Hyon Gyon, Hello! Another Me, 2011-2012, acrylic and Japanese paper on panel, Courtesy of g³/ gallery. Photo by Rui Mizuki.

Asian Contemporary Art Week
May 12 – May 19, 2012

Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past
May 18 – September 2, 2012

Asian Art Museum
Civic Center Plaza (McAllister St between Larkin and Polk), San Francisco, CA 94102

The Asian Art Museum, long known for its superb collection of historic Asian art treasures, will celebrate the arrival of its first large-scale contemporary art exhibition with a stimulating week of preview events beginning Saturday, May 12. Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past—which opens Friday, May 18—will enliven San Francisco with festivities including a “breathing” public art installation in Civic Center Plaza, multiple artist and curator talks, a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times art critic Holland Cotter, a “Party with Phantoms” public preview, a special free admission day, and more.


Program Guide:

Breathing Flower Lotus Installation

May 12, 2012

Day of Dialogue

May 12, 2012, 11:00 AM– 4:00 PM
Join the Asian Art Museum and Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (ACAC) in a special Day of Dialogue, a discussion among artists whose works are included in Phantoms.

An Evening With Holland Cotter

May 15, 2012, 6:30–8:00 pm

Phantoms of Asia Gala

May 16, 2012, 6:30pm–Midnight

Party with Phantoms

May 17, 2012, 7:30–Midnight
$12 Advance, $15 At the Door

In Conversation: Hiroshi Sugimoto with Mami Kataoka
May 18, 2012, 
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Emerging Asian Art Markets – ArtMRKT

May 19, 2012, 12:00 pm
Discussion Theater
Allison Harding, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Asian Art Museum, will use her recent experience co-curating Phantoms to share insights on where Asian contemporary art may be headed next. Phantoms artist Palden Weinreb will also join in on the conversation.

Free Day at the Museum

May 19, 2012

*Visitors should be advised that some content in this exhibition is explicit in nature or explores challenging themes.

In all, 31 artists will participate in Phantoms of Asia:

Poklong Anading – Philippines
Ringo Bunoan – Philippines
Heman Chong – Singapore
Lin Chuan-Chu – Taiwan
Guo Fengyi – China
Hyon Gyon – Korea
NS Harsha – India
Choi Jeong Hwa – Korea
Pouran Jinchi – Iran
Jompet – Indonesia
Aki Kondo – Japan
Sun K. Kwak – Korea/USA
Fuyuko Matsui – Japan
Prabhavathi Meppayil – India
Motohiko Odani – Japan
Jagannath Panda – India
Araya Radsjarmrearnsook – Thailand
Varunika Saraf – India
Raqib Shaw – India/United Kingdom
Jakkai Siributr – Thailand
Yoshihiro Suda – Japan
Hiroshi Sugimoto – Japan
Adeela Suleman – Pakistan
Charwei Tsai – Taiwan
Howie Tsui – Hong Kong/Canada
Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Thailand
Palden Weinreb – USA/Tibet
Bae Young Whan – Korea
Adrian Wong – USA/Hong Kong
Lin Xue – China/Hong Kong
Takayuki Yamamoto – Japan


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