Art Basel

Region's artists remain front and centre

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 May, 2012, 12:00am


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MCH Group, the company that runs two of the world's most important art fairs - Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach - may have acquired a 60 per cent ownership stake in Asian Art Fairs, which owns the Hong Kong International Art Fair (Art HK), but Art HK 12 will maintain its Asian flavour.

Asia One, a section showcasing solo artists from this region, returns this year with 49 participating Asian galleries. All will be located at the heart of the two halls in the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Also returning is Art HK Projects, a section dedicated to large-scale sculpture and installation works by leading artists from around the world. Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, all projects this year are by Asian artists: Yayoi Kusama, Tatsuyo Miyajima and Yin Xiuzhen. They will be presented by the Gagosian Gallery, Scai the Bathhouse and the Pace Gallery respectively.

Kusama's Flowers that Bloom at Midnight (2009) revisits a motif that had populated her imagination since the very beginning of her career, and it is evident that the gay yet monstrous blooms of today have their origins in the surrealistic nightshades that pervade her early landscape paintings.

Miyajima's Hoto (2008) is a six-metre-high silver-mirrored tower with 3,287 LED digital counters over its surface that symbolise the miracle of life while Black Hole (2010) by Chinese artist Yin is a giant diamond that represents our society's desire for resources and progress, and the long-term environmental costs of this consumption.