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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Artful Manifestations

Published on ocula.com, 24 June 2016 For the first time since 1996, this year’s edition of Manifesta was curated by an artist, German-born Christian Jankowski. Titled What People Do For Money – Some Joint Ventures, the labour-themed biennial was all about collaboration with unnamed specialists. Frankly, it’s not that different from the usual working process of many contemporary artists,…

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Basel Tov!

Published on ocula.com, 10 July 2015 Another month, another art fair. With over 200 fairs held every year, I feel like a hamster stuck on an ever-spinning wheel. I just can’t seem to hop off, and after several years of this it has all become a bit of a blur. There isn’t a city to…

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Art Trends Now

Published in The Art Newspaper China, November 2014 The art market shows little sign of slowing down, particularly as oligarchs at auction continue to rack up records for high-end art works by American abstract painters and international contemporary stars. Earlier auctions this year resulted in record prices for American artist, Barnett Newman’s ‘Black Fire I’…

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Sterling Work

America eats itself— or at least that’s what it looks like. Intestines of star-spangled fabric dangle from the ceiling of a large white room and drape over giant plush prostrate humanoid figures. Fabric fangs on the walls drip blood. The space looks like the warehouse of a creepy amusement park. ‘Soft Work’, an installation at…

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Gerhard Richter at Fondation Beyeler

During Art Basel week recently I went to pay a visit to Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland’s most visited art museum, for the widely talked about Gerhard Richter exhibition, Pictures/Series. Put together by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist in collaboration with the artist, it is the largest ever exhibition in Switzerland dedicated to the German-born artist’s work. And…

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The New Art Basel Hong Kong

As published on ocula.com, 9 May 2013 Only two weeks to go before the inaugural Art Basel HK kicks off and it feels like the circus is coming to town. Inboxes are flooded with invites to art-related and art-themed bars, restaurants, new art clubs, pop-ups, collaborations and art retail and luxury events, ready to capitalize…

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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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Art Stage Singapore 2013

Published on ocula.com, January 30, 2013 Art Stage Singapore has just finished its third, and so far most successful edition, this past weekend. Held in the basement of Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre, this year saw some 130 gallery booths participating. While ‘relaxed’ is how one collector described the atmosphere of the first…

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