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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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Picks of Art Basel HK 2014

Art Basel HK 2014 is on our doorstep, and this year’s programme is even heftier and more exciting than the last. Invites are flooding in one after and another and you’re double booking yourself every night. But what to attend? Where are the great parties and interesting exhibitions? And where will Kate Moss be? Well,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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