Illustration by Alexander Calder in Jean de la Fontaine, Selected Fables, trans. Eunice Clark (New York: Quadrangle 1948), PQ1811.E3 C4 1968
These illustrations for Quadrangle’s 1948 edition of Jean de la Fontaine’s 17th-century classic Selected Fables were done by Alexander Calder in a line art style evocative of his figurative metal wire sculptures.
Open Edit: Mobile Library at Seva Christa Ashram, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 2013. Exhibition view. Photo: Courtesy Raking Leaves
Can books have the impact of an exhibition? That’s the question posed by Sharmini Pereira in this account of Mobile Library, which brought publications from Hong Kong’s Asia Art Archive to Jaffna in Sri Lanka.
Roslisham Ismail, Kedai Pati @ Pigeon Shop, 2013. Color video, with sound, 11 min., 56 sec. Courtesy the artist.
In this documentary video, Roslisham Ismail, a.k.a. Ise, visits a popular Kelantanese pati street food stall, run by the gregarious Shamsul, and observes the preparation of some local favorites for a group of loyal customers.
Mark Justiniani, Pillars, 2013. Reflective media, light fixtures, and objects, 45.7 x 274.3 x 144.8 cm. Photo: Courtesy Tin-aw Art Gallery, Makati City. Justiniani’s work adopts a godlike perspective to explore the changing skyline of a rapidly expanding metropolis.
Casting a critical eye over the Guggenheim UBS MAP project itself, Philippine critic and curator Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez poses challenging questions about the purpose of transnational curating and the meanings of “Asia” from an American perspective.
Donna Miranda (ed.), Working Artists Group, (Manila: Green Papaya Art Projects, 2012) at the Philippines Bureau of Customs, 2013. Photo: Courtesy Donna Miranda
When art and officialdom collide, the results can be frustrating but also revealing. Choreographer and critic Donna Miranda tracks the fate of Working Artist Group, a portfolio held up in customs en route to Manila.
Abhishek Hazra, Intermediate Slices of the Brownian Plosive—Part 01, 2012–13. Inkjet print on paper, 44 7/16 x 33 1/3 inches. Photo: Courtesy GALLERYSKE
Fusing speculative fiction with historical fact, Bangalore-based artist Abhishek Hazra presents a series of extracts from the diary of a member of the Kankurgachi Balloonists Society, fragments that appear to detail an unusual scientific experiment.