Blame was laid on the spread of a new coronavirus, with no mention of the city's protracted political protests.
With more events being postponed and institutions closing their doors, Art Basel in Hong Kong is also under pressure to cancel.
Ho Sin Tung's Swampland at Hong Kong's Hanart TZ Gallery 'quietly alludes to the city's concrete-surfaced wetlands amidst references to the boggy political slough that recent social unrest has struggled against', writes Emily Verla Bovino.
The fair's most Instagrammable section will feature 12 works, including Gimhongsok's fictitious furries and textile off-cuts by Marion Baruch.
Holy Mosses , the title of an eight-artist exhibition curated by Nick Yu at Hong Kong 's Blindspot Gallery, is a playful misspelling of 'Holy Moses', the gospel-inflected exclamation from Elton John's 'Border Song' (1970) made famous by Aretha Franklin's cover from 1972. 'Holy Moses, I have been removed', the song's first verse pronounces. It...
In what was reportedly Tokyo 's cloudiest summer in over a century this July, Yoshiji Kigami, key animator of the cyberpunk classic Akira (1988), died in an arson attack that killed 35 people at Kyoto Animation. The attacker lit the fire with a lighter after dousing the studio with gasoline. 'They are always stealing', he explained in the...
'Where do Turkeys originally come from?' asked Sugata Ray, associate professor of South and Southeast Asian art at Berkeley University, as he inquired into the possibility of a post-anthropocentric approach to art history. Ray was one of the 14 invited speakers at Para Site 's annual conference in Hong Kong (10–12 October 2019), organised in...
At first glance, Gao Weigang's International Standard (2018) looks like a regular wooden frame—rectilinear, with a cross bisecting each of its four sides, almost resembling the generic windows from children's drawings—except that it has been coated in 24-karat gold leaf. International Standard belongs to 'The International...
Sinuous sculptures crafted from steel, post-WWII abstract paintings and celebrity portraits by Annie Leibovitz are just a few of the highlights of this month's exhibitions
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'At last. Something beautiful you can truly own.' Copywriter Michael Ginsberg's winning words for the Jaguar account on the advertising agency television show Mad Men (2007–15) echoed a sentiment that the luxury car industry had traded on campaign after campaign: their polished curves of steel would be more reliable, more serving –...
'Oh, I'm getting all excited now,' Cosmin Costinas exclaims as he flings open a wardrobe in his apartment, revealing hundreds of brightly coloured, intricately patterned textiles stacked on top of each other. 'I think I have over a thousand,' he adds, opening a second cupboard packed with fabrics and gesturing at the reams of material draped...
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO, when curator Tobias Berger arrived in Hong Kong, there were only two or three contemporary art galleries. Today, there are well over 100, including several renowned international galleries such as David Zwirner, Pace Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and Gagosian, each representing the biggest contemporary names.
Worldwide art sales grew 6 per cent to US$67.4 billion in 2018, according to the latest Global Art market report. Auction houses, an important point of sale in the art ecosystem, also report strong growth in line with the trends outlined in the report produced by Art Basel and UBS, an international bank. And 2018 was the best year in the...
Exit Strategies H Queen's 1 March – 30 April Curator David Chan eschews the standard gallery-going experience in his latest project, 'Exit Strategies', by situating installation, video, sculpture, photography and sound works in unusual public sites throughout the 17-storey high-rise H Queen's, itself a culture hub.
There you are in Hong Kong, making your way through the convention center and this newest iteration of Art Basel. Ah! There's a group of bamboo and rattan sculptures by Sopheap Pich, the Cambodian artist, inspired by trees in his homeland. And there, at the same booth, a new map — she'd call it a cartographic work — by Tiffany Chung,...
For many years, Hong Kong was afflicted with the reputation of being a 'cultural desert'—an image that could not be further from the truth. This is especially so today, with a host of exciting contemporary art spaces joining the city's league of high-profile galleries in recent years, extending its identity as an art market hotspot, as accentuated by the arrival of Art Basel in Hong Kong in March each year.Read More
The city's stellar selection of galleries, which includes art world heavy hitters like Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, David Zwirner, and Lévy Gorvy, speaks for the art scene's quality. Many of these spaces are located in Hong Kong's Central district, in the Pedder Building and the William Lim-designed H Queen's building, which opened in 2017.
In the Pedder Building, Gagosian joins other international galleries like Pearl Lam Galleries, Simon Lee Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, and Massimo De Carlo, along with Hanart TZ Gallery. The latter is directed by Johnson Chang, who is largely accredited with igniting the city's art market. Chang founded Hanart TZ in 1983, a decade prior to his famed organisation of the group exhibition China's New Art, Post-1989 at the Hong Kong Arts Center in 1993, which contributed to the explosion of interest in Chinese contemporary art.
In 2000, Chang co-founded Asia Art Archive with Claire Hsu, enabling comprehensive access to art historical material of the Asia-Pacific region. The Archive also hosts extensive public programming, including talks, performances, and exhibitions, while its library offers a site of quiet refuge above the bustling neighbourhood of Sheung Wan.
Nestled on the hillside near Hong Kong Park is Asia Society Hong Kong Center, an educational non-profit organisation dedicated to generating understanding of countries and cultures across Asia. A site for seminars, lectures, cultural programmes, and films, Asia Society also hosts an array of art exhibitions in its Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-designed space, ranging from presentations of work by late Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun (A Story of Light, 12 March–9 June 2019), to those of renowned American artist James Turrell (Yukaloo, 12 March–9 June 2019).
Beyond the city centre, Hong Kong Island's outlying neighbourhoods are home to some of the city's most exciting spaces. One of these neighbourhoods is Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District, which has attracted a number of galleries in recent years due to its large, airy industrial spaces—a feature that saw Belgian Axel Vervoordt Gallery move from its Central Entertainment Building to a two-level space in the dynamic cultural hub in 2019. Other spaces in this area include Blindspot Gallery, which predominantly represents emerging and established artists from Hong Kong and Mainland China, including Isaac Chong Wai, Lam Tung Pang, Chen Wei, and Leung Chi Wo. Founded in Paris in 1977, de Sarthe Gallery opened its 10,000-square-foot space in the area in 2017, showcasing a combination European masters and young international artists.
West of Wong Chuk Hang lies Aberdeen, one of Hong Kong's original fishing ports and where two of the city's most exciting galleries reside. On the 18th and 19th floors of the Grand Marine Centre, viewers entering Empty Gallery will discover a dark, maze-like space containing hypnotic new media works around each corner. Directed by Alexander Lau, the black-cube space is a welcome antidote to the traditional gallery experience, and provides complete immersion with each show's run. Equally experimental are its public events, which range from raves to listening sessions. Just a few streets away is Gallery Exit, where walls play host to works by predominantly Hong Kong artists crossing the boundaries of media, including Nadim Abbas, Chris Huen Sin Kan, and Oscar Chan Yik Long.
On the other side of the island, in Quarry Bay, lies Para Site. Founded in 1996, this non-profit organisation is one of Asia's oldest, most active independent art institutions. Acting as an educational platform, the exhibition site also produces publications and public programmes that contribute to the region's critical discourse. Each year, arts professionals from across the globe attend Para Site's International Conference, which seeks to generate debate around current topics in exhibition-making.
Founded a decade earlier than Para Site is Videotage, a non-profit organisation that began as an artist collective comprising May Fung, Ellen Pau, Wong Chi-fai, and Comyn Mo before establishing itself as a platform for the promotion, creation, and exhibition of new media art. The space has held a fundamental role in the development and preservation of the city's legacy of video art, running exchange programmes and residencies for local and international artists while building an extensive archive both online and offline.
A series of new contemporary art museums and spaces have been added to the mix in recent years, with M+—scheduled for completion by March 2020—looming at the throne. Its Pavilion space, which has been open since September 2016, has showcased an impressive line-up of exhibitions that are now complemented by high-profile presentations at the city's latest multi-million-dollar restoration project, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, an ex-prison complex that includes the cutting-edge JC Contemporary, where exhibitions by international artists such as Takashi Murakami attract impressive footfall.
Across the harbour, the Jordan-based hotel-cum-workspace Eaton HK has become the it crowd's latest hub, with its retro interior inflecting a combination of Memphis design and old Hong Kong while playing host to Eaton Workshop—a 'modern day community center and laboratory' that supports grassroots activism and artistic practice with an exciting programme of events and activities. Also this side of the harbour, in Tsuen Wan, is the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, another impressive restoration project that has seen the revival of The Mills of Nan Fung Textiles, a building that belonged to the city's once-thriving textile industry. The centre's primary aim is to regenerate this legacy by showcasing a variety of curated programmes that engage contemporary art, design, science, heritage, community, and craftsmanship.