Startlets born? Hong Kong portrait exhibit spotlights 6 top artists

HONG KONG CHINESE ARTISTS CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY

Six top artists from Hong Kong and China are the subjects and not the creators of a fine art photographic show being exhibited during Hong Kong ArtWalk 2011. From artists to startlets, are we witnessing the rise of the celebrity artist?

Hong Kong artist Hiram To in his studio. Image from venicebiennale.hk.

Hong Kong artist Hiram To in his studio. Image from venicebiennale.hk.

The exhibition, called “I’ll Be Your Mirror”, will run at Hong Kong-based 2P Contemporary Art Gallery until 23 March, 2011. More from the press release:

On the occasion of Hong Kong’s biggest charity art event, the Hong Kong ArtWalk 2011, 2P Contemporary Art Gallery presents “I’ll Be Your Mirror”, a special exhibition of award-winning portraits of Hong Kong and China’s most respected and established contemporary artists by Hong Kong-based French artist Virgile Simon Bertrand.

Yin Xiuzhen, 'Collective Subconscious', 2007, installation, minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music, 140 x 190 x 1420 cm. Image from artnet.com.

Yin Xiu Zhen, 'Collective Subconscious', 2007, installation, minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music, 140 x 190 x 1420 cm. Image from artnet.com.

Reinstating formality in portraiture using his distinctively ascetic and contemplative style the photographs evidence the creative dialogue between Bertrand and his subjects. “I’ll Be Your Mirror” features portraits of leading artists including Hiram ToKacey Wong and Ho Siu Kee from Hong Kong and Yin Xiu Zhen, Liu Ye and Zhu Wei from China.

Are artists in Asia becoming celebrities in their own right, following in the footsteps of the likes of Britain’s Damien Hirst? Does this suggest a trend new to the Asian contemporary art world? Leave your comments below.

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Startlets born? Hong Kong portrait exhibit spotlights 6 top artists — 1 Comment

  1. A message from the curator of “I’ll Be Your Mirror”:

    Kindly note the images that accompany this post are not those of the artist Virgile Simon Bertrand and that neither 2P Contemporary Art Gallery nor the artist are responsible for the selection of these images.

    Thank you

    Davina Lee
    Diorama Projects

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