Even if you’re not an art lover, Hong Kong has a way of drawing you into the excitement, buzz and glam of its art week. At Hong Kong Art Basel especially, the walking pieces of art (or rather, the eccentric-looking guests at the event) provide more than enough eye-candy to make up the art scene. Art Basel opened with 242 galleries from 34 countries.
We have put together our favorite art pieces at Art Basel Hong Kong as well as our favorite best dressed guests who showed up for the vernissage.
View of a sculpture + paintings by #MikaTajima from @taronasu_tokyo | Galleries 2017. More @artbasel. New York-based Mika Tajima often combines aspects of sculpture, textiles and abstracts.
‘Perceptions,’ a 2017 mixed-media work by #GabrielBarredo made of found objects via @silverlensgalleries | Galleries 2017. More @artbasel
Filipino artist Gabriel Barredo is well known for his mixed media installations made from all kinds of bits and bobs, including electric fan covers, car windshields, wood, paper, coconut husks, bottle caps, bed springs, conveyor belts, wooden beads, and computer parts.
#EddieHara, ‘Joyful Rites of Spring II,’ 2017 (detail), acrylic on canvas via #nadigallery | Galleries 2017. More @artbasel.
Known as the punk uncle of Indonesian contemporary art, Eddie Hara is not afraid to play with colour when painting his slightly creepy characters.
Detail of ‘2014 Summer,’ a painting by #FangLijun via @hakgojaegallery | Galleries 2017. More @artbasel.
artbaselClose-up view of #ChunKwangYoung’s ‘Aggregation 17-JA003 (Star 2),’ 2017 from @pearllamgalleries | Galleries 2017. More @artbasel.
Detail of JinHanLee’s 2016 painting ‘Night Reading’ via @gallery_em_korea | Insights 2017. More @artbasel.
LOVE, one of Robert (Clark) Indiana’s best known works which first appeared in 1958 and then in the early 70s on postage stamps, has a way of drawing you to it. What’s more important than love? Currently showing at the Waddington Custot art gallery, London.
BEST STREET STYLE AT HONG KONG ART BASEL VERNISSAGE in collaboration with our friends at LIFESTYLE ASIA
STYLE TIP: 50s Chic
Shaking away its provocative past, fishnet tights are officially back in fashion, and graphic designer Pilar Cano (@ntmy_artproject) pulled them off nicely by layering them underneath her trousers, adding a tough, fashion-forward edge to her sophisticated ensemble. BY CINDIE CHAN
STYLE TIP: 90s Chic
Star blogger Elle Lee, dressed in Dior from head-to-toe, mastered the balance between edginess and elegance by pairing an embroidered flowing skirt with a blazer and slogan tee that reads ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ — a sentiment we couldn’t agree more with. BY CINDIE CHAN
HISTORICAL TIDBIT ABOUT ART BASEL HONG KONG:
Art Basel was launched in the early 70s in Basel, Switzerland. Although it only arrived in Hong Kong in 2015, Hong Kong is quickly eclipsing Basel (which takes place in June) and Miami (which takes place in December) in the richness of art displayed, out-of-the-ordinary guests that show up and sheer market value of art sales made.