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Commentary

Singapore

Misunderstanding art

Lee Weng Choy

ZUNZI WONG, Lee Garden, 1998 (detail) computer image

'You cannot hang an event on the wall, only a picture', or so Mary McCarthy said in response to Harold Rosenberg's discussion of American action painters. Hong Kong artist Zunzi Wong tried to hang a picture on a wall of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) - as part of the fifth Artist's Regional Exchange (ARX5) - but a scandal took place instead. Zunzi's work, a caricature of Singapore leaders Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong accompanied by…

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