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CHINA Turkey Art

Countryside Poetics II-- Growth," Installation view, 2014, Gland Space, Beijing. Courtesy of Gland Space
“Los Angeles Project” at Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art (UCCA) sets the right tone
Most international group shows come to Beijing through the support of private collectors and dealers, and consequently often feel stiff and out of context. However, the UCCA’s latest exhibition, “The Los Angeles Project” attempts to give China a taste of the current LA art scene and sets the right tone.
“Countryside Poetics” exhibition at Gland Space Gallery, Beijing ruminates on the assertion that contemporary art should be analysed in terms of poetics from the viewpoint of the art producer 
The exhibition’s participating artists, among them Guo Hongwei, Yang Guangnan, Yang Xinguang, and Hu Qingtai, may not have much in common regarding form, concept, or subject matter, however they do all express personal opinions and use personal artistic languages.
LEAP probes further into China’s take on the LA art scene with a feature on Alex Israel
Israel picks and chooses from the visual and cultural resources of LA, which includes the famed exporter of mainstream ideology and apocalyptic imagination: Hollywood.
As Charles Lim prepares to represent Singapore at the Venice Biennale in 2015, he contemplates Singapore’s national amnesia around its island origins 
With knowledge of the seas surrounding Singapore that is simultaneously journalistic and artistic, Lim navigates these concerns almost through an archaeological approach of excavating immaterial narratives, matching this with evidence of psychological change and the biological conditions that shape our relationship to the sea.
Kwan Sheung Chi’s week-long durational performance “The 21st Century Undead Coterie of Contemporary Art” at Para Site marks the organization’s transition out of its old location
Interspersing artistic commentary with memoir, Adam Bobbette reflects on the miniature history of the changes both he and Para Site have witnessed over the past three years in Hong Kong.
You can read more Chinese news under LEAP magazine.

RUSSIA Turkey Art

Image courtesy: Anastasia Barysheva, Editior in chief of BLOUIN ARTINFO Russia, SUN YUAN & PENG YU, "Angel", Life-sized sculpture in fibre-reinforced polymer and silica gel. Cage size 800 x 400cm.
VI Moscow Biennale of contemporary art announces Belgian Bart de Bar as head curator
Curator appointed Belgian Bart de Bar (Bart de Baere, Director of the Museum of contemporary art Antwerp (MuHKA)) announced that the theme of the Biennale, which will take place in September-November 2015, will be "progressive Eurasia".
State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg launches new website
For the second time in less than a month, a Russian art exhibit lionising president Vladimir Putin is making headlines
"No Filters", organised by Young Guard of United Russia (the youth wing of Putin's political party), shows Putin in a variety of of flattering caricatures at the Bottle design factory in Moscow: a caped superhero, a boxer in the ring, driving a tank, and, in a large piece titled Targeted Sanctions, spanking president Barack Obama like a naughty schoolboy.
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Pussy Riot members Masha Alekhina, Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Petya Verzilov joined Klaus Biesenbach for a discussion at MoMA PS1 
The discussion took place in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, "
Zero Tolerance", which features the group's work. During the discussion, Pussy Riot made an unsurprisingly bad-ass entrance in coloured sunglasses (sans face masks) and a pause to take an Instagram photo from the stage. The trio dropped some wisdom, both hilarious and heartbreaking, onto the crowd.
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre opens the exhibition Estranged Paradise. Modern Art of China from the DSL Collection in Moscow
The exhibition includes works by remarkable artists, such as Ai Weiwei, Tsao Fay, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Yang Fudong, Yang Jiechang and Zhang Huan. The DSL Collection founded by Dominique & Sylvain Levy is one of the largest European collections of modern Chinese art. Paintings, sculptures, photos, video art and installations, this DSL Collection will be displayed for the first time in Russia.
You can read more Russian news on BLOUIN ARTINFO Russia, more international news on BLOUIN ARTINFO International.


Caption: Steve Sabella. Independence 1. 2013. Lambda print on diasec and a 3.5 cm aluminium box edge. 81 x 45 cm. Edition of six plus two artist proofs, Image courtesy the artist and Meem Gallery, Dubai.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha presents Afterwards, Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s first major solo exhibition in the region
Neshat’s photography, calligraphy, poetry and film explore the relationships between ancient mythologies and contemporary events and how it challenges our lives. The exhibition opens on 9 November and runs until 15 February 2015.
Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi, the president and founder of Sharjah Art Foundation was recently named as one of the most influential figures in the global art world by ArtNet
Al-Qasimi will curate the UAE Pavilion at the 56th edition of Venice Biennale next year.
Meem gallery hosts Palestinian artist Steve Sabella’s solo exhibition as part of his ongoing exhibitons at Berloni Gallery in the UK, Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait and The International Center for Photography Scavi Scaligeri in Italy
Born in Jerusalem, Sabella's work frequently revolves around the plight and struggle of the Palestinian people in their fight for independence. 
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian presents a major retrospective at the Serralves Museum in Porto
Curated by Serralves Museum’s Suzanne Cotter, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings 1974-2014, is the first museum survey of geometric mirror works and drawings by the celebrated Iranian artist. The exhibition will travel to Solomon R Guggenheim in New York early next year.
Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch presents her solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris
In collaboration with Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF), Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch presents new body of works that question the notions of stage, decorum and traces. Echakhch transforms the space into a dreamlike place, which appears to be suspended between the earth and the sky. 
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on Canvas Magazine online.

TURKEY Turkey Art

Gülsün Karamustafa at Frieze London 2014, installation view at Rampa Gallery booth. Courtesy to the artist and Rampa.
2nd Istanbul Design Biennial
The 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial titled ’The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’ invites designers to rethink the manifesto as a platform and catalyst for critical thinking in design.
Gülsün Karamustafa at Frieze London with Rampa
Istanbul based gallery Rampa had a retrospective of acclaimed Turkish artist Gülsün Karamustafa at its booth at this year's Frieze art fair in London.
Manâ Gallery closes its Istanbul branch
Launched in 2011, by Mehveş Arıburnu and Suzanne Egeran in the backstreets of Karaköy, Galeri Manâ is closing its Tophane location in November 2014.
Turkish Artists at 31st São Paolo Biennial
Works by Gülsün Karamustafa, Halil Altındere and Nilbar Güreş are on show at the biennial until 7 December.
3rd Mardin Biennial postponed
The 3rd Mardin Biennial that was supposed to open on 17 October at the Syrian border, has been postponed to an as-yet-undetermined future date.


German Pavilion (photo: Martin Weigert)
Documenta 14 - Learning from Athens
Documenta 14 is supposed to coordinately start in Athens and Kassel. This has been announced by documenta head Adam Szymczyk in Kassel.
Wolfgang Tillmanns in an interview
How to exhibit music? Wolfgang Tillmanns has established an exhibition room for his Berlin music project.
Weserburg Bremen – Europe's first collector's museum fights for it's autonomy
In 1991 the art scene celebrated Europe's first collector's museum. The Weserburg Bremen counts as superlative, where exhibitions from contemporary artists such as Ai Weiwei, Olafur Elliasson, Mario Merz and Katharina Grosse have been displayed. Now the location is threatened with closure.
Venice Biennale 2015 – the artists for the German Pavilion are confirmed
Curator Florian Ebner announces the participation of Olaf Nicolai, Hito Steyerl, Tobias Zielony and the artist couple Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk.
An evening for Christoph Schlingensief's opera village – The first scream
Max Raabe sings, Gregor Hildebrandt stretches thousand meters of film tape on church walls and 150 invited guest learn of their donation's worthy cause: a village in Bukina Faso (Ouagadougou) – an art project.

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