Thursday, March 2, 2017

Art Central 2017 in Hong Kong to showcase 100 contemporary galleries across Asia and the globe

Art Central, in partnership with UOB, returns to the Central Harbourfront from 21-25 March [VIP preview & first night 20 March] with 100 contemporary galleries showcasing the next generation of talent alongside some of the most established galleries from across Asia and the globe.
Now in its third edition, Art Central is recognised as a place of discovery and a platform for museum quality artworks from more established names to be exhibited alongside cutting-edge works by emerging artists.

Staged within an architect-designed temporary structure, the strong gallery line-up is complemented by a dynamic five-day programme that includes interactive installations, experimental film and performance, engaging panel discussions, as well as some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries.

Billed as one of the most anticipated events on the city’s cultural calendar, the 2016 fair welcomed over 32,000 international collectors, curators and art enthusiasts adding a fresh new style to Hong Kong Art Week and firmly establishing itself as an unmissable art event.
"Art Central has established itself as a catalysing force for bringing together emerging and established talents, through an accessible platform that champions discovery, ideas and experimentation," Charles Ross, Art Central Managing Director said. "This year, I am particularly excited to welcome our new gallery partners, presenting art of the highest quality from a spectrum of periods and geographies, and offering our visitors an immersive cultural experience. The quality and ambition of this year’s presentations are testament to our Fair’s strength and identity as a place to meet and exchange ideas."

Robust Line-up of Galleries @ CENTRAL

Art Central 2017 draws together a range of galleries, presenting ambitious solo and group exhibtions across its main Central sector. New additions for 2017 include Art Front Gallery (Tokyo), Artereal Gallery (Sydney), GALERIE OVO (Taipei), Salon de H (Seoul), In The Gallery (Copenhagen), De Buck Gallery (New York, Antwerp, Saint Paul de Vence), and Sims Reed Gallery (London) among others.

Highlight representations from Asia-Pacific galleries will include:
• A selection of works from The Method of Drawing series by Korean artist Lee Kun-Yong (Gallery Hyundai, Seoul), whose experimental performance art is centred on the belief that the body acts as the most effective and direct medium for communication in art
• Mixed media textile works by Mehwish Iqbal (.M Contemporary, Sydney), whose artistic terrain is influenced by her personal experiences of the social, cultural and political landscapes in her birth country of Pakistan and her current home in Australia
• Solo presentation of Imai Toshimitsu (Maekawa + Takemura, Tokyo), an Art Informel Japanese artist who was instrumental in the interactions between Gutai and the international Informel group, increasingly gaining mainstream scholarly discussion
• Thematic street art presentation featuring Invader, Cleon Peterson, Hikari Shimoda and Jerkface (OVER THE INFLUENCE, Hong Kong)
• A trio presentation of three of China’s most significant artists today – Wang Xingwei, Yu Youhan and Zhan Wang (Rén Space, Shanghai)
• Multi-media emerging Malaysian artist Hasanul Isyraf Idris creates strange characters responding to his personal struggles and Haffendi Anuar’s installations recycle found images, objects, and the digital in local contexts (Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur)

Highlight representations of galleries from the Americas and Europe will include:
• Aboudia (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York), whose large-scale, heavily layered, and brutally energetic paintings betray the influence of the civil war that tore through the Ivory Coast and the capital Abidjan in late 2010-2011, during which the artist took refuge in a basement studio and began painting in response to the country’s political situation
• Juana Gomez (GALERÍA ISABEL CROXATTO, Santiago), a Chilean artist who embroiders the central nervous system over photographs of the human body, exploring the systematic “common language” that connects the biological, social and cultural realms
• A celebrated Swedish artist Joakim Allgulander (Orion Contemporary, London) whose sculpture and paintings are characterised by a conceptual base which reinterprets the existential and the mundane
• Works by the SPUR group (Schuebbe Inc., Düsseldorf), the first German post-war group to reappear on the international arena, at a time when the country was characterised by a cultural void

Emerging Talents @ RISE 
RISE presents galleries and art spaces launched in the past six years, showcasing tightly curated solo presentations by early career artists. The sector enables new talents to be discovered and new trends to be visualised.

This year’s selection highlights include:
• Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (London): Sinta Tantra. Voted Blouin Artinfo’s 500 Best Galleries Worldwide in both 2016 and 2015, the Balinese-British artist will present an immersive installation, featuring a theatre set incorporating spray painted murals, geometrically patterned, woven rugs and hanging paintings
• Art Space J (Seongnam-Si): Photographer Beomsik Won whose pieces are assembled from black & white photographs, broken apart and put back together again in a complex process of deconstruction and reconstitution
• Gallery Koo (Seoul): Yun-Kyung Jeong, whose blue-print aesthetic seeks to convey the perception of the ideal, and an imagined utopia
• oh!quadro (Hamburg): The celebrated pop-up kunsthalle who will showcase the work of Brazilian artist Afonso Tostes, whose sculptures are created from demolition wood gathered from sites all over Rio de Janeiro

 Strong representation of Photography at Art Central 2017, including:
• A strong number of galleries will feature photography works of the highest quality
• New to the Fair this year, Anastasia Photo will present a booth dedicated to the medium showcasing Martin Roemers, Tomas van Houtryve and George Steinmetz
• Collector-turned-photographer Daniel Eskenazi (Rasti Chinese Art, Hong Kong) who draws inspiration from both ancient and contemporary Chinese art and philosophy
• Emerging photographer Lim Chang-Min (GALLERY LEE & BAE, Busan) who distills the essence of life into structured, calm and composed photographic images
• Boomoon (Flowers Gallery, London, New York), who has been engaging with landscape in his work as a means of self-reflection since the 1980s, producing large format photographs devoid of human presence Discover Experimental Art at Art Central 2017
• Liam Benson (Artereal Gallery, Sydney) a performance artist who documents his work through photography, video and new media, deconstructing social perceptions of gender, race, culture, sexuality and identity
 • Lee Yanor’s (Zemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv) video installations, emulsion and holograms – photos made with experimental techniques interweaving art, dance, music, sound, and technology, to explore topics such as identity, exile, dreams and memories • Zulkifle Mahmod (Yeo Workshop, Singapore), one of Singapore’s leading sound artists at the forefront of pushing boudaries with his inter-disciplinary approach 


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