I was contemplating whether or not to write this post – there are so many Art Basel in Hong Kong articles out there, but then I thought everyone has different views and opinions. My take is that it is a great opportunity to see so many great masters of the 20th and 21st century in one exhibition hall – but I would have loved to see more local artists, more unknown artists and some more quirky stuff.
Compared to Art Central, Art Basel in Hong Kong was predictable. All the big names were exhibiting, including some great local Hong Kong galleries – funnily enough, I did not even have to look hard to find them. I could easily recognise the great art work of Vik Muniz at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Ben Quilty at Pearl Lam Galleries and Tseng Kwong Chi at Ben Brown Fine Arts are just a few that I visited in the last year.
There were some big installations at Art Basel in Hong Kong – including this deer with the tree by Korean artist Myeongbeom Kim at Gallery Ihn, bloated blue goats by Yang Maoyuan and a big boat frame (or is it meant to be a skeleton?) by Zai Kuning.
Carlos Rolon (Dzine) created a site-specific installation that continues his ‘My Mothers Living Room’ at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The exotic color, textures and artefacts relate to his Puerto Rican roots. At Beijing Art Now an artist created a very modern-looking living room – a stark contrast to the rich and decadent style of Carlos’s room!
Finally, one of my favourite artist – Fernando Botero with his well-fed people: