You like going to Art Fairs?
You like Contemporary Art?
You are interested in collecting art?
In March 2014, I went to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for the Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair. Although I knew the fair from the European point of view, I was very curious to see the proportion of Chinese and local galleries attending the Asian phenomenon. Affordable Art Fair was created in the 1990s by an English: Will Ramsay. From the first year on, the success of the Fair increased to such a point that it allowed its founding members to launch other versions in Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Seattle, Stockholm, Hong Kong and Maastricht. The aim of such an event is mostly to exhibit new artists and to give visibility to small art galleries and collectives. 29000 people attended the Hong Kong fair in 2014, among the 121 galleries which participated, 35 were local.
I heard about the Fair from a friend. I went on Friday March, the 21st. It was very crowded and friendly.
The Flying Pig, inflatable installation, HKCEC, picture@Mathildehk
My favorite gallery:
I noticed a gallery named Art for All Society, presenting artists from Macau such as: Eric Fok,Cai Guo Jie,Lai Sio Kit,Sylviye Lei Ieng Wai,Rui Rasquinho,Mina Ao,Hong Wai. This non-profitable art organization was established in 2007 in Macau and in 2008 in Beijing. I was touched by the details of the works I saw and their retro style. They were mainly works on paper, especially inks: Collection series– Phoenix I, 33 × 33 cm Ink and color on Xuan paper, made in 2013 or Eric Fok Paradise no.44 38 × 29.5 cm Ink on Paper, also 2013. (work to be seen below) AFA also provides young talents with art scholarships.
Paradise no.44, Ink on Paper, 38 × 29.5 cm , Eric Fok, 2013, picture@Mathildehk
My favorite Artist:
Some of you may have encountered a Hong Kong artist working with Lego: Ric Tse. The art form he uses is photography. He became quite famous on the island with his pictures of the Yellow Rubber Duck: Picture This. Ric Tse. Rubber Duck Fever . 2013. The Legography he created are always colorful and humoristic. He depicts many iconic places and scenes in Hong Kong, with full details and crowded foregrounds. This rather playful artist is emerging since 2011 and I understand why he is so popular here.
Legography, photography, Ric Tse, 2013, picture@MathildeHK
Topics and Keywords:
Solo: Topics to focus on
Contemporary Art, Visual Arts, Photography, Fine Arts, Galleries, Art Fair, Art Basel, Artists in Hong Kong, emerging art market
Combo: on the same topic
Art BASEL Hong Kong – March 15-17 2015
Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair – HKCEC –
1 Harbour Road – Wan Chai
Next Hong Kong fair: 22 – 24 May 2015, HKCEC