ART HK 11 Hong Kong art fair: What did galleries bring to ART HK 11? Picture feast

ART FAIRS HONG KONG CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK

From work by seminal American pop artists like Andy Warhol to that of the emerging Asian artists represented in the fair’s ASIA ONE section, ART HK 11 seemed truly international. While we were out interviewing gallerists at the fair, we asked each to pick one image that they felt stood out in the selection of works that they had brought with them. We publish 13 of these artworks below.

Zeng Fanzhi, 'Mao', 2004, from "We" series. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

This [work] is part of the “We Series”, which is a transition series that the artist created between 2002 and 2004. It’s a supreme portrait of Mao [Zedong].


– Fabien Fryns, Director, F2 Gallery (Beijing) / Fabien Fryns Fine Art (Los Angeles)

I Love Ice cream by Wang Chenyang. Digital image processing, c-print, acid-free quality mounting, 160 x 110cm, Ed 3/3. USD 4,190. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Wang Chenyang, 'I Love Ice Cream', digital image processing, c-print, acid-free quality mounting, 160 x 110cm, ed. 3/3. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

The work is about the dream … [that] many young girls [have] to be pretty and happy. [The artist] has created a layout arrangement that produces a blissful feeling [and this is] characteristic of his work.


Gallerie Grand Siecle (Taipei)

Kacey Wong, 'Doomsday (1/5 edition)', 2011, metal, aluminium, lead, electric wires, plastic, 160 x 70 x 72cm. Price: HKD25,000. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

This ‘robot’ can be opened up and the inside of the work is about as big as your body. It’s made of graphite and thus it’s [resistant to] nuclear radiation. [The work] is a response to the radiation crisis in Japan that [began] a few months ago.


– Henry Au-yeung, Director and Chief Curator, Grotto Fine Art (Hong Kong)

Hamra Abbas, 'Untitled (paper plates)', 2008, paper collage, 20 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Hamra Abbas, 'Untitled (Paper Plates)', 2008, paper collage, 20 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

This year we brought along these paper plates [by Hamra Abbas], which have been meticulously planned out. The [patterns are] printed on paper and cut into tiny strips, and those strips have then been almost stitched together, almost weaved, into these geometric so-called Islamic patterns. [The text that runs across the strips reads, ‘Please get served’.] The circular disks were then shaped by an industrial manufacturer of paper plates.


– Hammad Nasar, Curatorial Director, Green Cardamom (London)

Chen Longbin, 'Book Face (Plum Blossoms)' (front view), 2011, mixed media sculpture with plywood and Plum Blossoms Gallery exhibition catalogues, 110 cm x 76 cm x 80 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Chen Longbin, 'Book Face (Plum Blossoms)', 2011, mixed media sculpture with plywood and Plum Blossoms Gallery exhibition catalogues, 110 cm x 76 cm x 80 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Chen Long-Bin, 'Book Face (Plum Blossoms)' (rear view), 2011, mixed media sculpture with plywood and Plum Blossoms Gallery exhibition catalogues, 110 cm x 76 cm x 80 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

This is a work that [Chen Long-Bin] created for this art fair. Basically, he is an artist who works with book crafting. In this recent work he actually used our exhibition catalogues to craft a ‘face’ that is also a bookshelf. It was also created to celebrate [our gallery’s] 25th anniversary.


– Khadinn Khan, Gallery Manager, Plum Blossoms Gallery (Hong Kong)

Guillaume Paris, 'Trust (Purple)', 2007, Lambda paint on aluminium, ed. of 25, signed and numbered, 100 x 100 cm. Price: USD1,250. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Guillaume Paris, 'Trust (Purple)', 2007, Lambda paint on aluminium, ed. of 25, signed and numbered, 100 x 100 cm. Price: USD1,250. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

The message [in the work] is ‘Trust in me…’ In the [1967 Disney movie called] ‘The Jungle Book’ … there is a snake [called Kaa] and the snake sings to [the main character, a boy called] Mowgli, ‘Trust in me, just in me…’. Guillaume Paris has chosen to use the same words.


– Gilles Drouault, gallerie de multiples (Paris)

Gavin Turk, 'Gunslinger', 2011, acrylic paint on canvas, 225 x 135 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Gavin Turk, 'Gunslinger', 2011, acrylic paint on canvas, 225 x 135 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Visually the work shows the artist, Gavin Turk, in the guise of Sid Vicious, the punk singer, who’s standing in the position of Elvis Presley as imagined by Andy Warhol. You have this amazing layering of pop culture references and icons.


– Kate Bryan, Gallery Director, The Cat Street Gallery (Hong Kong)

Feng Bin, 'Dancing in Red Shadows', 2008, acrylic on silk. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

This work was shown at ART HK 11 by Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (New York). Click here to read more about artist Feng Bin.

Lee Sea Hyun, 'Between Red', 2011, oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Sea Hyun Lee, 'Between Red', 2011, oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

This work was shown at ART HK 11 by Hokujae. Click here to read more about artist Sea Hyun Lee.

Keiichi Tanaami, 'Golden Shangri-la', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 200 cm x 300 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Keiichi Tanaami, 'Golden Shangri-la', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 200 cm x 300 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

[Keiichi Tanaami] is a master of Japanese pop art, [coming to fame in] the Sixties, and now he’s 74 years old. He was a nine-year-old living in Tokyo during World War II. Despite this, his work is very positive and powerful [and presents his idea of the after life]. The red bridge [middle-left in the work] is a connection to the other world from this world.


– Shinji Nanzuka, Nanzuka Underground (Tokyo)

Richard Pettibone, 'Andy Warhol Flowers 1964', 2010, oil and silk screen on canvas, 20 individual paintings. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Richard Pettibone, 'Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964', 2010, oil and silk screen on canvas, 20 individual paintings. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

These are all new works by Richard Pettibone, made in 2010. … Pettibone originally created these works in the 1960s and he has gone back to the series. The works are all silkscreens and then hand painted, [referencing Andy] Warhol’s [flowers] or flowers of his own creation.


Leo Castelli Gallery (New York)

Wang Guangle, 'Terrazzo 200911', 2009, oil on canvas, 180 cm x 150 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

Wang Guangle, 'Terrazzo 200911', 2009, oil on canvas, 180 cm x 150 cm. Image by Art Radar Asia (CBKM).

You can see that there are numerous layers for each … dot. The work has the texture [and appearance] of terrazzo, or floor tiling. The process is very time-consuming [and] highly repetitive.


– Lu Jingjing, Director, Beijing Commune (Beijing)

Note to reader: The artworks, galleries and artist represented in these photographs are randomly selected by Art Radar to show a wide range of the work on show at the fair. These galleries, artworks and artists are neither preferred nor endorsed by Art Radar Asia.

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