A Conversation with Maria Taniguchi

Published on ocula.com, 22 November 2016 Preparing to sit down for my interview with Filipino artist, Maria Taniguchi, a small printed essay by Susan Gibb catches my eye on the coffee table in Galerie Perrotin’s office. Titled ‘Dogs in Space, Witches of Dumaguete’, the essay, referencing the artist’s hometown of Dumaguete City and included in the…

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…

Ashes to Ashes: Interview with Daniel Arsham

Published on ocula.com, 25 September 2015 Daniel Arsham arrives in Hong Kong from New York in time to enjoy the last four hours of his birthday, although with his new show, Fictional Archeology, about to open at Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong, there is little time for celebration. In fact, with exhibitions on three different…

Post Art Basel HK: Rundown and Fair-tigued

Published on ocula.com, 20 March, 2015 Your head hurts; your liver no longer holds any value on the black market; your dignity is in tatters after falling down a flight of stairs in high heels at an exhibition opening—sober; a random girl licked your leg; and the last conversation you remember was about vodka home-brewing…

Sophie Calle: Intimate Vision

Published in Hong Kong Tatler, December 2014. It would be hard to find clearer confirmation of Federico Fellini's aphorism that all art is autobiographical than the work of Sophie Calle. For more than three decades the French conceptual artist has plucked events out of her life, and the lives of others, to use directly as…

Art Basel HK Vernissage: The Lowdown

Published on ocula.com 17 May 2014 The second edition of Art Basel kicked off Wednesday with a VIP preview that saw no shortage of collectors streaming through the doors. It felt like a Swiss banking conference in the VIP lounge as Julius Bär and UBS representatives and financiers milled around waiting for the doors to…

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…