Orientations is a bimonthly print magazine published in Hong Kong and distributed worldwide since 1969. It is an authoritative source of information on the many and varied aspects of the arts of East and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, from the latest scholarly research to market analysis and current news.
Orientations celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2024. Founded in 1969, it has evolved from a publication showcasing Asian art, culture, and travel to a magazine for collectors of Asian art with articles penned by leading museum curators and scholars from around the world. We continued to grow during the Covid-19 pandemic years with the launch of digital subscriptions—and now proudly boast a reach of almost 500,000 readers—as well as increased our custom publishing activities through OM Publishing. Most recently, we delved into our archives to add to our series of compendiums with the publication of Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings, the first of the series to show the breadth of our coverage dedicated to contemporary art. Through collaboration with different partners—such as the Susan Chen Foundation with whom we have inaugurated the ‘Young Art Writers Award’, a competition for students, with the winning entry to be published by us—we hope to extend our impact beyond the pages of Orientations.
In the January/February issue, we look at stone carvings from China, in particular those from the Northern Qi (550–77) period Xiangtangshan Buddhist caves in Hebei, and their global dispersion.
We present three articles on classical Chinese paintings, from early Yuan to Ming dynasty. Also included are two articles on textiles. The first highlights the ‘Stories of Syria’s Textiles: Art and Heritage across Two Millennia’ exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art showing the profound impact of textiles in Syrian culture throughout history. The second takes readers into the intricate world of Indonesian textiles.
We look forward to our next chapter, persevering with insightful articles that deepen understanding and foster appreciation for the richness of the arts of Asia and becoming more than just a magazine.