ART HK 11: Hong Kong International Art Fair is taking place May 26 - 29, 2011 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exposition Centre (HKCEC) in Hong Kong.
ART HK 11 is Asia’s preeminent Art Fair, and one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the international art calendar. Some 260 galleries from 38 countries come together to offer the largest display of contemporary art ever seen in Hong Kong.
The Art Fair presents works from modern masters such as Picasso to important contemporary artists such as Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst, offering visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the very best and most extensive showcase of modern and contemporary art in Asia.
This is the perfect opportunity to build one‛s collection, whether buying one‛s first art work or seeking, as an established collector, to invest in the next masterpiece.
While there is the perception that art collecting is something only the wealthy do, anyone can have the pleasure of owning original art. This interactive tour, hosted by Time Out Hong Kong Magazine, gives the lowdown on art buying at the Fair, what to look out for, buying etiquette, as well as view an interesting collection of works for under $5,000 from galleries participating in the Art Futures and Asia One sections.
Art Futures – A newly expanded section of ART HK, sponsored by Asia’s leading multi-brand luxury retailer Lane Crawford, Art Futures is a multi-gallery display of works by emerging artists represented by galleries established within the last five years, featuring a cross-section of the very best in emerging contemporary art.
Asia One – an exciting a new addition to ART HK showcases solo exhibitions by artists of Asian origin and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience a diverse and current view of the Asian art scene.
New Media Archeology (Hong Kong Edition) – Curated by Ellen Pau
Since the emergence of technological arts over a century ago, scholars in various disciplines have explored media-archaeological excavations, retrieving the relic from early and obsolete practices.
VMAC, launched by Videotage as a research project focusing on the preservation of local media art, gathers early media art works and collects current media art productions. New Media Archeology (Hong Kong Edition) is a presentation of some of the most significant contributions to the research at VMAC, accompanied with archival materials from more than 10 international collaborators, including such entities as Shanghai eArts Festival and ARS Electronica.
Education Programs – As part of its education program, ART HK has partnered with Asia Art Archive (AAA) to host a number of informative and educational talks during the Fair.
Art Tours – A series of guided tours take place throughout the Fair enabling visitors to gain in-depth information on exhibiting galleries and works on view.
Activities for Children – ART HK is committed to developing a platform for children to explore the world of art. Little Picasso Studio and Yummy Mummy Asia present Art Splash, a unique range of art activities for children to enjoy.
Children at Art Splash collaborate with international and local artists to develop a large scale work on canvas, to be auctioned with proceeds donated to underprivileged children in Hong Kong. In addition, children will also enjoy various multi-sensory art activities such as painting, sculpture and clay work.
Examples of the art works on display are from the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City:
Yuki Onodera – Onodera's ongoing Transvest (2002-present) are life-size, gelatin silver prints of human figures in silhouette. From a distance, the figures appear to be easily recognizable characters: a flamenco dancer, cowboy or boxer. However, closer inspection reveals that each form is a cut-out shape clothed in fragmented imagery of diverse subjects that include animals, streetlights, portraits, microscopic organisms, or landscapes.
For the series Portraits of Second-hand Clothes (1994-1997), Onodera photographed individual articles of used clothing acquired from Christian Boltanski's 1993 Paris exhibition, Dispersion, an enormous pile of used clothing symbolizing death and loss.
Pieter Hugo – Hugo's new series, Permanent Error, depicts a technological wasteland in Ghana littered with piles of discarded computers, many of which were donated by the UN in their effort to close the digital divide. Amid the toxic scene, Hugo takes portraits of the young people who make their living by burning down the plastics of old wires, disks and monitors to extract the metals inside.
Sze Tsung Leong – Leong's series of color photographs, Horizons, depicts expansive views of a broad spectrum of environments throughout the world. The locations of the images may be distant in geography and diverse in subject matter, yet the photographs are linked by a common horizon which continues in the same position from image to image.
Simen Johan – Johan's ongoing series, Until the Kingdom Comes, presents animals in natural settings at once realistic and imaginary. By digitally compositing elements of photographs taken in nature or in the studio, the artist presents scenarios that address ways in which we contend with inherent fears and fantasies.
Loretta Lux – Lux creates portraits that address the idea of childhood as a paradise lost. The artist utilizes photography, painting and digital imaging to execute her scenarios of isolation and distance in ambiguous time and space, as well as reference paintings by Old Masters, such as Bronzino, Velasquez and Goya.
Alison Rossiter – Rossiter's photographs are created without a camera on expired, vintage photo paper. The artist collects and subsequently experiments with gelatin silver papers that date from the early 1900s through the 1970s, making controlled marks by pouring or pooling photographic developer directly onto the surface of the paper.
Myoung Ho Lee – Lee's Tree series depicts solitary trees centered in front of constructed backdrops of white canvas, around which the tree's natural surroundings fill the rest of the frame. Centered in the graphic compositions, the canvas defines the form of the tree and separates it from the environment.
Youssef Nabil – Nabil's hand-colored gelatin silver prints are carefully crafted portraits inspired by Egyptian movie posters and films of the 1940s and 1950s. Nabil photographs actors, artists, friends, and himself in glamorous, melodramatic staged scenes that recall stills from Egypt's golden era of cinema. He meticulously enhances his black-and-white prints with watercolor and pencil using traditional hand-coloring techniques.
For more information, visit www.hongkongartfair.com.
ART HK 11: Hong Kong International Art Fair
May 26 - 29, 2011
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive
Wanchai, Hong Kong