Can you imagine artworks from 242 galleries and 35 different countries all in one place? It’s an almost elusive inspiration for fans of various kinds of art. You can witness it every year at the end of March, when Hong Kong turns into a temporary mecca of art!
While most days of the year, regular tourists head to Hong Kong for its wonderful atmosphere, delicious food or luxury shopping, there is no place for them here during the Art Basel show. Admirers of paintings, drawings, graphics, sculptures and photographs flood the whole town. People from all over the world come here for business, knowledge, inspiration... The world of art seems to be endless during these days!
We’ve picked the 3 most interesting artists from Art Basel in Hong Kong who deserve your attention!
An artist from Barbados, currently living on the Indonesian island of Bali. What is it about his work that we find so interesting? Above all, his creativity in the use of various media, such as painting and photography. He applies dense layers of oil paints to photographic prints, and his motifs include mainly extraterrestrial fictional characters or portraits. Crazy, colorful, funny. We can easily imagine such a painting on the wall at home, what about you?
You could see his works for instance in the Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art and other world galleries. He has also exhibited at the Sonnabend Gallery, for example with the famous Jeff Koons or Peter Halley.
American conceptual artist Sean Landers was born in 1962 in Palmer, Massachusetts. He works with painting, sculpture, drawing, sound and video. His art is suffused with kind humor; his works often portray animals, clowns and witty portraits. As far as colors are concerned, he’s not as violent as Bickerton, but his paintings create a luxurious, relaxing atmosphere. How do you like, for example, "animals with fur of cloth"?
Landers' work is represented in numerous museums and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Art Museum, Tate Modern, and galleries in Mexico City or Berlin.
Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata (born 1953) is known for his wooden installations that made him famous from Tokyo to Paris. He creates shelters or giant nests, usually in the corners of buildings, on trees, scaffolds or in close proximity to entrances, mostly made of mass-produced materials such as wood pallets, balsa wood, corrugated metal and cardboard. One of his installations could be found for example on the futuristic façade of the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris.
In 1984 he received a doctorate from the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he later worked as a teacher for several years.