Adrian Cheng’s Highlight in Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 / 巴塞爾藝術周精華游

Louise Bourgeois — Cell (Choisy II), 1995. Pink marble, steel, mirrors. 216.5 x 194.3 x 198.8 cm / 85 1/4 x 76 1/2 x 78 1/4 in.
Installation View of David Zwirner at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018
Mark Bradford, How much do your stones weigh lady?, 2018. © Mark Bradford. Photo: Joshua White.
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Hong Kong’s art lovers are really a fortunate bunch. This year’s Art Basel marks a major breakthrough from traditional art fairs. That’s because we get to experience world class exhibitions without leaving Hong Kong. Beyond the wonderful artworks and speakers at the exhibition itself, the outside is just as lively, with an outdoor sculpture exhibition organized by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, exhibitions opening at H Queen’s and Pedder Street, and a series of events and cultural education activities. I of course could never miss the main event, Art Basel, and this year there are some artists’ works that are particularly worth noting.

藝術週過了一個月,現在終於有時間停下來,整理過去一個月的點滴。香港的藝術愛好者真有福,今年的巴塞爾藝術周,對於我來說,是一個突破傳統藝博會的一周。因為我們不用離開香港,就能體驗國際級的藝術展覽。除了會場內一些精彩的展品以及講座,會場外也一樣的熱鬧,香港藝術發展局推動的戶外雕塑展,包括H Queen’s,畢打街裡畫展的開幕,還有一連串的活動以及文化教育項目。當然我也不會錯過主角巴塞爾藝術博覽會,今年,有幾名藝術家的作品,是值得特別一提的。

 

1. Louise Bourgeois (Hauser & Wirth)

I’m sure everyone has an image of Louise Bourgeois’ spider sculpture deeply ingrained in their minds. I quite like her Cells series, begun in 1989, which provides a bird’s-eye view of the human spirit and psychology. The artwork has a strong sense of space, with mirrors of various sizes hung all over a metal frame. The artist said, “The act of looking into a mirror is really about having the courage it takes to look at yourself and really face yourself.” What kind of self do you see when you walk around this work?

相信大家一定對於Louise的蜘蛛雕塑印像深刻。我偏愛她1989年開始創作的《Cells》系列,俯瞰世人的精神和心理。作品講究空間感,四周鐵架上掛著大大小小的鏡子,藝術家曾經說過 “The act of looking into a mirror is really about having the courage it takes to look at yourself and really face yourself”。 環繞著作品慢慢走一圈,你看到了一個甚麼樣的自我?

 

Louise Bourgeois — Cell (Choisy II), 1995. Pink marble, steel, mirrors. 216.5 x 194.3 x 198.8 cm / 85 1/4 x 76 1/2 x 78 1/4 in.

 

2. Jeff Koons (David Zwirner)

Jeff Koons is an old friend, and I’ve always been watching his work. I visited his studio in Manhattan years ago for a discussion, and it left a very deep impression. When I heard he was coming to Hong Kong this year, I happily accepted an invitation from his gallery to hold a joint banquet for him. Jeff broke with traditional ideas of art, and redefined our notions of products, luxury and artworks, all while leading viewers to look at themselves through his classic works. He really is unforgettable.

Jeff Koons 是我的老朋友了,一直都有留意他的創作,多年前去過他位於曼哈頓的工作室交流,印象深刻。今年知道他來香港,欣然接受了畫廊的委邀,合辦了一場小型的晚宴。Jeff打破了傳統藝術的概念,對商品、奢侈品以及藝術品重新定義,引導觀眾在經典作品中觀看自己,實在令我難忘。

 

Installation View of David Zwirner at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

 

3. Zhou Siwei 周思維 ( Antenna Space/天線空間 )

Zhou Siwei is a Chinese artist with lots of ideas. His works set out from concepts to reflect on technology and human life. The Emerald City exhibition now on view at K11 Art Foundation also features one of his photographic works. He transforms images found on the internet into a series of three-dimensional sculptures, and then transforms these sculptures back into two-dimensional images, presenting an interchange between information and space, both real and virtual, in a portrait of modern life.

周思維是一個非常有想法的中國藝術家。他的作品以概念出發,令人反思科技和人類的生活。這次K11 Art Foundation的《Emerald City》中展出他一件攝影作品。他把互聯網上找到的圖片,變成一組3D雕塑,再把這組雕塑變成平面的圖片,呈現資訊和虛實空間的互換,是現代生活的一個寫照。

 

 

4. Mark Bradford (Hauser & Wirth)

Mark Bradford’s artworks explore the state of contemporary society on a deep level. The work he presented at the Venice Biennale US Pavilion was a hot topic last year. During this year’s Hong Kong Art Week, he created new works for Hauser & Wirth’s new Hong Kong space. This exhibition follows the theme of “maps” as it explores how marginalized communities are quantified and how they form into groups. The artist extracted information from archival materials including transit maps, advertisements and maps used in old financial instruments. With a unique sensitivity towards materials, and methods that break from traditional painting, he physically tears the painting to produce a unique visual landscape.

Mark Bradford的作品討論深層次的當代社會狀況。去年,他代表美國在威尼斯雙年展展出的作品,成為了話題之作。今年香港藝術周,他在Hauser & Wirth的香港新館展出了新作,以“地圖”為主題,持續挖掘邊緣化社區是通過何種方式結群或量化這一議題。藝術家從檔案文獻中提取參考資料,包括交通地圖、廣告和債券中使用過的舊地圖。他對於材質的掌控敏銳,突破傳統的繪畫方式,以身體撕貼畫面,產生獨特的圖紋。

 

Mark Bradford, How much do your stones weigh lady?, 2018. © Mark Bradford. Photo: Joshua White.

 

The lively scene at this year’s Hong Kong Art Week speaks to a gradual Eastward march of the world art stage, which is definitely due to the rise in Asian art. Though this year’s Art Basel still showed mainly Western artworks, we can look forward to increasing maturity in the Asian art ecosystem, bringing us a better artistic landscape in the future.

今年整個香港藝術周的盛況,其實暗示世界的藝術舞台正慢慢向東移,這當然是因為亞洲的藝術發展冒起。雖然今年巴塞爾藝術周的作品依然以西方的藝術作品為主,但期望亞洲藝術家的藝術生態會漸趨成熟,為我們帶來更精彩的藝術風景。

 

 


 

Adrian Cheng is the art pioneer who founded the K11 Art Foundation (“KAF”), a non-profit art foundation in China to incubate young contemporary artists and curators to promote public art education. By providing young emerging artists with a local, regional and international platform to gain greater public awareness, Adrian is the new generation to represent the contemporary Chinese art scene.

Adrian is ranked among the ArtReview Power 100 list in both 2014 and 2015, and also ARTnews’ Top 200 collectors in 2015, as one of the contemporary art world’s most powerful figures. He is also a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and member of the Interim Acquisition and M+ Museum Committee, a Board Member of the Public Art Fund of New York and MoMA PS1, Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts, Board Director of the National Museum of China Foundation, Director of CAFAM Funds of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Visiting Committee of the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Member of International Circle of Centre Pompidou, Member of TATE’s International Council and Board Member of Asia Art Archive.

To follow Adrian Cheng on Social Media :
IG: @ac_kaf
WeChat : adrian_artdiary
Facebook Page: @K11 Art Foundation

 

 

 
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