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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HK Autumn Exhibitions 2014: Walls, Landscapes & Dames

Published on ocula.com, 24 September 2014 Hong Kong seems to be growing out of its love affair with big brand artists, some of which have had about as much appeal as a vagazzler—overexposed, brash, bling. Gone are the dot paintings and Swarovski skulls, and Maos, as the city transitions to a deeper engagement with more…

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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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Yinka Shonibare: Fabric of the Times

As published in Hong Kong Tatler, December 2013 “In art, truth is suggested by false means,” Edgar Degas once declared, and artist Yinka Shonibare’s work reveals some harsh realities about modern society: racism, inequality between colonising and colonised cultures, and the excess of a contemporary society increasingly on the verge of implosion. Works by the…

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Hong Kong’s First Art Gallery Week

The Hong Kong art landscape has changed a lot in the six years that I’ve lived here. In fact, there wasn’t much of an art scene to speak of until the last several years really, and oft repeated was the lament that the city was a cultural desert. When asked, an art-loving Hong Konger most…

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Autumn Art in Hong Kong

Summer holidays are over! That means, thankfully, an end to the summer filler group shows at galleries and the beginning of a new art season. In the next two weeks, corks will be a-popping throughout Hong Kong’s galleries, and dodgy red wine galore will be spilled down shirt fronts aplenty as new and exciting solo…

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Jim Lambie’s Wonderland

I had just stepped off a 12 hour flight and finished reading Aldous Huxley’s ‘The Doors of Perception’ when I walked into Jim Lambie‘s first Hong Kong solo exhibition at Pearl Lam Gallery, ‘The Flowers of Romance’. It seemed I’d stepped into the pages of the very book I had been reading. The entire exhibition…

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Pedder-philes Spring Art 2013

In the past few years Hong Kong’s iconic Pedder Building has undergone a remarkable, and expensive transformation. Gone are the vintage designer wear and cheap cashmere shops and in their place are the smooth gleaming floors and glass windows of high-end established commercial galleries, a cigar divan and an enoteca. And of course, Abercrombie and…

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