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Issue 2, Saturday, 17 May 2014  | Download this issue

Chinese businesswoman buys a Warhol

News Asian collectors at New York auctions wielded enormous buying power

News and analysis

Artists go the extra mile for Hong Kong

News Art fairs are often places to avoid, but the chance to meet Asia’s collectors proves irresistible

Asian collectors reach for the play button

News The new film section of the fair highlights the crossover between cinema and video art in the region

New satellite fair for Hong Kong

News The founders of ArtHK, bought by Art Basel in 2012, are planning an event in a tent

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V&A shows are Shenzhen-bound

News London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will send the best of British design


Chinese artist will add his own Northern Lights

News Yang Fudong creates work for remote Norwegian island

Work for Gwangju will honour Korea’s dead

News The piece incorporates the remains of those killed

Central Police Station ‘to be ready in 2015’

News The former police station turned cultural centre will cost $270m

The importance of work, rest and play

News The curator of Encounters, Yuko Hasegawa, chose art to fill big spaces at the fair—and possibly in China too

Point your smartphone, get with the rhythm and relax

Interview Artist Carsten Nicolai on why he’s transformed Hong Kong’s tallest buildng into a pulsating work of art

Hong Kong grows ever closer to China’s mega-city

Feature The mainland’s manufacturing heartland, the Pearl River Delta, will be increasingly influential

How a Caravaggio came to Hong Kong

News analysis The sky-high cost of borrowing one painting by the Italian artist has not impressed everyone

Second acts can be tough in China’s second-tier cities

Feature Curatorial energy and a founder’s commitment cannot flag if a museum is to flourish, however memorable the opening show

The company you keep

Feature Artists’ collectives in China can be anything from loose, anarchic groups to serious associations with a shared ideology


Welcome to the land of Jing Bang

Obtaining visas at the last minute to travel to fairs and exhibitions across the world can often prove problematic. But there is a country free of red tape that can be accessed in seconds at the heart of Art Basel in Hong Kong. The Republic of Jing...


Our pick of shows to see when in Miami this week

Previews of the must-see exhibitions on during Art Basel Miami Beach at the city’s museums and private collection spaces

Kehinde Wiley's new republic

Look closely at Kehinde Wiley’s paintings: they may remind you of something. Since the early 2000s, Wiley has been painting portraits of young black people in the traditions of European portraiture. His sitters are often strangers he meets in cities around the world, with whom he works to select historic paintings as models for new portraits. (He calls the process “street casting.”) At the Brooklyn Museum, “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic” (20 February-24 May) highlights 60 of these works, including a new stained glass piece and a new sculpture.

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