Month: October 2017

Andrew Luk

Practice de Sarthe Gallery Hong Kong Sep 2 – 9, 2017 John Batten Andrew Luk’s short exhibition Practice was the culmination of the Hong Kong artist’s month-long summer residency at de Sarthe Gallery. Given a large section of the gallery to use as a working studio, Luk collected a range of material to produce mixed-media installation pieces, some directly integrating with different physical parts of the gallery. The result was an exhibition with a rawness that was embellished by the finished beauty of the wall-based pieces (his Horizon Scan and Catalyst Kit series), alongside experimentations that successfully moved from studio idea to resolved sculptural form. The main installation Black Square Problem Setting (we’re talking about practice) references Russian artist Kazimir Malevich’s minimal painting Black Square (1915), which, radically for the time, was free from all content. Malevich commented: “I transformed myself in the zero of form and emerged from nothing to creation, that is, to Suprematism, the new realism in painting, to non-objective creation.” Luk evolves Malevich’s idea, literally putting the audience back into the picture by building a functional …

Ha Bik Chuen

Ha Bik Chuen’s Archive of Determination By John Batten For over 50 years, Hong Kong artist Ha Bik Chuen (1925-2009) built a large collection of art-exhibition catalogues, art books, magazines and clippings from newspapers and other printed matter. Often accompanied by his wife or children, Ha also photographed every art exhibition he visited, and his photograph archive comprises hundreds of boxes of prints, contact sheets and negatives. Now known as the Ha Bik Chuen Archive and featuring thousands of individual pieces, it is a historical collection of Hong Kong art and Ha Bik Chuen’s resources, a glimpse of past international art trends and a personal record of Hong Kong’s art scene between the 1960s and 2000s. The collection was formerly housed in Ha’s crowded home and its rooftop in Shim Luen Street, To Kwa Wan, where his family kept everything intact after his death, as he wished. It has now been boxed and relocated to a Fo Tan industrial unit where the Asia Art Archive began a three-year project in 2016, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, to catalogue …

The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+

M+, the highly anticipated museum of visual culture at Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, will exhibit selections from its exceptional ink art collection for the first time this fall. The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+ will explore the pivotal role of ink art in global visual culture, offering fresh perspectives using cross-disciplinary and transnational approaches. The exhibition will run from October 13, 2017 to January 14, 2018 at the M+ Pavilion. While ink art generally refers to visual works with lineage to ink painting and calligraphy in the Asian tradition, M+ is taking a more expansive view. Since the mid-20th century, many artists have committed to distinguishing their work from traditional ink art by devising enlightening and imaginative approaches to reflect upon and make use of that legacy. They have developed new expressions and techniques influenced by personal experiences and incorporated artistic tendencies and materials from outside of their own cultures. These cross-disciplinary and intercultural connections have kept ink art constantly evolving and are central to M+’s strategy for collecting and exhibiting ink art. …

‘Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief’ public programme – ‘We Are One?’ Screenings & Conversations

To accompany Hong Kong’s collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2017, ‘Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief’, M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Centre are co-presenting a programme of film screenings and conversations on the theme of charity efforts. Through a local feature film, a Taiwanese music video, and two international documentaries, ‘We Are One?’ explores some of the central issues raised in the exhibition, providing both a wider context for Young’s newly commissioned work for Venice. Charity Songs That Rocked The World In The 1980s Date: 16 October 2017 (Mon) Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm Screening: Band Aid: The Song That Rocked The World (2004) Post-screening conversation with RubberBand and Wong Chi Chung Charity Initiatives Go East Date: 17 October 2017 (Tues) Time: 7:30 – 10:00pm Screening: Tomorrow Will Be Better MV (1985), The Banquet (1991) Post-screening conversation with Jass Leung Wai Sze and Poon Yuen Leung The World As One? Date: 23 October 2017 (Mon) Time: 7:30 – 10:15pm Screening: We Come As Friends (2014) Post-screening conversation with Keith B. Richburg and Simon Shen Xu-hui Venue: Hong Kong …

Tai Xiangzhou, Zhang Yirong

Sep 13 – Oct 21 Opening: Wednesday, Sep 13, 6 – 8pm   Alisan Fine Arts (Central) The gallery  is proud to showcase a joint exhibition of the two celebrated young ink artists. The show features Tai’s ethereal landscape paintings and Zhang’s larger than life meticulous paintings of flowers and butterflies in painstaking detail. While Zhang’s works were featured in Beyond the Jade Terrace, a group exhibition organized by the gallery in 2014 for four young women Chinese ink artists, this is the first time we will be exhibiting Tai’s paintings.   21/F Lyndhurst Tower 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central T (852) 2526 1091 Email Web Mo-Sa 10:30 am to 5:30 pm Alisan Fine Arts was founded in 1981. Over the years it has organised more than 100 exhibitions for Chinese artists living around the world. Through these exhibitions and other events, Alisan has brought to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia established international Chinese Artists including Zao Wouki, Chu Teh Chun, Gao Xingjian, Chao Chung Hsiang, John Way and Fay Ming, Walasse Ting and Hsiao Chin. …

Mr.

Sep 14 – Oct 21 Opening: Tuesday, Sep 14, 6–8pm Floating in the Air in the Vicinity of a Convenience Store is the first exhibition at the Hong Kong gallery by Mr. (b. 1969, Cupa, Japan). It features recent paintings, a sculpture and a series of drawings. Lehmann Maupin 4th Floor, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central T (852) 2530 0025 Email Web Tu-Fr 10am to 7pm, Sa 11am to 7pm Since its establishment nearly two decades ago Lehmann Maupin has identified and cultivated the careers of an international roster of visionary and historically significant artists. The gallery has garnered a reputation for supporting artists working across disciplines and with new and challenging forms of creative expression; artists whose work has had a lasting impact on contemporary art and culture. Lehmann Maupin has given some of contemporary art’s most highly respected artists their first one-person exhibitions in New York, including Anya Gallaccio, Shirazeh Houshiary, Klara Kristalova, Liu Wei, Do Ho Suh, Juergen Teller, and Adriana Varejão. In addition, the gallery has highlighted emerging talents, such as Mickalene Thomas, Hernan …