Pinaree Sanpitak 1985 – 2020 Monograph Launch

12 Mar 2021

Join Pinaree Sanpitak in the launch of her monograph, Pinaree Sanpitak 1985 – 2020, held in parallel to Yavuz Gallery’s solo presentation of the artist in OVR: Pioneers. This major publication covers three decades’ worth of influential works in her explorations of the bodily form as a vessel of experience and perception.

The launch will include a virtual conversation with Sanpitak and the curators, historians and academics who have been working closely with the artist and contributed essays in the monograph: Rhana Devenport (Director of Art Gallery of South Australia); Gridthiya Gaweewong (Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok); Roger Nelson (Curator, National Gallery Singapore); and Vipash Purichanont (Independent Curator and Lecturer, Silpakorn University, Bangkok).

The launch is hosted by 100 Tonson Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand, and is the 5th public program of Sanpitak’s current exhibition House Calls at the foundation.


Onsite in Bangkok: 27 March 2021, 14.00-16.00 (Bangkok), 100 Tonson Foundation
Bangkok audience is welcome on-site at the foundation to view the monograph and meet with the writers Gridthiya Gaweewong and Vipash Purichanont and the artist Pinaree Sanpitak.

Online: 27 March 2021, 14.00-16.00 (Bangkok) /15.00-17.00 (Singapore)/ 18.00-20.00 (Melbourne)
Live on-site from Sanpitak’s current exhibition House Calls at 100 Tonson Foundation, Bangkok and joining in from Singapore and Melbourne (English only)

Zoom Link: click here
Meeting ID: 822 9558 2918
Passcode: housecalls

About the Artist
Pinaree Sanpitak (b. 1961, Thailand) is widely regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s most important contemporary artists. Her relational and conceptual practice has centred around the explication of aspects of human experience and sensorial perception. She is predominantly known for her use of the human body and the female breast as a key motif, which she correlates to primal and sacred forms in nature, Thai tradition and culture, and Buddhist architecture and practices. Her work nonetheless exceeds readings through the narrow confines of gender, religion and culture alone. Over the past thirty years, she has produced an expansive body of work across diverse media and techniques including painting, collage, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance. Aside from solo and group exhibitions in galleries and biennales worldwide, Sanpitak’s works have been shown in numerous museums, such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), Chrysler Museum of Art (USA), Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (The Netherlands), National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, and Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (Japan).

About Speakers:

Rhana Devenport | Editorial Advisor
Rhana Devenport ONZM is Director of Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, she was previously Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2013-2018) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre (2006-2013), both in Aotearoa New Zealand. Devenport is a curator, writer and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennales and arts festivals. Her curatorial interests include contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based media and social practice. In 2017 Devenport was curator for the New Zealand Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia for ‘Lisa Reihana: Emissaries’. She has previously held senior positions with the Biennale of Sydney, the Sydney Festival, and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery. (In 2018 she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.)

Gridthiya Gaweewong | Writer
Gridthiya Gaweewong is a curator and the Artistic Director of The Jim Thompson Art Center and the co-founder of the non-profit art space Project 304, both in Bangkok, Thailand. Curatorial projects include Under Construction: New Dimensions of Asian Art (2002), Tokyo, Japan, Unreal Asia: Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2009), Germany, “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness” (2016), the inaugural exhibition of the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Facing Phantom Borders, Imagined Borders, 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018), South Korea.

Roger Nelson | Writer
Roger Nelson is an art historian working on the modern and contemporary art of Southeast Asia, and a curator at National Gallery Singapore. He is author of Modern Art of Southeast Asia: Introductions from A to Z (National Gallery Singapore, 2019) and translator of Suon Sorin’s 1961 Khmer novel, A New Sun Rises Over the Old Land: A Novel of Sihanouk’s Cambodia (NUS Press, 2019). His essays have appeared in journals including ARTMargins and World Art, as well as in several books and exhibition cataloguesHe is co-founding co-editor of the scholarly journal Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia. Roger has worked with Pinaree on projects in Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Singapore.

Vipash Purichanont | Writer
Vipash Purichanont is a curator based in Bangkok. He is a lecturer at the department of Art History at the faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University. He was an assistant curator for the first Thailand Biennale (Krabi, 2018), a curator of Singapore Biennale 2019 (Singapore, 2019), and a co-curator of the second Thailand Biennale (Korat, 2021). He is a co-founder of Waiting You Curator Lab, a curatorial collective based in Chiangmai.