and a Practice: “As We Gaze Upon Her” at Warehouse421
AAN The Labor of Art and the Art of Labor: Christopher Benton on His First Exhibition in Al Ain
IST “Once Upon a Time Inconceivable”: A Review and a Conversation
RUH Misk Art Institute’s Annual Flagship Exhibition Explores the Universality of Identity
RUH HH Prince Fahad Al Saud Discusses Saudi Arabia’s Artistic Renaissance
Engage101 Presents “Connected, Collected” at Sotheby’s Dubai

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  6. Kindergarten Records Discuss The Future of Electronic Music
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  8. Wei Han Finds ‘Home’ In New York
  9. Vikram Divecha: Encounters and Negotiations

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DXB “After The Beep”: A Review and Some Reflections
OSA Rintaro Fuse Curates “Silent Category” at Creative Center Osaka
AUH “Total Landscaping”at Warehouse 421
TYO “Mimicry of Hollows” Opens at The 5th Floor
TYO Startbahn, Japan’s Leading Art Blockchain Company, Builds a New Art Infrastructure for the Digital Age
DXB There Is A You In The Cloud You Can’t Delete: A Review of “Age of You” at Jameel Arts Centre
BAH Mihrab: Mysticism, Devotion, and Geo-Identity
LDN Fulfilment Services Ltd. Questions Techno-Capitalism on Billboards in London
DXB Ana Escobar: Objects Revisited
TYO BIEN Opens Two Solo Exhibitions in Island Japan and Parcel
CTU/AUH/YYZ Sabrina Zhao: Between Abu Dhabi, Sichuan, and Toronto
RUH Noor Riyadh Shines Light on Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Art Strategy
DXB A Riot Towards Landscapes
DXB A ‘Menu Poem’ and All That Follows
DXB Alserkal Art Week Top Picks 
DXB Permeability and Regional Nodes: Sohrab Hura on Curating Growing Like a Tree at Ishara Art Foundation
AUH Re-viewing Contrasts: Hyphenated Spaces at Warehouse421
DXB There’s a Hurricane at the Foundry

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AUH SEAF Cohort 7 at Warehouse 421 
DXB 101 Strikes Again with Second Sale at Alserkal Avenue
DXB Spotlight on Dubai Design Week 2020
DXB Melehi’s Waves Complicate Waving Goodbye
DXB Kanye Says Listen to the Kids: Youth Takeover at Jameel Arts Centre
DAM Investigating the Catalogues of the National Museum of Damascus
AUH Ogamdo: Crossing a Cultural Highway between Korea and the UAE
TYO James Jarvis Presents Latest Collages at 3110NZ
DXB Do You See Me How I See You?
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AUH BAIT 15 Welcomes New Member Zuhoor Al Sayegh
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2. What’s On in TYO

By Sophie Arni

Published on October 1st, 2021

ANB Tokyo
Three Solo Exhibitions: Anna Ochiai, NAZE, Kenta Cobayashi

September 15 - October 3, 2021

ANB Tokyo (Alternative Box Tokyo), Roppongi, is presenting three solo exhibitions on its third, fourth, and fifth floors. On the third floor, Anna Ochiai, concurrently holding a new solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Saitama, is premiering new work as part of her practice dealing with invisible connections. On the fourth floor, NAZE, an emerging artist who has attracted a loyal following for his improvisational drawings and affiliation to street art, is showing a juxtaposition of his earlier works and a new site-specific work taking over the entire floor of the exhibition. On the sixth floor, Kenta Cobayashi, who has gained traction with his collaborations with dunhill and Louis Vuitton, is presenting a continuation of his series based on Photoshop’s smudge tool (otherwise known as “fingertip” tool). These three exhibitions act as a transition bridge between these three artists’ previous practices and new experimentations.

1. Left: NAZE, SUGUSOKONI ARUMONO, 2021. Right: Kenta Cobayashi, Photographic Universe, 2020. Courtesy of ANB Tokyo.

The following three exhibitions have recently ended but are still worth mentioning in our What’s On section.

TOH Gallery

Scan The World [Stage: Telephone Game]

August 22 - September 3, 2021

Hosted in TOH Gallery in Yoyogi, “Scan The World [Stage: Telephone Game]” was the most recent iteration of the “Scan The World” exhibition series, started by artists BIEN and Kenta Ishige in 2018. The concept of the exhibition centers around a handheld scanner. The exhibition organizers invite artists to scan elements of their surroundings and take a picture of themselves scanning outdoors. Set in Tokyo, the resulting scans were pictures of urban life and street signs. For this second edition, the artists developed a telephone game using Instagram and TOH Gallery as their physical set-up and invited artists to participate from all over the world, including from Paris and New York.

“The rules of “Scan The World” are simple: Go out with a handy scanner ・Search for and scan an object similar to the image sent from @scantheworld_official on Instagram ・ Capture the scanned object in a photo・ Upload the scanned image to the Instagram story and mention @scantheworld_official・ Do the above within 3 days as soon as you receive the image from @scantheworld_official.”

2. Installation views of “Scan The World [Stage: Telephone Game]” at TOH Gallery, September 2021. Courtesy of BIEN.

Clear Gallery Tokyo

Nimyu & Tat Ito: Knowledge Fruit and Palm Leaves

August 17 - September 25, 2021

CLEAR GALLERY TOKYO announced its first fall exhibition "Knowledge Fruit and Palm Leaves" by Nimyu & Tat Ito. Nimyu is a Tokyo-based Chinese contemporary artist who works across a variety of media including painting, video, and animation. Tat Ito is a Japanese artist whose compositional approach combines traditional Japanese scroll paintings with the work of narrative-focused Western artists, such as Pieter Bruegel and Bosch. In this exhibition, the works of the two artists draw their affinity with modern media, culture, and information from the allegorical nature of mythological and historical books and develop them with their own unique interpretations.

3. Installation view, "Knowledge Fruit and Palm Leaves", at Clear Gallery Tokyo, September 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Clear Gallery Tokyo.


Christian Rex van Minnen: It Comes In Waves

August 28 - September 26, 2021

NANZUKA presented the first Japanese solo exhibitions of American artist Christian Rex van Minnen. Van Minnen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA in 1980 and received his BA from Regis University in 2002. He is a painter who currently lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.

Van Minnen creates distinctly unparalleled works that incorporate elements from the diverse and chaotic culture of the 21st century, including modern-day New Age mysticism, death metal, pornography, tattoos, internet memes, surf culture, and social media. When deciphering the bizarre and grotesque that permeate Van Minnen’s work, it is first necessary to note the fact that he adheres to classical techniques of oil painting, which had developed independently in 15th century Flanders. Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch, who in art history are recognized as innovators of Early Netherlandish Painting. Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights could indeed be regarded as an important source of inspiration of Van Minnen’s work.

4. Installation views, "Christian Rex van Minnen: It Comes in Waves", at NANZUKA’s 3110NZ (above) and NANZUKA UNDERGROUND (below), Tokyo, September 2021. Courtesy of NANZUKA.