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,…

Portable Art at Hauser & Wirth

  Both an art form, and a valuable decorative commodity – particularly when diamonds and other precious stones and metals feature prominently –  jewellery is also, depending on the creator and the intention, wearable art. Artists have been designing jewellery for centuries – Hans Holbein the Younger made beautiful drawings for elaborate gem-set gold pendants as…

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…

Overview: West Bund Art & Design Fair

Published on ocula.com, 3 October 2014 Hot on the heels of the recent ShContemporary, which seems to be dying a slow and embarrassing death-- art works were held in customs, leaving booths bereft of works, and turnout and organisation was even more lamentable-- the West Bund Art and Design Fair is definitely a surprising polished…

Fair by Design: Westbund Art and Design Fair

Published in Chinese in The Art Newspaper China, September 2014 We’ve seen the allure of status-boosting brand-name artists like Emin, Hirst, and Gormley in China, but does a Prouvé, Ponti, and Perriand have the same cachet and gloss? Founded by artist Zhou Tiehai, a founder ShContemporary in 2007 and a former director of the Minsheng…