The Complexities of Text in Art


TALKS X Asia Society - Art Central Series


Discussion 4:00pm
Close 5:00pm

While the appearance of text in art was often criticized in the 1960s, in particular when Robert Indiana came to the forefront of the newly emerging Hard-edge painting and pop art scene, it has since become omnipresent as a key ingredient of visual expression. This discussion, in light of the current exhibition at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia that brings together works by Robert Indiana and those by contemporary Asian artists along the unifying theme of use of language in visual art, will bring to discussion some of the complexities the presence of text has instilled in art.


Charwei Tsai (b.1980, Taipei, Taiwan) is a multi-media artist with a strong interest in the relationship between people and nature. She captures simultaneously personal and universal concerns through performance, photography, and video, encouraging viewer-participation outside the confines of passive contemplation. Working with motifs of geographical, social and spiritual significance, Tsai meditates on the complexities of cultural beliefs, spirituality, and transience. Tsai has held solo and group exhibitions at Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Yokohama Triennial; the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland.


Dr. Miwako Tezuka is co-director of PoNJA-GenKon (Post-Nineteen-forty-five Japanese Art Discussion Group), a global online network of scholars, curators, and artists. She is also consulting curator of the Reversible Destiny Foundation, a conceptual artist foundation established in New York by Arakawa and Madeline Gins. Formerly director of the Gallery, Japan Society, New York (2012–15) and curator of Contemporary Art, Asia Society, New York (2005–2012), she has curated numerous exhibitions, including: Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab (2014), Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori (2013), and Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool (2010), among many others.


Cailin Broere is a Hong Kong-based art consultant with 13 years of experience working with galleries and private and corporate clients in Europe and Asia including Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, Henderson Land, Hong Kong Land, British Consulate General Hong Kong, Belgravia Gallery, London and Amelia Johnson Contemporary (AJC), Hong Kong. She has organized numerous exhibitions for artists in Hong Kong and abroad and acts as a consultant to galleries and organizations for curatorial projects, including participation at international art fairs. Cailin received her MAAB from Sotheby's Institute, London, UK (accredited by University of Manchester); and BA History of Art and International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.

Event Details

Wed 28 Mar 2018
4 - 5 p.m.

Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road

Free Admission with any Art Central Ticket; Registration not required
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