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ACAW 06: Action Painting Battle!

Our Delphine Blue attended this extraordinary event where the emerging Japanese action painter Ryoga Katsuma challenged the grand-champion of Boxing Painting, Ushio Shinohara.. Mr. Shinohara, 74, was a core member of Neo Dada (initially Neo Dadaism Organizers), a radical avant-garde collective in postwar Japan. Shinohara first performed his Boxing Painting in 1959 and William Klein was among the first photographers to document it. Since 1969, Shinohara has been based in DUMBO in Brooklyn, New York. Action Painting Battle! was held on a blocked off street in lower Manhattan. The judges included Dr. Alexandra Munroe, a Senior Curator from the Guggenheim Museum, and Juan Puntes, the Founding Director of White Box. The event was presented by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, as a part of Asian Contemporary Art Week 2006.


Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art


In collaboration with Clocktower Radio (formerly, Leeza Ahmady, independent curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics, and experts working both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include Ahmady's reports from around town and will feature select recordings of conversations, talks, and panel discussions across venues in New York City.

Born in Afghanistan and based in New York, Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City galleries and museums to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.

Asian Contemporary Art Week connects leading New York City galleries and museums in a citywide event comprised of public exhibitions, receptions, lectures and performances. The Week focuses on the broad spectrum of artworks produced by Asian contemporary artists working in their home countries and abroad. Asian Contemporary Art Week is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium. Clocktower Radio is a media sponsor for the events and the recordings collected over the years are available in this section of the archive.

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