First off, a big congratulations to Adeline on her first ArtBasel HK show! (Adeline stepped down as a Director of RogueArt at the beginning of the year to take on the post of Asia Director at Art Basel).
We know we are terribly late with our blog post on my recent trip to Hong Kong and apologise to friends who have been waiting to see what I have to share. This year’s Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) was moved earlier in the calendar (from May to 14-18 March 2015) to allow art audiences (and art workers) a little bit of a breather before the Art Basel in June. But we know that some of the gallerists immediately went on to Art Dubai (18-21 March) after ABHK. I have to say I am impressed by their energy!!
This year’s trip was even more packed than usual with an additional art fair (Art Central) and more new galleries to check out. On top of that, Wong Chuk Hung (also known as South Island Art District) and Chai Wan Mei Art Districts held a number of late night events with open studios, gallery openings and workshops. The week was officially labeled Hong Kong Art week and indeed you had art – left, right and centre. Even the tram stations in Hong Kong island were used as ‘space’ for public art projects to create more visiblity.
Within 3 short days (and still fitting in four meals a day), I covered two art fairs (ABHK had 231 exhibitors, Art Central had 76 exhibitors), five gallery openings at Pedder Building and two others in the vicinity (de Sarthe and Pace), Yoshitomo Nara’s exhibition at Asia Society; The 3rd Annual Collector’s Contemporary Collaboration at HK Art Centre (featuring artworks from Taiwanese collectors), the opening of Para/Site’s new space at Quarry Bay (the new location is only a stone’s throw away from Quarry Bay MTR), and exhibitions at Wong Chuk Hung.
So, a reminder to myself for next year’s trip to ABHK16 (24-26 March 2016) is to plan for a longer stay in Hong Kong to enjoy the art at a less frantic pace and allow for a few leisurely meals with friends and colleagues in Hong Kong. RN
Yoshitomo Nara’s solo exhibition at Pace
Yoshitomo Nara’s dog sculptures scattered around the grounds to the exhibition hall at Asia Society
Really liked this painting by New Zealander Michael Zavros at Starkwhite, ABHK.
Tomio Koyama gallery showed a number of SEA artists, including this work by Indonesian Ucup and …
Shooshie Sulaiman flying the Malaysian flag at Tomio Koyama gallery at ABHK
Andreas Gursky’s “Spiderman” at White Cube ABHK
Shooshie Sulaiman was invited to participate in the public projects ABHK
Su-Yong Kim at ABHK.
Lots of minimalist work and grids this year…..
Sopheap Pich at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, ABHK.
Another Malaysian at ABHK is Yee I-Lann, showing with Silverlens.
Patricia Eustaquio at Silverlens, ABHK.
Cao Fei’s installation – part of the public art projects at ABHK.
Collectors at ABHK might not have found this amusing…
Eko Nugroho’s public art project at ABHK. Super cool!
Yoshitomo Nara (again) at Blum & Poe, ABHK.
Grayson Perry’s large embroidery at ABHK.
David Klamen’s blue paintings at Richard Gray gallery, ABHK.
Arman ‘School of Fish’ (produced in 1981), Paul Kasmin Gallery, ABHK.
Kishio Suga (works produced in 1986), Tokyo Gallery + Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, ABHK.
Interiorscapes by Robert Morris, Castelli Gallery, ABHK.
Malaysian J. Anu showing his installation of cushion covers with Wei-Ling Gallery, ABHK.
Loved this: Museums in a Gallery in a booth in an Art Fair! Miniature dioramas in glass eyeballs and spaghetti boxes! (seen here).
The miniature diorama inside the spaghetti box.
Institute of Intimate Museums by Kenji Sugiyama, Standing Pine (gallery), ABHK.
Works by Ryan Gander at STPI.
Drawing Room’s presentation of Mark Justiniani’s chapel and factory… ABHK.
How Handirwirman Saputra sees things never ceases to amaze me. A new painting at Nadi Gallery, ABHK.
Agus Suwage at Nadi Gallery.
Pinaree Santipak’s installation ‘Conversation in the Garden’ at Yavuz Gallery at ABHK.
One of the must sees at ABHK was this presentation by Yhonnie Scarce at Diane Tanzer Gallery + Projects, ABHK.
Zai Kuning’s bamboo installation ‘Dapunta Hyang’ (Transmission of Knwoledge) at the public art projects ABHK.
The only Jean-Michel Basquiat I saw at ABHK.
The Cultural Life of Wilson Shieh at osage, ABHK.
Yusra Martunus’s latest series curated by Enin Supryanto at Galeri Semarang, ABHK.
Atul Dodiya takes on some different subject matter – ‘Portaits of an Art Dealer’. Seen at Vadehra Gallery, ABHK.
Trending…work by Nuri Kuzucan at Edouard Malingue Gallery, ABHK.
The tent that was set up for Art Central at Harbour front for Art Central. It was a good 20 mins walk between the fairs. Thankfully it was cloudy and chilly.
One of the few public projects at Art Central.
Natee Utarit’s long narrative work seen at RKFA, Art Central.
The inside of Art Central.
Vincent Fournier’s ‘Post Natural History’ at La Galerie, Art Central.
Yoshitomo Nara’s stuffed dog shown by Kumquat Gallery, Art Central.
Annie Cabigting showing with FInale Art, Art Central.
Harland Miller’s limited edition prints (Ed. 40) at Other Criteria, Art Central.
A huge chinese ink painting presentation by artist Lan Zheng Hui at Ethan Cohen Gallery, Art Central.
SeA hive of activity: The Sovereign Art Foundation’s children art booth at Art Central.
Ahmad Zakii Anwar’s solo presentation at Galerie Huit, Art Central.
Old friends…. Works by Agus Suwage at the 3rd Annual Collector’s Contemporary Collaboration at Hong Kong Art Centre (HKAC).
Another old friend… Wong Hoy Cheong’s Chronicles of Crime series collected by a Taiwanese collector, shown at HKAC.
Para/Site’s new address in Quarry Bay is definately worth the move from Sheung Wan.
A photography work by Wong Wai Yin at the exhibition ‘A Hundred Years of Shame’, Para/Site.
Propaganda in children’s homework shown here at the same exhibition at Para/Site.