With a burgeoning art scene, one critic writing for Britain’s The Guardian reflects on the institutions that bring the most to Hong Kong.
In July 2012, critic and Hong Kong correspondent for ARTINFO Mary Agnew submitted her picks for the top ten contemporary art galleries in Hong Kong for The Guardian‘s guide to the city. The list includes a mix of large and small, for and non-profit spaces.
Agnew’s top ten includes
- 2P Contemporary Art, a small gallery in Sai Ying Pun that represents many local artists.
- 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, which has been operating in Hong Kong for over ten years.
- FEAST Projects, a massive gallery situated on the island Ap Lei Chau.
- Gagosian, the international gallery giant that moved into the historic Pedder building in 2011.
- Gallery EXIT, a gallery that often shows controversial and shocking contemporary artwork.
- Hanart T Z Gallery, one of the first contemporary art galleries in China whose founder, Johnson Chang, is credited with internationalising contemporary Chinese art.
- Para/Site Art Space, founded in 1996, is a gallery notable for being one of Hong Kong’s only non-profit spaces.
- Platform China, a long-standing gallery in Beijing that opened their Hong Kong branch in May 2012.
- Saamlung, a gallery tucked away in a commercial building founded in November 2011 by critic and curator Robin Peckham.
- White Cube, another internationally renowned gallery that made its Hong Kong debut in 2012.
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- Changing global retail landscape: Can Hong Kong galleries adapt? Part I – June 2012 – Art Radar founder Kate Cary Evans asseses the Hong Kong gallery scene in a three-part article
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- Contemporary galleries face intense competition, must re-think game plan – January 2011 – with a burgeoning gallery scene in Hong Kong comes fierce competition
- Hong Kong hailed as art’s Promised Land by Art+Auction Magazine – April 2010 – Hong Kong’s many advantages quickly propelled it to the forefront of Asian art hubs
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