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A Third Way

Hou hanru

Illustration by Kang Joon Mo.

As the art infrastructure in Asia continues to grow, many art-world professionals are transitioning between the commercial and nonprofit sectors. Technically, there is nothing wrong with this crossover. Historically, for-profit galleries, alongside institutions big and small, have played an important role in shaping culture. Today, however, what is interesting and challenging is the establishment of organizations in a world in which the project of democratic society is rapidly losing ground to the forces of market capitalism. This is an extremely alarming development, especially…

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