This week it is all about Art. Both Art Central and Art Basel are in town and there are lots of Art related events happening in the city. I decided to start ‘my’ art week with a visit to Art Central, which is happening for the second time round.
Art Central is a little bit closer to the financial heart of the city (as opposed to Art Basel at the Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai), but unfortunately it is hosted in tents at the Central Harbourfront (until March 26, 2016). That means on rainy and wet days, it is miserable to get to the show. I was wet and cold by the time I arrived.
Luckily, it was midday and not crowded – so I could enjoy the art fair that tries to be for ‘all’.
In terms of artists, it is a mix of local and overseas ones, some emerging ones and some very established and expensive ones (yes, there is the usual Damian Hirst, Steve McCurry, Annie Leibovitz etc.). All together there are over 100 galleries from 21 countries and they are showcasing almost anything from paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations, video works and even performances.
I have not been to Art Basel yet, but I felt a little underwhelmed by Art Central. There were some artworks that looked very familiar – and yes, I had seen the artists and their work before.
This year, Tao Yang presented a smaller version of his wrapped up buddhas ‘Parallel meditation’ – but they are not in such a prominent spot than last year, so I doubt they will be photographed that much!
Xiaofeng Li, is also here again with the old porcelain shards turned into suits and dresses.
Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor had been to Art Basel before, but this time he is at Art Central with his sculpture of a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle that, combined with polyester and aluminum, has been morphed into a perfect sphere.
Invader is also not a stranger to Hong Kong – I am just surprise that Over the Influence gallery sells his work, I thought that he did not commercialise his work. But I guess I am wrong. I loved his show at PMQ last year, but I did not enjoy how his work was displayed at the show. But then it’s hard with just a small booth …
I really enjoyed the work by Andrew Gifford – he did a series on Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. Only the Hong Kong pictures were on show today, and sadly (for me!) they were all already sold.
My favourite piece of the show was this monkey painting by Austrian Helmut Koller. His ‘Blue Monkey on White’ is just stunning.
Funnily enough, around the corner of this monkey painting was a picture of a monkey in a zoo by Eric Pillot. I might be wrong (so I won’t bet my money on it) but it looks like it could have been shot in Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich. It looks very familiar to me.
Quite intriguing are these paintings by Antonio Santin – they look like someone or some things are underneath the carpet. They are really three-dimensional, but when you step close to the artwork, you can see that it is flat – it is just a very clever effect!
Finally, some very ‘sweet’ work by Osamu Watanabe, who is the undisputed king of kawai and cute sugary things. Japanese pop art of the 21st century, but fake…
What are your favourites or highlights of the show?