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Go East
The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection

jpg He Yunchang Eyesight Test, 2003 (detail)

jpg Zhang Huan Family Tree, 2000 (detail)

jpg Dinh Q Lê Erasure (still #1), 2011 (detail)

jpg Jitish Kallat Public Notice 2, 2007 (detail)

jpg Yang Zhichao Chinese Bible, 2009 (detail)

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‘Everything is art. Everything is politics.’ – Ai Weiwei

Go East presents a rare opportunity to view significant contemporary Asian artworks from the private collection of Australian philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman.

This collection of provocative and compelling works weaves a rich tapestry of different histories, speaking to one another of co-existing, often-times colliding worlds. The works reflect the Shermans’ long-standing fascination with art built around text and textiles, and their commitment to works that address issues of social justice.

Featuring artists from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam, many of the artworks in Go East have never before been seen in Australia. See works by Ai Weiwei, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, He Yunchang, Bharti Kher, Shigeyuki Kihara, Dinh Q Lê, Lin Tianmiao, Daidō Moriyama, Nortse, Eko Nugroho, Navin Rawanchaikul, Shen Shaomin, Song Dong, Charwei Tsai, Yang Fudong, Yin Xiuzhen and Zhang Huan.

Go East is presented in partnership with Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), Sydney. It is exhibited across two sites: the Art Gallery of NSW features over 30 works from The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection (14 May – 26 July 2015) and SCAF in Paddington features Yang Zhichao’s monumental installation Chinese Bible 2009 (14 May – 1 August 2015).

Also on display in the Gallery as part of Go East is Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 2 (14 May – 5 October 2015).

Images: All works from The Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney © the artist