Art Taipei 2018

Published on ocula ‘There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,’ a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia’s oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those…

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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,…

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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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Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 Calendar

Published on ocula.com, 5 March, 2015 Remember that time Hong Kong was known only for its banking, pinky-ring-wearing English expats mourning the loss of the ol’ empire, overpriced real estate, and the number of Louis Vuitton shops crammed into one block? Well, some things have changed. The property market is still criminal, and making money…

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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…

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Para/Site Annual Auction 2013

It’s almost that time of year again when Para Site, Hong Kong’s premier independent organisation and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia, holds its celebrated and much anticipated annual fundraising auction. More than 70 artworks by some of today’s most exciting artists will be auctioned off on 13 November…

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Art Basel HK: It’s a Wrap!

Well, Art Basel Hong Kong has been and gone, summer art fair season has ended, and vacation is upon us. There have been plenty of posts on the Basel brand’s inaugural HK fair, so why add another to the pile? Really I just wanted an excuse to post lots and lots of pics of my…

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Interview: Lee Kit

Lee Kit is everywhere at the moment. His work has been popping up at art fairs, including several booths at Art Basel HK; international solo exhibitions from Beijing to Palermo, and group shows at MoMA in New York, and the New Museum; and the pages of countless newspapers and art journals. There’s a lot of…

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55th Venice Biennale Artists and Pavilions

Getting terribly excited about our biennial Venice art pilgrimage to the Venice Biennale. Established over a century ago and nicknamed the ‘Olympics of the Art World’, countries are designated a national pavilion and represented by an artist (or artists) who is selected or invited to participate in this prestigious cultural institution. It’s a showcase of…

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