Friday, May 16, 2014

Fwd: Newsletter No 50 - ArtReview Asia in Hong Kong

ArtReview  Newsletter No 50
A newsletter? Surely it hasn't been two weeks already? we hear you thinking. And you'd be right – but we couldn't wait to announce that the Spring/Summer issue of our sister publication, ArtReview Asia, is available now at Art Basel Hong Kong, and afterwards throughout the region. Inside? An interview with artist and electronic musician Carsten Nicolai – last chance to see his skyscraper-size installation Alpha (Pulse) on Saturday evening in the ICC Tower on Hong Kong's Kowloon harbourfront; profiles of artists Zhang Enli and Michael Joo; an exploration of performance art in India; interviews with artists Tatsuo Miyajima and Koki Tanaka; plus previews, reviews and opinion. And for Hong Kong art outside the fair, ArtReview Asia selects six shows to see.
Alberto Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti, Tête d'Homme (Lotar I), c. 1964. Collection Fondation Giacometti, Paris. © Estate Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti and ADAGP, Paris) 2014
Giacometti: Without End, through 31 May at Gagosian Gallery, Central

In this show you will see Alberto Giacometti's complete suite of lithographs Paris sans Fin (Paris Without End), together with key sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and archival material from the 1930s until his death, in 1966.

Mark Bradford, Circus
Mark Bradford, Circus, 2014. Photo: Josh White. © the artist. Courtesy White Cube, London, Hong Kong & São Paulo
Mark Bradford, through 16 August at White Cube Hong Kong, Central

Earlier this year Mark Bradford spent time in Hong Kong researching architectural floor plans for public housing. The result is this new series of multilayered collaged paintings that criticise the lack of affordable living space in Hong Kong, and which are showing in the city's most expensive location: Central.

Sun Xu, Appreciated Scenery
Sun Xu, Appreciated Scenery, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Sun Xun: Brave New World, through 5 July at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Central

For those who are in search of young and fresh Chinese art, Sun Xun's new animation film, What Happened in the Year of the Dragon (2014), is a must-see. He has also created an immersive installation with a series of drawings and other 'raw materials' that were used in the making of the film – a new direction for the artist within the last two years.

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
Nadav Kander, With Curves of Moon.
Nadav Kander, With Curves of Moon. Audrey in Cosmos I, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
Nadav Kander: Curves of Moon and Rivers of Blue, through 19 July at Blindspot Gallery, Wong Chuk Hang

Parallel to his mixed-media (acrylic painting) works in the Insights section at Art Basel Hong Kong, Kander will present two of his most accomplished series, Yangtze, the Long River (2006–9) and Bodies (2010–14), in his first Hong Kong solo show.

Taiki Sakpisit, A Ripe Volcano
Taiki Sakpisit, A Ripe Volcano, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Opalnest Productions, New York
Chapter 3, State of Being, 17 May, 7–8.30pm (doors open 6pm) at XXX Gallery, Sheung Wan

In addition to Art Basel Hong Kong's new screening programme, you may also want to check out this one-night exhibition curated by Korakrit Arunanondchai, featuring work by nine young visual artists from Bangkok and other parts of Thailand. 

Chen Chieh-Jen, Realm of Reverberations
Chen Chieh-Jen, Realm of Reverberations, 2014, Blu-ray, b/w and colour, sound, four-channel video installation,
20 min loop. Courtesy the artist
8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale: We Have Never Participated,  through 31 August at OCAT, Shenzhen

If you want to take a break from the fair, galleries, endless talks and panels, and Hong Kong's commercial atmosphere, you should take a train ride out to neighbouring Shenzhen, where you can catch the opening of the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale. This edition, curated by Tate Modern's Marko Daniel, has a focus on 'social sculpture'.


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