Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: A Post-Mortem

If with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, and the concomitant displacement of jobs that ensues, only those servicing the über wealthy will remain employed, then it would appear that the art world, with its numerous advisors, dealers, collection managers and specialists catering to wealthy collectors––minted by the minute like Zimbabwean currency––should be just fine. It…

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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 Lowdown: shows to see during Hong Kong Art Week

Published on Ocula, 23 March 2018 Once again, the Hong Kong art machine is gearing up for Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2018), now in its sixth edition. With surrounding art fairs like Art Central (27 March–1 April) opening alongside the main event, and an ever-expanding list of exhibitions and happenings taking place,…

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Art Trends Now

Published in The Art Newspaper China, November 2014 The art market shows little sign of slowing down, particularly as oligarchs at auction continue to rack up records for high-end art works by American abstract painters and international contemporary stars. Earlier auctions this year resulted in record prices for American artist, Barnett Newman’s ‘Black Fire I’…

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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…

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Indonesian Art : On a Bali High

As published in Asia Tatler, April 2013 First it was Chinese contemporary art, then Indian. Now, it seems Indonesian art is the latest to be swept up by the capricious art market. The evidence is all there; the Indonesian Art Pavilion at Art Stage Singapore earlier this year, record-breaking prices at auction, major exhibitions at…

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The Hong Kong Art Market: Part I – Auctions & Galleries

As published on Ocula 2 April 2013 In the lead up to the inaugural Art Basel HK fair, the Hong Kong art world has been a flurry of activity in recent months. Art, it seems, is the zeitgeist, and it’s big business. A number of other art fairs have inevitably sprouted up, including the recently…

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