May 29, 2013

Well, it was a whirlwind tour of the Art Basel Hong Kong Art Fair – and the takeaway is pretty positive. Whilst the timing (so close to Frieze in New York and the Venice Biennale) led me to think that a lot of the top-notch stuff was withheld, the turnout was impressive nonetheless. What was particularly interesting – beyond the extraordinary Jean-Michel Basquiat show at Gagosian Gallery – was the evolution of contemporary Chinese art in the world today. No longer is it dominated by the reverberation of anticommunism, an entirely new aesthetic feels to be afoot. Zhu Jinshi’s The Reality of Paint show at Pearl Lam Galleries is a case in point: rarely have I seen so much paint in an artist’s work!

ABHK was also, in a sense, the first (unofficial) off-shore meeting of the advisory panel of the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, to be held this year from 20-22 September. Roslyn Oxley, Tim Etchells, Sue Cato, Mark Hughes, Lucy Turnbull, Dick Quan, led by wonderful CEO Barry Keldoulis. It’s an exciting lineup for what is shaping up to be a very lively moment on the international art calendar. More news on that, very soon.

Author: Nick tobias