Contagious Cities: Faraway Too Close

Contagious Cities: Faraway Too Close 26 January – 21 April, 2019 Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong In 2003, the SARS outbreak led to a shutdown of Hong Kong. The virus infected 1,755 people in the city, killing 299. Fear of the epidemic led many, mainly expats, to flee. Those who didn’t leave avoided public spaces. A…

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2018: A Post-Mortem

Published on Ocula, 6 April 2018 On Monday night of Hong Kong Art Week, the Guerrilla Girls, the US feminist activist art collective who call themselves ‘the conscience of the art world’, addressed a packed lecture theatre at University of Hong Kong—their first ever appearance in Asia. Armed with their signature stats, facts, and bananas,…

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The Lucky Eight: Unmissable Hong Kong Exhibitions

Published on ocula.com,  23 March 2017   Hot on the heels of the Hong Kong International Arts Festival, Hong Kong this week welcomed the fifth edition of Art Basel. You’ve flown thousands of miles, endured over eight hours of screaming spawn on a long haul flight, paralysing jetlag, and visual and social overload at the Art…

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The Art and Soul of Hong Kong

Published in Destinations of the World, Dubai, February 2016   As Hong Kong gears up for the thought-provoking art and fabulous parties of Art Basel next month, Diana d’Arenberg examines the coming-of-age art industry in a city on the cusp of a cultural renaissance A metallic cube rises up over the construction site that has occupied an…

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 Calendar

Published on ocula.com, 5 March, 2015 Remember that time Hong Kong was known only for its banking, pinky-ring-wearing English expats mourning the loss of the ol’ empire, overpriced real estate, and the number of Louis Vuitton shops crammed into one block? Well, some things have changed. The property market is still criminal, and making money…

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Hong Kong’s First Art Gallery Week

The Hong Kong art landscape has changed a lot in the six years that I’ve lived here. In fact, there wasn’t much of an art scene to speak of until the last several years really, and oft repeated was the lament that the city was a cultural desert. When asked, an art-loving Hong Konger most…

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Para/Site Annual Auction 2013

It’s almost that time of year again when Para Site, Hong Kong’s premier independent organisation and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia, holds its celebrated and much anticipated annual fundraising auction. More than 70 artworks by some of today’s most exciting artists will be auctioned off on 13 November…

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Angela Su’s Wunderkammer

Published in FRAMED magazine, September 2011 Hong Kong artist Angela Su’s intricate anatomical ink drawings attracted scores of admirers at Art HK a couple of years ago. This year she did it again with her contribution to Hong Kong Eye, a group show of contemporary Hong Kong art on now at ArtisTree. Her works in…

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Eye On Hong Kong

Long under-appreciated locally, marginalised socially and overshadowed by the talent on the mainland. That’s the oft repeated lament describing artists and the art scene of Hong Kong. But recognition of Hong Kong artists seems to finally be on its way. On Tuesday at the launch of Hong Kong Eye at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place, iconic…

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The Hong Kong Art Market: Part I – Auctions & Galleries

As published on Ocula 2 April 2013 In the lead up to the inaugural Art Basel HK fair, the Hong Kong art world has been a flurry of activity in recent months. Art, it seems, is the zeitgeist, and it’s big business. A number of other art fairs have inevitably sprouted up, including the recently…

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