Hong Kong Artists Get the Saatchi Treatment

The first major showcase of Hong Kong contemporary art, both in Hong Kong and internationally, launched yesterday at the China Club.

The ‘Hong Kong Eye’ exhibition will bring together over 50 works by 18 Hong Kong emerging artists, kicking off in a free exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery from 5 December to 12 January 2013 followed by a Hong Kong exhibition at ArtistTree in TaiKoo Place next year.

Yesterday’s launch was attended by many of the artists exhibiting or included in the programme’s accompanying publication, ‘Hong Kong Eye: Hong Kong Contemporary Art’, which features yet another 100 or so works by 76 artists. It’s a hefty tome pulling together an extensive list of Hong Kong artists going back to pioneers such as Tsang Tsoi-Choi (King Kowlooon), Botao Chen and Tseng Kwong Chi to contemporary emerging and established artists today such as Kacey Wong, Nadim Abbas, Joao Vasco Paiva, Wilson Shieh, Lee Kit, Angela Su and Chow Chun Fai.

I spotted Hong Kong’s colourful Frog King, Angela Su, Nadim Abbas, Adrian Wong, and Joao Vasco Paiva among the gathering as co-curators of the exhibition, Johnson Chang of Hanart TZ Gallery, and Serenella Ciclitira, CEO of Parallel Contemporary Art, introduced the project.

Hong Kong is the third ‘Eye’ initiative following the wildly successful ‘Korean Eye’, and ‘Indonesian Eye’, with more ‘Eyes’ in the making says David Ciclitira, founder of the initiative, including a possible ‘South African Eye’.

Barry Stowe, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, who is the principal sponsor of the programme, says, “There is an incredible amount of creativity and imagination in the Hong Kong marketplace that unfortunately doesn’t get the recognition it deserves”. Attracting over a million visitors during four years at the Saatchi Gallery, the ‘Eye’ programme is now set to shine the spotlight on the city’s homegrown talent, at last.

Check out some of the represented works from the exhibition and the book below.

Published by the enormously respected art publisher, Skira, the book will be available at most bookstores.

‘Hong Kong Eye’ Book Cover
Image courtesy of Sutton PR
Kacey Wong, ‘Paddling Home’, 2008
Image courtesy of Sutton PR
Adrian Wong, ‘In Search of a Primordial Idiolect IV’, 2012
Image courtesy of Sutton PR
Angela Su, ‘The Hartford Girl and Other Stories’, 2012
Image courtesy of Sutton PR
Joao Vasco Paiva, ‘Map’, 2011
Image courtesy of Sutton PR
Frog King at the Hong Kong Eye launch
Joao Vasco Paiva and Adrian Wong

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