McArthur Binion at Lehmann Maupin and Massimo de Carlo Gallery, HK

After decades of being overlooked, it's fair to say that 73-year-old American artist McArthur Binion is having a moment. With a spate of recent exhibitions, notably his inclusion in the 2017 Venice Biennale Viva Arte Viva and a 2018 solo exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, this past month the artist has also celebrated the opening of several…

Shows to see in Hong Kong: The Lowdown

Published on ocula From Cao Fei's first large-scale institutional exhibition in Asia, to a showing of historical works by Robert Rauschenberg, Ocula contributor Diana d'Arenberg offers her lowdown of shows to see in Hong Kong this autumn. Cao Fei: A hollow in a world too full Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central 8 September…

Catherine Opie: ‘So long as they are wild’

Describing herself as a 'kind of twisted social documentary photographer', American photographer Catherine Opie has an affection for subcultures. Inspired by the photographs of Lewis Hine, the Ohio-born Opie picked up the camera at age nine and immediately began photographing friends and her community.  Her early series Being and Having (1991) and Portraits (1993—1997) mixed traditional portrait photography with less…

Points of Departure at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

Published on ocula.com, July 2017 Summer is the time for gallery group shows, a filling up of the white cube with dead stock. They're usually a pretty boring mind-numbing affair of recycled work from previous shows tied together with a spurious curatorial spin printed on a press release that nobody will read. The collectors—along with…

A Conversation with Mickalene Thomas

Published on ocula.com, December 2016 On the third floor of the Pedder Building in Hong Kong’s CBD, a series of bright, loud, rhinestone-encrusted paintings shout and leap from the walls of Lehmann Maupin Gallery like a troupe of Folies Bergère girls. They demand attention, seducing, cajoling, and tempting the viewer to come closer. These large, densely-layered, and…

Nicholas Hlobo: Out of Africa

First published in 2011 With a string of high profile exhibitions and collections, Nicholas Hlobo has quickly crossed over from the ranks of rising stars to being one of the most sought after young South African artists. On the eve of his first solo show with Lehmann Maupin Gallery New York, we revisit an early interview with the artist. Exhibiting…

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…

Hong Kong Autumn Exhibitions 2015

Published on ocula.com, 17 September 2015 Summer is finally over. Gallerinas have returned from Portofino/Mykonos/Positano/Ibiza with fresh tans regaling regulars with stories of sailing on collectors’ boats; names of new divorcees and fortunes lost are whispered through galleries; and plans are already being made for the best celebrity-studded parties at Art Basel in Miami Beach…

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…