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Go East

Installation view of Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection. Photo: Jenni Carter, AGNSW

Go East is one of those rare collections that have something mystic about them; it has that indescribable feeling of awe that overwhelms and stays with you long after the moment is gone.

Exploring a range of social issues through various styles of photography, installations and sculptures – the exhibition, despite being pieced together from works of different cultures, manages to come together to present one unified Asia.

Go East: The Gene and Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection is a mesmerising installation of contemporary art, presented by the Art Gallery NSW and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF).

Featuring 20 artists from all across Asia—displaying works of Ai Weiwei, Jitish Kallat, Yang Zhichao and Lin Tianmiao, among others—it provides a visually appealing display of 31 works, spread across two different venues.

If this visually appealing exhibition has a flaw, it lies in one’s inability to take in the entirety of the exhibition in one go, due to splitting of the venues. Move past this, and you have yourself a collection not to be missed by the art lover, the art collector, or the newly enthusiastic.

For those who are willing to experience beyond what’s on display, the Art Gallery of NSW and SCAF are hosting public programs including a Wednesday night program, Art After Hours, and a series of talks and workshops.

Until July 26. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Free. Information: or 9225 1744

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