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Weng Choy Lee

A lecture by art critic and curator Weng Choy Lee looking at biennials, analyzing these mega-shows, and evaluating this exhibition format, particularly with regard to Asia. A skeptic of the power of generalization and overarching theories, Lee discusses a potentially globalized (loaded skepticism placed on this word) art world in Asia and Singapore. This event was produced by Independent Curators International and was held at the New Museum in New York on December 12, 2010. (59 minutes)

Weng Choy Lee is an art critic based in Singapore, and director of Projects, Research & Publications, Osage Art Foundation. He serves on the academic advisory board of the Asia Art Archive, and is president of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics. From 2000 to 2009, he was artistic co-director of The Substation arts centre in Singapore. Weng Choy has a BA in Philosophy from Berkeley, and an MA in English Literature from Mills.


Independent Curators International (ICI)


Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art. Headquartered in New York, ICI is a small non-profit with a large purview. Over the last 35 years, ICI has produced 118 traveling exhibitions and profiled the work of more than 3,700 artists, working with 621 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 29 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Experienced by nearly 6 million people, the exhibitions and events have attracted extensive local, national, and international press, and are placed in a critical framework through accompanying catalogues and books published by ICI.

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