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COMMENTARY

UNITED STATES

medium(s)

Asian-American artists

Dan S. Wang


The two most compelling functions of group shows are either to demonstrate a variety of approaches towards a shared theme, working process and/or medium, or to define the general character of work made in a stated time and place. When a group show performs neither function convincingly, individual works suffer the consequences of weak contextualisation. Grouping without clear purpose was precisely the problem in the case of 'medium(s): Work by Asian American Artists', an exhibition at Atomic Kitchen Design in Chicago in April 2001. Twenty Asian-American artists…

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