Category: Art

Today I’m loving…

I was not really a fan of the Yves Klein tables, but it looks perfect in the living room of Sourth African designer Haldane Martin. And now I think I want one. Via “This is Glamorous”.

Carrie Chau at Times Square

Carrie Chau – one of my favorite Hong Kong artists – has a temporary exhibition/installation in the public space in front of Causeway Bay’s Times Square.

Starting today until the end of December, this will be on display. If you’re in Hong Kong, go check it out!

Online Decorative Arts Encyclopedia

The online knowledgebase “kunstpedia” (kunst meaning art in Dutch and German) has just been launched. The essays and articles, in both Dutch and English, are being added to regularly. And wtih topics ranging from Modern Art, 20th Century Decorative Arts, Furniture, Sculpture, Silver, to Textiles & Tapestries, I think it’s worth checking out!


The Hong Kong International Art Fair begins today, and I’m really looking forward to checking it out tonight. Much bigger than the last event, this fair will see galleries from all over the world meet at the exhibition centre, open to collectors, and the public alike. It’s running in conjunction with talks, previews and other events. So, if you’re in Hong Kong and you’re an art lover I suggest you check it out!

Oh, and PS – thanks to Frey Norris for my VIP passes!

**UPDATE** I thought the art fair was fantastic, so if you’re in HK and didn’t make it to this one – make sure you get there next year. With pieces by well known artists like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Claude Lalanne, Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel and Robert Rauschenberg (cannot imagine how much they have gone up in value since his unfortunate passing last week) – just to name a few – as well as many upcoming Asian artists, it was better than any other exhibition that has been shown here!

Chanel Mobile Art

The Zaha Hadid desiged, Chanel sponsored, temporary Mobile Art container is in Hong Kong until April 5th. If you haven’t already bought tickets then you are out of luck I’m afraid, its been a complete sell out. For those of you around the world, take note – book early! The exhibition leaves here for Tokyo and then heads to New York, London, Moscow, then Paris. I saw the exhibition yesterday. I recommend you check it out if you have the chance!

Hong Kong Artwalk 2008

Tonight is the night of one of Hong Kong’s only annual art events, Artwalk, and I can’t wait.

“Now in its eighth year, ArtWalk is Hong Kong’s biggest charity art event. The ArtWalk benefiting charity for 2008 is, as last year, the Society for Community Organisation (SOCO) – who received a donation of HK$539,000 (approx $69,000 USD) raised from tickets sold from ArtWalk 2007.”
This year, 55 galleries (an increase from last year’s 50 and 41 in 2006) will open their doors between 5 pm to 12 midnight tonight for participants to view an array of art in galleries in the SOHO, Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, Central, Aberdeen, Causeway Bay, Tai Koo Shing and Happy Valley areas of Hong Kong Island.

A great way to check out local and some international art, as well as enjoy great food and wine from the nearby restaurants of Hong Kong’s SOHO, all in all a fun night!

Lucio Fontana

The work of Argentine born artist Lucio Fontana first came to my attention when I flipped through the new book on Belgian antiquarian extraordinaire, Axel Vervoordt (see first image). His most notable work features painted canvas with a series of blade cuts, which, as you can see, gives an interesting extra dimension to them. He has pieces in the permanent collections of the Moma New York, and the Guggenheim. And if I’m lucky, mine also one day….

From “Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors” by Armelle Baron.

Another Axel Vervoordt interior, on the cover of the Assouline published “Axel Vervoordt, the story of a style” by Meredith Etherington-Smith.

An interior by Veere Grenney, left of the fireplace.

Spacial Concept, Expectations, 1959. From the Guggenheim collection.

Spacial Concept, Expectations, 1959. From the Moma NY collection.

The power of Art

Last night I saw the last in a series of eight BBC (UK) documentaries called The Power of Art, presented by Simon Schama. As with most things, I’ve missed the first 7 of them! The one I did see last night was about Mark Rothko. An artist that I did not know much about previously, this was a fascinating insight into an extraordinary man. The presenter was a little pretentious, and there were a few too many knowing glances at the camera that lasted a little longer than necessary, but it was a pretty good show nonetheless. The first seven shows were about Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Turner, Bernini and David. I was wondering has anyone else seen any of these? If so, what did you think? I might have to track them down on DVD.

*UPDATE*, I’ve been informed that the DVD is available from amazon. I also discovered the book version – also available through amazon, or for other Hong Kongers, its available at Kelly & Walsh bookstore, Pacific Place.

Week of art

It’s been a great week in the art world in Hong Kong. First of all, a local gallery organised a Julian Schnabel exhibition and brought him out to Hong Kong for the first time. Very exciting – this kind of level of work does not come here often. I saw the exhibition on Wednesday evening and was really impressed by the work they showed. I must admit I only discovered Julian Schnabel earlier this year when I learned that he had decorated the new Grammercy Park Hotel in New York. It was only after that that I discovered he was quite an acclaimed artist as well as film director.

On Thursday night I attended one of a series of lectures on contemporary Asian Art, held by the Asian Art Archive and sponsored by Christie’s. The subject of the lecture was contemporary studio practice in India. The speaker was Atul Dodiya, an accomplished Indian contemporary artist who has been exhibiting internationally for some time now. Again, I was very impressed. Not only was he well spoken and articulate, but his body of work is quite phenomenal. I was also very happy learn more about the AAA – they are a registered charity, and the only organisation fo their kind in the world – who are amassing a body of work and information about contemporary asian art that is freely available to the public. If you’re ever in Hong Kong and interested in this topic, check it out.

These are my picks from the exhibitions…

Julian Schnabel, “Fox Farm”, 1989 – oil, gesso & resin on found painting

Atul Dodiya, “Three Painters”, 1996, oil & acrylic on canvas (the person to the left is actually the artist)

Contemporary chinese art

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for contemporary chinese artists whose work I could add to our (small but growing) collection. Liu Hong Wei is an artist that has certainly captured my attention. So much so that I had been hanging out for his solo exhibition here in Hong Kong at the gallery Kwai Fung Hin. I missed the opening, by one day, and all but a few of his oils were already sold. Disappointing, but we did find a lithograph we liked, and now it’s ours!

Liu Hong Wei was born in Beijing and raised in the 1970s – a period of socialist movement in China. Liu’s childhood in China during this period in history has clearly been a significant influence on his work. As someone who has spent quite a bit of time there I can see that his paintings – which are mostly of children playing in very surreal environments, totally unaware of each other – are very realistic in some ways. But it’s the surreality of the scenes that draws you in. Anyone that has read some of my previous posts will know that I am an admirer of surrealist art.
Here’s what the gallery owner has to say about his work:

“Encountering a painting by Liu Hong Wei, one is often struck by an eerie sense that the children depicted in the image, although sharing the same space, never seem to fully interact with one another. Occasionally they may look at a companion, but even these rare contacts appear to lack a true interaction, a warm exchange of silent messages. Rather, the participants of each scene are either engrossed in their own individual machinations or else act as onlookers – cold and distant – observing the teeming activities of those around them. Liu emphasizes this inertness through his monotone palette as well as the geometric, flat shapes he uses to develop his composition – the chessboard floors, the perfectly rounded fruits, the straight edged block buildings. His method of painstakingly applying paint in sharp, thin jabs and short strokes of cross-hatching also adds to this static stillness. The light that washes over Liu’s imaginary worlds is spectral and lends them a disturbing, uncanny charge. The titles Liu gives his canvases – Summer, Weekend, Happy Dining Table, Game at Noon – suggests rambunctious, romping scenes, yet they are solitary, desolate, almost menacing visions. In these bizarre lands of Liu’s imagination the perspectives of mind and space are skewed. The paintings of Liu Hong Wei present surrealism at its most discomfiting.”

This is our new lithograph, which unfortunately we can’t pick up until the exhibition ends. I’ve posted a few extra images below of some of his oils. Enjoy!

“Square Series” lithograph, 2002

“98 Diary – Still Life”, oil on canvas, 1998

“River passing through the castle”, oil on canvas, 2006

“The Green Ceramic Jar”, oil on canvas, 2006

“Swimming Pool”, oil on canvas, 2006


Wilson Shieh has been touted as the most talented young artist in Hong Kong, and I had the honour of meeting him this past Saturday at the ICAF. Born in Hong Kong in 1970, Shieh graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1994. He paints modern, sometimes political, and often humorous images on silk using a traditional chinese method called “gongbi” (meaning fine line). He is represented in Hong Kong by Grotto Fine Art – where he has a solo exhibition coming up at the end of this month. I was told by the gallery manager that almost 90% of these pieces have already been sold. He is also represented by several galleries worldwide, so if you are interested in seeing some fantastic contemporary chinese art that incorporates traditional techniques I suggest you check him out. This is one of the pieces that will be featured in his upcoming show.


Today is the beginning of Hong Kong’s first ever International Contemporary Art Fair! It’s being held in conjunction with several Sotheby’s auctions of Chinese art and artifacts. There are several lectures being held as well, so I’m off tomrorow to check it out. Hong Kong doesn’t get many of these events which is why I’m so excited about it. I probably won’t be buying anything, as we are still paying off our last art purchase, but then again, I say the same thing every time I go to an exhibition and we usually come away with something…

Have a great weekend everyone.!

A little night music…

A post on one of my favorite blogs, Things That Inspire, last week on the Tate Modern Gallery in London got me thinking how much I regret not going when I was there a few years back. Our visit to London was at the end of a 3 month trek through Europe and my husband and I had seen just about as much art as we could possibly deal with. Had I known at the time though, that the Tate houses my favorite painting, by one of my favorite artists, I would have been there in a flash. “A little night music” (above) was painted by Dorothea Tanning in 1946. I’ve always been a fan of the surrealist movement, and have recently discovered other female surrealists whose work I admire. For anyone that might be interested, there is an amazing gallery in San Francisco (never visited, but have spoken to the gallery owner on the phone) – they are one of the only – if not the only – galleries worldwide to specialise in female surrealists. Frey Norris is definitely worth the visit if you live in or are visiting the area.
So thanks to Sarah for the inspiration – I have been checking out cheap flights to London ever since and am happily thinking of our next trip!

Parisian prints

I thought I would share some images with you all of some art that I finally had framed over the weekend. I bought these prints (actually, they’re lithographs) at a flea market in Paris – over a year ago – and I got to hang them up last night. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited! Heavens only knows why it took me so long, but they’re up now.