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... Continue Reading →

Marc Quinn: Held by Desire

He's better known as one of the YBAs who ruled the ‘90s art scene, shocking audiences with self-portraits made out of nine pints of his frozen blood, and his unmissable monolithic installations. Earlier this year he unveiled a giant gravity defying sculpture of his infant son in the Singapore Gardens by the Bay. And for... Continue Reading →

Brave New Worlds: AES+F in Hong Kong

Of all the emerging market art scenes, Russia’s seems to have taken the longest to catch up and make an impact internationally. But in the last couple of years, a number of contemporary artists have started attracting serious attention. Standing out boldly amongst the current wave of contemporary artists is the four artist-Russian collective known... Continue Reading →

Garage Full of Baldessari

Following on from a Berlin show that opened a couple of months ago at Sprüth Magers, Californian artist John Baldessari has recently also seen to the opening of his first ever show in Russia at Moscow's Garage Centre of Contemporary Culture. Co-curated by Garage’s new Chief Curator, Kate Fowle, and Garage International Advisor, Hans Ulrich... Continue Reading →

Home Is Where the Art Is

Published in Asia Tatler, October 2013 Theaster Gates is in a cab on his way to Dorchester Ave in his neighbourhood of Chicago's Greater Grand Crossing, when we chat on the phone. “My people are getting hungry … I’m gonna feed my crew,” he says. His crew is the team of builders who collaborate with... Continue Reading →

Autumn Art in Hong Kong

Summer holidays are over! That means, thankfully, an end to the summer filler group shows at galleries and the beginning of a new art season. In the next two weeks, corks will be a-popping throughout Hong Kong's galleries, and dodgy red wine galore will be spilled down shirt fronts aplenty as new and exciting solo... Continue Reading →

Ick bin Berliner

Countless artists, musicians and writers have flocked to Berlin over the years to recharge and seek inspiration: Christopher Isherwood, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Iggy Pop (the city seems to come with its own soundtrack). In the 1920s Berlin was all about the decadence and modernism of Weimar culture, the stomping ground of intellectuals and artists... Continue Reading →

Wim Delvoye: Artful Maverick

Art world prankster, art entrepreneur, and Belgian Conceptual artist Wim Delvoye has redefined what it means to be an enfant terrible in the art world, which if you consider contemporary art these days is a pretty hard feat to master. Earlier this year he presented a series of his works at Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong.... Continue Reading →

Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi

One of my favourite exhibitions during the 55th Venice Biennale is Italian-born, New York-based Rudolf Stingel's solo at the Francois Pinault owned Palazzo Grassi. The exhibition takes wall-to-wall carpeting to a whole new level, as every inch of floor and wall space (that's 50,000 square feet of floor and 30,000 square feet of wall in... Continue Reading →

‘Writings Without Borders ‘ at Lehmann Maupin

A record number of art exhibitions are opening in Hong Kong to coincide with this week's Art Basel HK launch. Among them is Lehmann Maupin who recently previewed their first group show, 'Writings Without Borders', by the renowned international curator Herve Mikaeloff. Featuring the work of 11 artists from around the world, including Barbara Kruger,... Continue Reading →

Jim Lambie’s Wonderland

I had just stepped off a 12 hour flight and finished reading Aldous Huxley's 'The Doors of Perception' when I walked into Jim Lambie's first Hong Kong solo exhibition at Pearl Lam Gallery, 'The Flowers of Romance'. It seemed I'd stepped into the pages of the very book I had been reading. The entire exhibition... Continue Reading →

Pedder-philes Spring Art 2013

In the past few years Hong Kong's iconic Pedder Building has undergone a remarkable, and expensive transformation. Gone are the vintage designer wear and cheap cashmere shops and in their place are the smooth gleaming floors and glass windows of high-end established commercial galleries, a cigar divan and an enoteca. And of course, Abercrombie and... Continue Reading →

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