June 1, 2014

Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 Artist Focus Series Preview

Last fortnight, I was at the 2nd Art Basel Hong Kong (pre-2013, it was called Art HK). This year I didn't cover all the art as I arrived later than needed (4 hours is the minimum for a leisurely stroll, I reckon). However, I had a capital time exploring pieces with my dear Soo (you may remember her from my coverage of Island East Markets and the Harbour Artisanal Food Market here and here).

Although I can't speak for the entire exhibition, I felt this year's works were not as astounding as last year's, especially the installation art. Some of 2013's installations:

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Play - (201301): Installation made entirely of luggage, by MadeIn Company
Stunning work of leather, chains, and studs

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Installation of suspended patterned mirror shards, creating a stunning interplay of light and colour.
"And every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh is another shard of heart you’ll never see again." - Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things.

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Chiharu Shiota, "State of Being (Boy's Kimono)". Metal, and kimono suspended by an intricate network of black thread.

Call me plebeian, but I think I suffered from some visual overload, mostly after seeing so many Picassos peppered across different galleries. It was nice though, to be able to identify some artists' ouevre - it felt like seeing old friends. Damien Hirst's scalpel blade painting of an aerial view of Beijing was instantly recognisable, as were Britart enfant terribles, the Chapman brothers, with their subversive works.

My favourite artists this year (clockwise, from top left): 
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  • William Kentridge
  • Keith Haring
  • Thomas Houseago
  • Grayson Perry
  • Atsushi Kaga
  • Chiu Ya Tsai
  • Ramin Haerizadeh
  • Wu Jian'an

I'll be doing a series of posts on some of the artists, examining their works and styles - discovered really interesting back-stories which I can't wait to share with you!

And with this, I kick off the Art Basel HK 2014 Artist Focus Series :). 

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