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BANGKOK

Michael Shaowanasai:

GOOD: NEW PAINTINGS 2549

NUMTHONG GALLERY

by David Teh

MICHAEL SHAOWANASAI, Di (Good),• 2006.• Acrylic on canvas.

Michael Shaowanasai's pointedly conceptual painting show offers a refreshing break from the humdrum expressionism that dominates Bangkok's private galleries. To the Western critic, the artist's "New Paintings" all from 2006, are a catalog of playful homage to the witty, paradoxical assemblages of Duchamp or Man Ray, and the visual brainteasers of Magritte or contemporary artists such as Bruce Nauman. But while this may be lost on most Thais outside of the art…

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