Contemporary art on show

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 October, 2008, 12:00am

The HKIAAF will host a strong contingent from local and international contemporary art galleries.

Sundaram Tagore gallery will exhibit Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju, Indian painter Sohan Qadri, and American artists Susan Weil, Nathan Slate Joseph and Lee Waisler.

'HKIAAF 08 is a wonderful venue for both contemporary art and antiquities,' said Sundaram Tagore of the gallery that is represented in New York, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong. 'It's also a great benefit that this fair is taking place in the same space and concurrently with international auctions. Concentrating activities in a short span of time is exciting and will effectively draw people from around the world.'

Hong Kong's Grotto Fine Art will present the work of 20 Hong Kong artists and will include painting, sculpture, installation and photography.

'In order to understand contemporary Hong Kong and Chinese art, one must understand traditional Chinese art,' said director Henry Au-yeung of Grotto Fine Art. 'It is in this sense that HKIAAF is our premier choice in presenting the best of Hong Kong art.'

CAIS gallery, which has showrooms in Seoul and Hong Kong, will exhibit the work of young South Korean artists, Bae Zoo, Rhee Da and Kim Jee-hye to broaden the appeal of the new generation of Korean artists.

Goedhuis Contemporary, New York, will span both categories at the fair, presenting a rare wooden Ming Period (c. 1550) private shrine, and works from Gu Gan, Ho Huaishuo, Kong Baiji, Lo Ch'ing, Qin Feng, Qiu Deshu, Yang Yanping and Zeng Shanqing, the leading modernist ink painters now working in China, New York, Paris, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

'Linking antiquities with contemporary works of art in one show corresponds to the way sophisticated lifestyle trends are heading,' said Goedhuis Contemporary founder Michael Goedhuis.

'Intelligent people are tired of sterile interiors with contemporary minimalism and have turned their backs on antique furnishings. Now the trend is towards a rich and stimulating eclecticism.'

Shinseido-Hatanaka Art Gallery in Tokyo will focus on the works of Yabuuchi Satoshi, Japan's foremost Manga sculptor.

His mischievous Running Doji (sacred children) are cast in bronze, have expressive faces and an innocent, humorous quality.

Kwai Fung Hin Art gallery, Hong Kong, will present works by two pioneers of Chinese Pop Art. Wang Guangyi favours the satirical use of communist icons set against a materialist backdrop, while Wei Guangqing's inscriptions incorporate Mao Zedong's texts and calligraphy into pictorial narratives.