You liked Art Basel?
You want more Contemporary Art?
You want to collect yourself?
Last week-end, I went to a second Art Fair taking place on Harbor Front: Art Central. Between affordable art fair and Art Basel, Art central was a very nice experience. With 77 exhibitors and about 30000 visitors, the fair, launched by the founders of ART HK, Will Ramsay, debuted 14-16 March 2015 to coincide with Art Basel’s Hong Kong edition. (Will Ramsay was the founder of the Affordable Art Fairs, which are staged in a variety of cities across the world.)
The exhibition halls were showcasing 5 installations, among which I selected the following pieces:
LI HUI (PARKVIEW ART HONG KONG, HONG KONG / BEIJING / SHANGHAI)
STREET FOOD AREA, PICTURE@ARTCENTRAL
STELLA ZHANG (GALERIE DU MONDE, HONG KONG)
BOOTH H1 PICTURE@ARTASIAPACIFIC
I really enjoyed the works selection and the Asian atmosphere of the show! There were some galleries I already noticed during Affordable Art Fair last year, such as AP contemporary, HK, with the suggestive and feminine works by Hong Wai, (born 1982), a digital artist and Chinese ink painter based in Paris and Macao.
As the gallery curator Pia Camilla Copper noticed:” Ink has been confined for generations to a masculine universe. Here, Hong Wai journeys with ink to a new frontier, that of the mysterious feminine. The mountain and river landscape has become instead a woman’s body.”
Hong Way. picture@artcentral
I also liked the painted works by the Spanish artist Antonio Santin, exhibited by the New York gallery Marc Straus. The artist was working on rugs that could be seen as real textured still-lives. By watching at the oil closely, one had the feeling the painting was made of plastic strings, when it was actually thick layers of paint. The 3 dimensional effect was also quite fascinating.
Tropezón, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 90 1/2 inches / 230 cm, picture@artcentral
I was pleased to find so many Hong Kong galleries I never knew before and to discover many new artists, such as Jessi Wong from Gaffer, Hong Kong based gallery, or to be able to appreciate some works by Peter Steinhauer and the artists from Contemporary By Angela Li, Hong Kong.
Picture, Peter Steinhauer, picture@artcentral
“Art Central will feature 77 galleries, 65 percent from the Asian continent and 18 percent from Hong Kong.
So, unlike ABHK, which has a strong western influence, it is predominantly for Asian galleries aimed at Asian collectors”
said Colin Gleadell from the Telegraph.