ART HK 11 Hong Kong art fair: Chinese artist Gao Weigang wins 2011 ART FUTURES award

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Intuition, the artistic project conceived by Gao Weigang, has captured the attention of the ART FUTURES judges at ART HK 11. The Chinese artist, represented by the Beijing gallery, Magician Space, was announced the recipient of this year’s prize at an awards ceremony that took place at the fair on Thursday 26 May 2011.

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ART HK 11 ART FUTURES award winner Gao Weigang with judging panel. (From left to right, Magnus Renfrew, ART HK Fair Director; Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific; Gao Weigang, winner; Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London; Joanna Gunn, Lane Crawford Vice-President of Creative, Marketing and Communications). Image courtesy of ARTHK11.

ART HK 11 ART FUTURES award winner Gao Weigang with judging panel. (From left to right: Magnus Renfrew, ART HK Fair Director; Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific; Gao Weigang, winner; Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London; Joanna Gunn, Lane Crawford Vice-President of Creative, Marketing and Communications). Image courtesy of ART HK 11.

The competition for the USD25,000 cash prize, sponsored by the Asian luxury retailer Lane Crawford, was particularly fierce amongst artists this year as the 2011 ART FUTURES is ART HK’s largest edition to date. The Heilongjiang-born artist Gao Weigang stood out from his contemporaries with his artwork Intuition. The piece is inspired by the concept of tiger skin and it is charged with symbolic references. Gao, born in 1976, has been exhibiting in China since 2006. In 2008 to 2009 he exhibited solo at China Art Archives & Warehouse (Beijing); the show, called “Foreign Bodies”, was curated by Ai Weiwei.

In its third year of conception, ART FUTURES has tripled in size from its original format. This year it features a total of 45 international galleries from 23 countries, representing a broad spectrum of emerging contemporary art around the globe and continuing its original aim of showcasing “emerging artists and [encouraging] a presence of fresh, exciting new work at the fair.” Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander took home the 2010 ART FUTURES award.

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