Zhang Xiaogang

Former glories

Former glories

In time of uncertainty, people become nostalgic. That may go some way to explaining why this year's Fine Art Asia is devoting part of its showcase to Hong Kong ink paintings from the 1960s and '70s.

Sunday, 23 September, 2012, 10:28am

Olympic strokes

'Harmony during development' might sound like a slogan heard during a National People's Congress meeting, but it is, in fact, the central theme of an art exhibition featuring the work of Chinese painters being staged during the London Olympics.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

M+ 'will keep its focus' on HK artists

With a single HK$1.3 billion donation of Chinese contemporary art mainly by mainland artists set to fill a third of the M+ museum of visual culture, its chief has denied it is switching its focus from Hong Kong art.

Executive director Lars Nittve said he had his eye on the Hong Kong Museum of Art's collection to help fill the rest of the space.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rethink the ink

This is an astonishing month in Europe for 59-year-old Chinese artist Liu Dan. His monumental black ink paintings on paper are headliners at three prestigious shows: at the British Museum, London's cutting-edge Saatchi Gallery, which is holding a non-commercial exhibition called 'Ink', and the Guimet Museum in Paris, which specialises in Asian art.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

CREATIVE ambitions

No luxury home is complete without the family's favourite artworks. But buying a painting is not just about appreciation, it also has the potential to be a lucrative investment.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A new look for an old craft

The internet has changed everything, even ancient systems such as the art scene. At least, this is what Alice Zhang, founder and owner of online art platform Mischmasch Gallery, has found.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Betting big in art's hard times

The economic outlook may be grim and the world art market on a rocky ride, but auctioneers in Hong Kong are undeterred - they have launched a series of sales with blockbuster names that they hope will defy the financial turmoil.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

This is a good week to go on a fine-art buying spree, especially if you have pockets as deep as so many mainland collectors. Sotheby's will be holding its second sale of the Ullens collection tonight, placing 90 lots on the block, including works by Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Fanzhi and Sui Jianguo, estimated to fetch more than HK$77 million in total.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Not over until it's oeuvre

Swiss-born Monique Burger and her husband, Max, are big spenders when it comes to contemporary art. Joining the ranks of billionaires Roman Abramovich and Francois Pinault, the Hong Kong-based couple are among the world's 200 most active collectors, according to ARTnews magazine.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Culture club

This is a typical Edouard Malingue gesture: when his interviewer leaps spontaneously to her feet to examine some detail in his gallery, he immediately stands up, too, and he doesn't sit down again until she does. He's politeness personified. He's an art dealer and that means he's essentially a salesman, but he's as unassuming an individual as you could wish to meet - no bling, no bluster.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

All the fun and commerce of the HK art fair

Mainland artist Ai Weiwei's detention may have grabbed international attention but his sole work on display at the Hong Kong International Art Fair, which ended yesterday, was easy to miss, nonchalantly displayed on a coffee table in the Swiss Galerie Urs Meile booth.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

State of the art

It never rains; it pours. The arrival of ART HK - Hong Kong's major contemporary art fair - is bringing a deluge of visual arts events this week, when some of the world's biggest galleries, artists and auction houses come to town to show off works of all dimensions to buyers and collectors from around the region.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese painting fetches record HK$79.06m

Zhang Xiaogang's Forever Lasting Love (1988) became the most expensive contemporary Chinese painting in history when it was sold for HK$79.06 million in a Sotheby's Hong Kong auction last night.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Artist driven by passion

People looking bewildered inside a lift, close-ups of individuals sound asleep and workers taking a break on the pavement at Hollywood Road are some of the scenes captured in Silas Fong's videos and installation works.

30 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Hopping along

In 2001, the Red Mansion Foundation, a Britain-based cultural organisation, held an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art in London, showcasing works by 20 of 'the most exciting artists from China'.

22 Jun 2010 - 12:00am