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Hong Kong art week is soon upon us and without a doubt, one of the most anticipated events of the week is the return of Art Central to the Harbourfront for its second year. A young art fair, already in its inaugural year it proved to be a fair to be reckoned with, as it attracting 30,000 visitors from Hong Kong and around the world.
As a media partner of the fair, Style by Asia gives you some of the highlights of the fair, enabling you to prepare your visit and making sure not to miss out on any of the program highlights. Many talks and events need RSVP so get on it now!
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Kicking off first in art week, its "First Night" on Monday March 21st 5-9pm is promising to be something special. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline, the evening of art, champagne and performance will offer collectors and art enthusiasts alike an exclusive first view of the fair. This is also the first time Art Central opens to the public at night, and it sure will be something to remember. Tickets are limited, priced at HK$500 and include a complimentary glass of champagne. We will of course be there, giving you some live social media action so make sure you follow us on instagram and twitter @style_by_asia!
This, Hong Kong's most vibrant contemporary art fair, has announced program highlights that include spectacular large-scale installations, an engaging talks program, performance art as well as tours.
And of course there will be galleries! Art Central 2016 will present over 100 hand-selected galleries from 21 countries, with over 75% hailing from greater Asia, represented in three main sections CENTRAL, RISE and PROJECTS. And this, the fairs commitment and support of Asian art, artists and galleries is one of the things that make us love them.
In addition, Swarovski returns in 2016 to unveil a spectacular kinetic installation made by combining a mix of unconventional fibre and Swarovski crystal fabric by British Chinese designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng.
The section PROJECTS will introduce four large-scale installations and spatial interventions that challenge the confines of the traditional art fair booth. More about them all below:
WALL HANG, 2016
0.5m W x 8m L x 3.5m H
PAULNACHE, Gisborne, Booth F11
Wall hang is a site-specific installation by New Zealand-born artist Peter Adsett, which presents the viewer with a playful meditation on the complicity between abstract painting and architecture. Whilst decorative in its form,Wall hang aims to rejoin shapes and materials within the space in a way that is reminiscent of trompe l’oeil fresco painting.
SUSPENDED LANDSCAPE, 2016
Acrylic laser cut structure (polymethacrylate) with wood and plexiglass, nylon wires, acrylic paint
600 cm L x 350 cm W x 300 cm H
Opera Gallery, HK / Paris / London / NYC / Geneva / Monaco / Miami / Singapore / Seoul / Dubai / Beirut, Booth C7
Suspended Landscape is a site-specific installation that synthesizes Canto's signature graffiti style with radical Constructivism and the kinetic effects of Op Art.
LOCKING HORNS (PART OF THE SERIES OF WORKS RELIQUARIES), 2015
Dyed damask, dyed cotton, dyed linen, dyed velvet, digitally knitted yarn, digitally printed cotton, digitally printed linen, digitally printed velvet, digitally printed furnishing fabric, embroidered damask, embroidered cotton, embroidered linen, chainstitch embroidery, Swarovski crystals, beadwork, faux pearls, draped threads, screen-print, bleach
170 cm W x 155 cm H, 195 cm W x 145 cm H, 120 cm W x 170 cm H, 150 cm W x 200 cm H, 85 cm W x 80 cm H
Coates and Scarry, London, Booth A9
This installation is the conclusion of a body of work which Hussey began in 2013,which draws inspiration from Brugel’s epic narrative based paintings and centers on taking control of circumstances that have shaped Hussey's life.
BACK TO THE DARK AGES, 2015/16
Pencil, ink, shellac, watercolour & pigment on Saunders Waterford 300 gsm cotton rag paper
150 cm W x 1000 cm L
Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Booth B6
An ambitious, large scale hanging scroll, the piece investigates issues of contemporary politics through large-scale panoramic sheets of paper with text-based imagery and expressive, scrawled drawings furthering his exploration of the themes in his solo show 'Screenshots' at Dominik Mersch Gallery (Sydney) in 2015.
This year Art Central presents the fair’s first exhibition of new media and performance art, called MEDIA X MUMM, which is supported by the champagne bearing the same name. MEDIA X MUMM projects include a newly commissioned performance by Ting-Tong Chang, The Colosseum, presented by RISE exhibitor Christine Park Gallery (London). Ting-Tong uses time as a core component of the durational installation that will continue to evolve over a six day period. Other projects include Nonotak Studio (Bluerider ART, Taipei), Yves Netzhammer (Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt), and The Container (Tokyo). In this section you also will find Hong Kong’s own Sin Sin Fine Art, presenting Growth (2016) by Indonesian born Dwi Setianto. Growth is a specially commissioned, site-specific installation extending 12 meters in length. The work comprises of ink drawings of varying sizes, including a ten-meter ‘growth’; drawings and installations of plant motifs on recycled paper; as well as vines, seeds and inflorescent lighting, all of which take on a life of their own within the walls of the fair. More info here
Another new thing for this second fair is the launch of ROUNDTABLE X 4A; a series of discussions, interviews, presentations and performances hosted by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art from Sydney. The roundtable program aims to increase appreciation for contemporary art with guests able to join the 4A team at their communal ‘roundtable’ to participate in a dynamic program featuring performances by Frances Barrett, Abdullah M.I. Syed and Latai Taumoepea, each of which will reflect on the context of the contemporary art fair in Asia. See the programme here
Film makes an entry on the stage this year. SCREEN X EXPERIMENTA is a curated platform for experimental and narrative motion picture filmmakers. Founded on the ideologies of experimentation, creative process, and open dialogue across a variety of art forms and styles, their most fundamental conviction is that artistic experimentation has the potential to transform and enlighten individuals and communities. Curated by Gina Wong, founder and director of Experimenta Hong Kong, the program will comprise of a collection of short films from across Asia and the world and will be screened daily at the fair. See the full screening programme here
And finally, the part of the programme we are looking forward to the most; Asia Society Hong Kong Center will return to enhance the Art Central experience with a series of talks and panel discussions. TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY provides a means for visitors to directly engage with some of the leading artistic trends in Asia and the world, and will feature Alexandra Munroe (Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation) in conversation with leading contemporary artist, Shen Wei. See the full programme and register here
At Central Fair Director Maree Di Pasquale says:
For the second edition of Art Central we’ve created a bold program with a distinctly Asian edge that complements our strong line-up of over 100 galleries, and aims to encourage the next level of discovery and engagement with art.
From must-see installations to considered roundtable discussions, the program has been built with everyone from the art-loving public to seasoned international collectors in mind."
The evolving program with daily schedules is available online so make sure to check in for any updates to the programme!
For a list of exhibiting galleries, click here
Education is an integral part of Art Central, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be conducting free educational tours providing insight into contemporary art. Tours are approximately one hour long, and cover highlights of the works on view at the fair. Check out the times and RSVP (crucial) here
And of course, a fair is nothing without a watering hole, and this year it is Belon that will quench your thirst and fill your belly. This years Art Central restaurant showcases French-rooted yet locally-influenced cooking. The interior of the pop-up edition of Belon has been custom designed by Fair Architect Stiff & Trevillion as the social hub of the Art Central tent, which at over 10,000 square meters, creates a bold statement on the Hong Kong skyline. See more about it here
Art Central also collaborates with ABSOLUT, bringing Guru Jimmy, to create a technicolor dream-state Art Bar at the fair, as well as in ZUMA in Central Hong Kong. Guru Jimmy has been given carte blanche to fully conceptualise and create his Art Bar, from drinks to décor and entertainment and ambience. Inspired by the artist and Absolut’s shared belief that social connections enrich our lives, Guru Jimmy creates at Art Central a technicolor dream-state replete with beanbag chairs, material wealth rugs, and other spiritual endeavours.
The Absolut Ashram by Guru Jimmy is the ideal locale for replenishment, relaxation and reflection, open 22-26 March in the Art Central Street Food area. This promises to be something special indeed.
About Art Central
Tim Etchells, Sandy Angus, Will Ramsay and Charles Ross together founded the inaugural Art Central. The same team together founded ART HK in 2008, which quickly became a major fixture of the international art world, prior to Art Basel acquiring the Fair in 2011.
Tim Etchells went on subsequently to found Art13 London and Sydney Contemporary in 2013. He has also managed and operated Melbourne Art Fair since 2014.
Sandy Angus is a Director of India Art Fair and co-founded Istanbul’s newest art fair, ArtInternational in 2013. He co–founded Art13 London and in 2014 founded Photo Shanghai, the first international art fair dedicated to photography in Asia-Pacific.
Will Ramsay is the founder of the PULSE Art Fairs which are staged annually in New York and Miami. He is a Director of India Art Fair and also founder of the Affordable Art Fairs, which are staged in a variety of cities across the world.
Art Central Managing Director, Charles Ross was also Managing Director of ART HK since the fair’s inception in 2007. He played a pivotal role in ART HK’s collaboration with Art Basel, and has been Managing Director of Art16 London since its inception.
Monday 21 March 5.00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday 22 March 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday 23 March 11:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 24 March 11:00am – 12:00pm
Public Opening Hours
Wednesday 23 March 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 24 March 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday 25 March 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 26 March 11:00am – 6:00pm
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