Eve Share Banghart and Maree Di Pasquale from Art Central gives us a sneak peak on what to expect at this first satellite fair to Art Basel on March 14-16th
The launch of the inaugural Art Central is upon us and we can’t wait to welcome you to the fair! Hong Kong is well and truly ready for its first satellite fair of international standards and we’re ready to wow Hong Kong. Art Central has an incredible gallery line up, talks program, ambitious large-scale installations and what we think is Art Week’s best pop-up restaurant – The Continental.
Art Week is just two weeks away and the 2015 edition will be Hong Kong’s strongest yet with Art Central complementing Art Basel and offering even more for the art-loving public, buyers and collectors to see, do and immerse themselves in.
What better backdrop is there for our collection of outstanding artworks than the magnificent Hong Kong skyline? There was no better place to stage the inaugural Art Central than on the new Central Harbourfront - our 10,000 square metre temporary structure provides a refreshing and ground breaking environment in which to enjoy and appreciate art.
We will be welcoming an international section of over 75 galleries from 21 countries, more than 30 of which have never before been seen in Hong Kong! It is this notion of the new, the creation of a site of discovery for our collectors, buyers and art enthusiasts, that we are most excited about.
We are really passionate about presenting artists who are well known and highly collected within their own cities, yet relatively unknown in a global context
Showcasing the next generation of talent alongside some of the most established contemporary galleries from across the globe, the fair prides itself on providing an international platform to artists working across a broad range of mediums, and at all levels of the market.
You’ll find galleries in 2 major sectors at Art Central: Central, reserved for more established galleries, and Rise, a dedicated emerging section featuring solo and dual artist presentations from spaces launched in the last 5 years.
We thought we would share some of our highlights, as a hint of what’s to come. For example works by critically acclaimed Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso, who represented his native Indonesia at the most recent Venice Biennale, are brought to us by Marc Straus of New York.
We also look forward to the solo show at Istanbul’s Krampf Gallery, showing surrealist scuptures by American artist Rona Pondick, whose work has been exhibited and collected by institutions like Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Showcasing our local talent, The Cat Street Gallery presents no less than 6 Hong Kong artists: Bosco Law, Leung Chi Wo, Lio Yeung, Sim Chan, Carey Kwok and Vanessa Wong. Check out this exciting show by an important local gallery which gives excellent insight into who is hot in the Hong Kong art scene now.
Bosco Law, Conversation Lio Yeung, Batman
Pushing the boundaries are our Rise presentations, where we see homegrown spaces like Yallay Art Gallery exhibiting a solo show from Xu Qu, and new Aberdeen space Mur Nomade featuring the colour field work of emerging Hong Kong talent Vivian Poon.
Let’s not forget the young international galleries like Germany’s WEINGRÜLL starring Enrico Bach and his skillful geometric oils on canvas. And, of course, Rehana Mangi presented by Emerge Gallery in Paris where she uses human hair and the principles of Persian miniature paintings to develop a painstaking geometric pattern.
If you are new to collecting and looking to make a purchase at an accessible price, or have an established collection but want to invest in emerging artist and support rising talent, be sure to spend some time having a good look at the Rise sector
A series of large-scale, site-specific installations in our Projects sector will provide some ‘wow factor’ for Art Central, including a stunning crystal piece by Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang for Swarovski. Wang has previously made a mark on the international scene by winning best interior design for her Mott 32. Another of her works is the remodelled ammunitions storage AMMO in Admiralty.
Hong Kong’s Galerie Du Monde will showcase the latest work in the 0-Viewpoint series by China-born, USA-based installation artist Stella Zhang in our Projects sector. Zhang will hand-sew an enormous canopy to create this powerful statement about femininity and the status quo.
Also, Sundaram Tagore Gallery from Hong Kong (with locations in Singapore and New York as well) will bring Taylor Kuffner’s new sound-based sculpture made of Balinese gongs, which will be enjoyed by diners in The Continental’s pop-up restaurant.
Contemporary ink star Lan Zhenghui will debut a monumental installation of his new ink paintings created for Art Central, and brought to us by Ethan Cohen New York.
Contemporary ink art is a particular focus of Art Central
This is a response to the market, as ink art is gaining popularity within both the institutional and commercial scenes. Major museum shows held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the past few years have turned critical attention to ink art, just as these artists are breaking into the 1 million US dollar price range at auction. Ink art will feature throughout the fair, with a full 20 ink artists on show at Art Central.
In addition, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s Talks Program will include a conversation about contemporary ink. Curator and ink specialist Tiffany Beres will moderate a discussion with Hong Kong-based Hung Fai, Beijing-based Peng Wei, and Shanghai-based Ni Youyu, entitled ‘The New Ink Generation: Young Artists on What the Classical Ink Painting Tradition Means to Them.’
‘Art and the Movies’, another of the Talks Program sessions, has architect Joyce Wang, Hollywood film art curator Fanny Pereire, and accessories designer Fiona Kotur Marin discussing movies as creative inspiration and putting fine art in films.
‘Hong Kong Redefined: The Urban Context in Art’ will see four native Hong Kong artists with divergent yet complimentary practices comment on how the urban context has inspired them as artists. A talk on ‘New Media Arts’ will explore the current media arts trends with the intention of uncovering how new modes of production, distribution and exhibition have fundamentally changed the landscape of cultures. A panel discussion led by Art Advisor Jehan Chu with Program Manager of the Google Cultural Institute, Lauren Nemroff Ph. D. speaking will explore the significance and impact of the ‘King of Kowloon’ and his provocative street art calligraphy.
Education is an integral part of Art Central and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be running free educational tours providing insight into contemporary art and collecting. The educational program extends right down to children, with Art Central’s Children’s Education Partner, Art Loop, leading a series of Kids Tours. Fair-goers can literally ‘make their mark’ on Art Central with an interactive graffiti wall installation by the Sovereign Art Foundation. Come have your moment as a grafitti artist at Art Central!
And last but not least, Art Central has partnered with Swire Hotel’s newest restaurant and bar The Continental to bring to life what is set to be the best fair restaurant and bar experience of Art Week! With award-winning British Chef and Financial Times Weekend Magazine food writer Rowley Leigh at the helm, the menus draw inspiration from the grand cafes of Europe and feature the best ingredients from sustainable sources serving dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner each day. The Continental pop-up is the place to be this Art week.
We look forward to seeing Hong Kong’s art loving public in just two weeks for the inaugural Art Central!
Tickets to Art Central are now on sale and can be purchased online through HK Ticketing (www.hkticketing.com) until 13 March and will be available for the special pre-purchase price of HK$200 for two. Tickets will be available at the door for HK$200 per person.
VIP Preview: Friday 13 March, 10am – 6pm
(before Art Basel opens for their VIP Preview at 6pm)
Saturday 14 March, 10am – 11am
Public opening times:
Saturday 14 March – Sunday 15 March: 11am – 7pm
Monday 16 March: 11am – 5pm