See Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 in Photos
From Long March Space to Lisson, tour the fair in pictures.
1. Zhang Ding’s 18 Cubes is a large installation presented by ShanghART and Krinzinger in the Encounters section. Guests are invited to don a pair of black gloves, grab a piece of onyx, and destroy the work.
2. Olafur Eliasson’s installation at Neugerriemschneider is one of the most popular works at the fair, both on and off social media.
3. We discovered the artist Pandemonia.
4. One of the most significant Chinese contemporary artists, Zhang Xiaogang, is known for his painting. A recent sculpture is on view at Pace Gallery’s booth.
5. Esther Schipper’s booth has works by Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno, and Ceal Floyer. Floyer’s work offers a trompe l’oeil projection onto the wall of a light switch, the kind of light switch you’d see in a home in Hong Kong (the type of light switch shown varies depending on the country the work is shown in).
6. Work by Wang Jianwei is on view at Long March Space.
7. Liang Shuo’s work proves how unreliable it can be to look to experience to understand objects. In this work at Beijing Commune, the scrolls opposite the found-object sculpture mirror the color and lines of the sculpture.
8. The ShanghART booth offers a selection of recent work by pioneering digital artist Hu Jieming.
9. We must tip the hat to Sean Kelly for his timing with this series of works documenting The Lovers, Marina Abramovic’s last performance with her former partner Ulay, which was meant to mark the end of their relationship, both professional and personal: the two walked the Great Wall of China, beginning from opposite ends and met in the middle where they said goodbye. News was recently unveiled about Ulay’s upcoming performance, which makes oblique reference to the couple’s contentious past. Needless to say, the images are more intriguing than ever. Also in the booth are works by Los Carpinteros and Sun Xun.
10. A pioneer of Chinese performance art, Ma Liuming became known in China for his nude public performances in the early 1990s (in 1994, he was arrested for one), when nudity was strictly forbidden. On the exterior wall of Hakgojae Gallery’s booth, there are photos of his performances. Now given mostly to painting, his work in the booth is a painting on canvas of one of his performances from the 1990s.
11. Artist Zhao Zhao being interviewed by BBC China in front of his work Constellations No. 19 at Chambers Fine Art.
12. Chi-Wen Gallery presented a booth of early works by Taiwanese video artists.
13. James Cohan’s booth offered the sadomasochistically-tinged work of Xu Zhen.
14. Mira Dancy’s work at LA’s Night Gallery was a hit from the start. The gallery sold out its booth of pieces ranging from $14,000 to $36,000. But there are still smaller studies in a binder that you can pick up for $3,000 apiece.
15. Vitrines by Claire Morgan at Karsten Greve contained sculptures composed of dead flies, dandelion florets, and occasionally a dead bird.
16. Galerie Perrotin offered a selection of works by various artists including Chinese painter Chen Fei, Japanese Superflat artist Aya Takano, and Japanese contemporary artist MR.
17. The booth at Lisson Gallery was filled with the work of Tatsuo Miyajima, whose light installation Time Waterfall can also be seen at night projected onto the ICC building overlooking Hong Kong’s harbor.
18. Pae White’s Metallics & Modules (2013 – 2016) is presented by Neugerriemschneider in the Encounters section.
19. An installation by Paul Chan delights at Greene Naftali.
20. Kavi Gupta brought a selection of work by Manish Nai, Jessica Stockholder, and Mickalene Thomas, like this sculpture inspired by Thomas’s mother’s brooch. The cat also happens to be good luck in Chinese culture, so it has added meaning.
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