Photographer Pixy Liao on How Humour and Japanese Cinema Shape Her Work

“Moro Leans On Me 找一个你可以依靠的女人” (2018) Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art

For Dazed, I profiled artist Pixy Liao about her funny, gender-subverting photos, as well as her first installation piece in her “Evil Women Cult” series.


“Adrift”: Cao Yi, Li Qing, Yi Xin Tong, and Zhao Zhao

Zhao Zhao, “Rain,” 2012. Oil on canvas, 59 x 71 inches. Courtesy the artist and Chambers Fine Art.

For The Brooklyn Rail, I reviewed “Adrift,” a group show at Chambers Fine Art showcasing a quartet of young Chinese artists: Cao Yi, Li Qing, Yi Xin Tong, and Zhao Zhao.

Banu Cennetoğlu

“1 January 1970 – 21 March 2018 · H O W B E I T · Guilty feet have got no rhythm · Keçiboynuzu · AS IS · MurMur · I measure every grief I meet · Taq u Raq · A piercing Comfort it affords · Stitch · Made in Fall · Yes. But. We had a golden heart. · One day soon I’m gonna tell the moon about the crying game” (Banu Cennetoğlu)

For ArtAsiaPacific, I reviewed “Banu Cennetoğlu,” a solo exhibition dedicated to the Turkish artist held at Queens’ SculptureCenter.

2018 Discoveries


Twenty gems from the annals of cinema that I encountered for the first time this year.

  1. Mickey and Nicky (Elaine May, 1976)
  2. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 198 ) [251-minute version]
  3. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
  4. Le Trou (Jacques Becker, 1960)
  5. Shaolin Soccer (Stephen Chow, 2001)
  6. The Wandering Soap Opera (Raoul Ruiz, 2017)
  7. Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)
  8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)
  9. Frownland (Ronald Bronstein, 2007)
  10. The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo, 2011)
  11. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
  12. La chienne (Jean Renoir, 1931)
  13. Down with Love (Peyton Reed, 2003)
  14. Clifford (Paul Flaherty, 1994)
  15. Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985)
  16. The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophuls, 1953)
  17. Klimt (Raoul Ruiz, 2006)
  18. The Belly of an Architect (Peter Greenaway, 1987)
  19. Girlfriends (Claudia Weill, 1978)
  20. Three Sisters (Wang Bing, 2012)

Twenty Favorite Films of 2018

“Thunder Road”

2018 brought a bounty of good, sometimes great movies. Limited to U.S. theatrical releases, I cherish these twenty. They sparked my imagination, lit my fire, and kept my passion for the medium burning.

  1. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
  2. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
  3. You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)
  4. Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman)
  5. The Grief of Others (Patrick Wang)
  6. The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
  7. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
  8. Western (Valeska Grisebach)
  9. Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross)
  10. Milla (Valérie Massadian)
  11. The Green Fog (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson)
  12. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
  13. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
  14. Bitter Money (Wang Bing)
  15. Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
  16. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
  17. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
  18. Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
  19. Thunder Road (Jim Cummings)
  20. Unfriended: Dark Web (Stephen Susco)