The UCCA is thnilled to host the first edition of an art prize that not only looks articulate a oritical regional sensibility in Asia, but to contribute to the critical conversation around artistic production here in a context where new talents are often immediatly overtaken by the logic of the market, the idea of a prize that runs in paralel to a discursive program is particular apt "
Philip Tinari, Director, UCCA Beijing

Philip Tinari
Director, UCCA - Host Institution 2012/13
Philip Tinari

Philip Tinari is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China's leading independent museum of contemporary art. There he will oversee a wide range of exhibitions, publications, and programs aimed at the UCCA's international public of more than half a million visitors annually. Since 2009 he has served as founding editor-in-chief of LEAP, the international art magazine of contemporary China. Tinari is also a contributing editor to Artforum and adjunct professor at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he teaches art criticism. He formerly worked as China representative to the international art fair Art Basel and academic consultant to the Chinese contemporary art department at Sotheby's. He has written and lectured widely on contemporary art in China, for publications including Artforum, Parkett, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Magazine. A resident of Beijing for much of the past decade, he speaks fluent Mandarin. Tinari holds an A.M. in East Asian studies from Harvard, a B.A. from the Literature Program at Duke, and was Fulbright fellow at Peking University.