Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: A Post-Mortem

If with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, and the concomitant displacement of jobs that ensues, only those servicing the über wealthy will remain employed, then it would appear that the art world, with its numerous advisors, dealers, collection managers and specialists catering to wealthy collectors––minted by the minute like Zimbabwean currency––should be just fine. It…

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2017: A Post-Mortem

Published on ocula.com, 7 April 2017 For one week each year, Hong Kong, the capital of capital, transforms from a tycoon’s Monopoly board dotted with luxury malls and expensive real estate into Asia’s art centre. During Art Basel’s annual week in Hong Kong in 2017, art could be found everywhere. Malls were filled with art…

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Art Basil (sic) Hong Kong

Published on ocula.com, 31 March 2016 I was Brainwashed the Friday before Art Basel Hong Kong kicked off. French street artist, Mr. Brainwash, was holding court—to an audience full of Hong Kong society types, complete with bodyguards, and media—with a spray can in a graffiti decorated shell-space in Lan Kwai Fong. It was one of…

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A conversation with Adeline Ooi

Published on 17 March 2016, on ocula.com Art Basel Hong Kong has started early this year. I don’t mean just the dates, which have been pushed forward from May to March. I mean inboxes are already flooded with invitations for previews and dinners taking place well ahead of the March 22 VIP preview. There are…

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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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Adrian Wong & Samantha Reid- Artist and Tailor, Hong Kong

As I step into celebrated Hong Kong artist, Adrian Wong, and his tailor fiancé, Samantha Reid’s industrial studio space in Wong Chuk Hang, I feel as though I have walked in on a jolly summer picnic. Seated by the window in the streaming sunlight, before a spread of oysters and home-cooked Chinese food, are a…

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Allergic to Art

No sooner had we recovered from one art week and whipped up a chia seed green smoothie than we’re in Berlin Biennale week, and in Basel for yet another fair in two weeks time. Some of us are probably feeling a little art fatigued. After all this maybe an art detox will be required. In…

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Toby Ziegler: Surface Tensions

Published in Hong Kong Tatler, May 2014 I’m having a threesome Valentine’s dinner with my husband and Toby Ziegler. No, not the President’s speech writer from the West Wing; this Toby Ziegler is a 42 year old London-born artist. It’s late morning when I call Ziegler in his London studio, and I’m frantically scribbling down…

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Giacometti and Gormley: The Art of Being

It’s rather fitting that his month, two sculpting greats, Alberto Giacometti and Antony Gormley, open solo shows in Hong Kong. Although born half a century apart, no two sculptors work has shared so much in common or drawn so much comparison. There are a few names in sculpture that have endured above all and had…

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