Adjacent installations by Pio Abad and Shen Shaomin at the fair offer cautionary tales on the perils of communism and the evils of neoliberalism.
HONG KONG — A nine-and-a-half-minute video created a stir here when it opened on the giant LED façade of the International Commerce Centre tower.
HONG KONG — Add Oil Team is the name of the artist duo of Sampson Wong Yu-hin and Jason Lam Chi-fai, whose most recent work, “Our 60-Second Friendship Begins Now” — aka, the “Countdown Machine” — has sparked a firestorm of controversy, both locally and abroad.
HONG KONG — Optimism is the new normal among artists from Myanmar, and with good reason.
The protests in Hong Kong and Ferguson, like so many others, were both characterized by a strong presence of artists. Members from both communities are now rallying to save these creations.
China has been detaining citizens across the mainland who express solidarity with the Umbrella Revolution, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported. Since September 22, police have held more than 30 people, including several artists, and have questioned many more.
Art has played a role in the Umbrella Movement since day one, from public art installations like Stand By You: ‘Add Oil’ Machine to a Facebook competition to design the movement’s logo.
Glass tubes twisted into typography and pictorial designs have hummed on the streets of Hong Kong since the 1950s.
China has blocked Instagram, various media outlets are reporting, after monitoring sites like Blocked in China and Great Fire were unable to access it.
HONG KONG — Hermann Nitsch, one of the founders of the visceral Viennese “Aktionismus,” or Actionism, of the 1960s, has resurfaced with a retrospective of his work at the CIA (Culture Industries Association) gallery, located in the gritty and remote industrial Kwai Hing neighborhood, as if to counter the glamor and frisson of Art Basel Hong Kong. The inscrutable and pseudonymous gallery directors, Juiz and Mr. Outside, curated the retrospective, a first for the city.
HONG KONG — Art Basel Hong Kong, formerly ART HK and brought into the fold of the Art Basel franchise last year by director Magnus Renfrew, is primarily about place, though it thinks it’s about selling art.
HONG KONG — Unlike the Berlin Wall, which began with the division of post-World War II spoils, or the Israeli West Bank barrier, which divides parts of Israel and Palestine, the Shenzhen/Hong Kong fence, or “Frontier Closed Area,” has as much security power as wet tissue paper.