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…

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Wing Shya Photographs Hong Kong Youth

Published in MOTHER IV: LIBERATION, 2015 “We always say in Chinese, young people represent the future: now this sounds far beyond a cliché.” So wrote Wing Shya, when discussing this exclusive new series of images created for MOTHER. Wing is one of Hong Kong’s best known photographers. Famed for his work with director Wong Kar…

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Adrian Wong & Samantha Reid- Artist and Tailor, Hong Kong

As I step into celebrated Hong Kong artist, Adrian Wong, and his tailor fiancé, Samantha Reid’s industrial studio space in Wong Chuk Hang, I feel as though I have walked in on a jolly summer picnic. Seated by the window in the streaming sunlight, before a spread of oysters and home-cooked Chinese food, are a…

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Tsang Kin-wah to Represent Hong Kong at the 56th Venice Biennale

Congratulations to Tsang Kin-wah who is to represent Hong Kong at the 56th Venice Biennale next year! The multi-media artist was selected by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and M+, Hong Kong’s yet-to-be-completed museum for visual culture, which has also appointed chief curator of M+, Doryun Chong, and Stella Fong, as the pavilion’s curators.…

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Alan Lau: Sex & Calligraphy

As published in Prestige Art Basel HK, 2014, magazine supplement. Large sacks of flour from the factory-scale bakery next door block the entrance of collector Alan Lau’s studio as I squeeze past. Part design den, part cool bachelor pad, the industrial space is bursting with art. A Lee Kit fabric work rests on a low…

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Ellis Krueger & Alex Daye – Tailors & Owners of Moustache, Hong Kong

If you live in Hong Kong and haven’t yet been into Moustache, it’s likely you’ve walked past the collection of jade green Fu dogs and dragons sitting outside the shop in Noho’s Aberdeen Street. You’ve wondered what lies inside. It is a rabbit hole of a world, and once you enter it’s likely you’ll be…

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Allergic to Art

No sooner had we recovered from one art week and whipped up a chia seed green smoothie than we’re in Berlin Biennale week, and in Basel for yet another fair in two weeks time. Some of us are probably feeling a little art fatigued. After all this maybe an art detox will be required. In…

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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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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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Clockenflap 2013

Happy New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choi! Several new year celebrations have been and gone, and recoveries have been dealt with. Lots of catching up to do on post-ism. Earlier in December I was fortunate enough to not only attend Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s largest outdoor music festival, on the West Kowloon harbour front, but also…

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