The Lowdown: shows to see during Hong Kong Art Week

Published on Ocula, 23 March 2018 Once again, the Hong Kong art machine is gearing up for Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2018), now in its sixth edition. With surrounding art fairs like Art Central (27 March–1 April) opening alongside the main event, and an ever-expanding list of exhibitions and happenings taking place,…

A conversation with Matthias Weischer

Published on ocula.com, 2 October 2015 Rising to prominence in the early 2000s after training at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in the East German city of Leipzig, Matthias Weischer is one of several members of the Neue Leipziger Schule, which also includes German star artists Neo Rauch, Tim Eitel and Tilo Baumgärtel. They…

A conversation with Beatriz Milhazes

Published on ocula.com, 7 April, 2015 The space of White Cube in Hong Kong pulses with energy. Densely layered, vibrantly colourful works hang from the pristine walls on both floors. They are by one of Brazil’s best-known female artists, Beatriz Milhazes. For three decades the fifty-five-year-old artist has been seducing art lovers and collectors with…

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…

Jennifer Steinkamp’s Digital Nature

In its last week at Lehmann Maupin gallery is digital media artist, Jennifer Steinkamp's first solo show in Hong Kong, Diaspore. The Los Angeles-based artist has been working in digital media for over twenty years and is a pioneer in the field of 3-D animation. Influenced by the West Coast art scene that had evolved…

Building M+: The Museum and Architecture Collection

We’ve waited a long time for news on progress of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum in the developing West Kowloon Cultural District. Although the foundation has not yet been laid and an opening is still several years away, what we can take a peek at is the winning design by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron,…

Yinka Shonibare: Fabric of the Times

As published in Hong Kong Tatler, December 2013 “In art, truth is suggested by false means,” Edgar Degas once declared, and artist Yinka Shonibare’s work reveals some harsh realities about modern society: racism, inequality between colonising and colonised cultures, and the excess of a contemporary society increasingly on the verge of implosion. Works by the…