‘Everything is art. Everything is politics.’ – Ai Weiwei
Go East presents a rare opportunity to view significant contemporary Asian artworks from the private collection of Australian philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman.
This collection of provocative and compelling works weaves a rich tapestry of different histories, speaking to one another of co-existing, often-times colliding worlds. The works reflect the Shermans’ long-standing fascination with art built around text and textiles, and their commitment to works that address issues of social justice.
Featuring artists from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam, many of the artworks in Go East have never before been seen in Australia. See works by artists such as Ai Weiwei and Lin Tianmiao, as well as the monumental installation Public Notice 2 (2007) by Jitish Kallat at the Art Gallery of NSW and Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible (2009) at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Paddington, Sydney.
Go East includes work by:
Ai Weiwei, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, He Yunchang, Jitish Kallat, Bharti Kher, Shigeyuki Kihara, Dinh Q. Lê, Lin Tianmiao, Daidō Moriyama, Nortse, Eko Nugroho, Navin Rawanchaikul, Shen Shaomin, Song Dong, Charwei Tsai, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhichao, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhang Huan.
Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman
Contemporary Asian Art Collection
Curated by Suhanya Raffel
Art Gallery of New South Wales
14 May – 26 July 2015
Photograph & Text: AGNSW