John Batten

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What’s caught our eye at Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Obituary: Nigel Cameron, Hong Kong art critic and forthright advocate for a fledgling generation of artists

Known in his early career in Asia for books about China with photography by Brian Brake, Cameron once buttonholed Zhou Enlai, in French, to get a travel pass; in Hong Kong, he helped the art scene grow

Known in his early career in Asia for books about China with photography by Brian Brake, Cameron once buttonholed Zhou Enlai, in French, to get a travel pass; in Hong Kong, he helped the art scene grow

Obituary: Nigel Cameron, Hong Kong art critic and forthright advocate for a fledgling generation of artists
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
The Collector | Black American treasures from turbulent times go on show in Hong Kong

Rising Above: the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection features artefacts related to the experience and contributions of black people to the American story

Rising Above: the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection features artefacts related to the experience and contributions of black people to the American story

Black American treasures from  turbulent times go on show in Hong Kong
6 Jan 2017 - 7:04PM
Hong Kong’s 2016 arts highlights: countdown clock flap, HKPhil maestro’s New York job, some sublime Shakespeare and Wicked

Fuss over Hong Kong artists projecting a countdown to 2047 onto ICC provided biggest drama, Jaap van Zweden’s recruitment by New York Philharmonic and Palace Museum for arts hub were big news, and top-class troupes marking 400 years since Bard’s death provided performing arts highlight

Fuss over Hong Kong artists projecting a countdown to 2047 onto ICC provided biggest drama, Jaap van Zweden’s recruitment by New York Philharmonic and Palace Museum for arts hub were big news, and top-class troupes marking 400 years since Bard’s death provided performing arts highlight

Hong Kong’s 2016 arts highlights: countdown clock flap, HKPhil maestro’s New York job, some sublime Shakespeare and Wicked
4 Jan 2017 - 10:47AM
The Collector | Konstantin Bessmertny’s art celebrates missteps in the messy jumble of life

The Russian artist’s recent work, featured in a Macau Museum of Art show, is a virtuoso display, with the privileged and corrupt the targets of his skilful wrath

The Russian artist’s recent work, featured in a Macau Museum of Art show, is a virtuoso display, with the privileged and corrupt the targets of his skilful wrath

Konstantin Bessmertny’s art celebrates missteps in the messy jumble of life
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
The Collector | ‘Toy as Medium’ art exhibition explores fun and games

The interactive show at Floating Projects art space offers Hongkongers a chance to reminisce

The interactive show at Floating Projects art space offers Hongkongers a chance to reminisce

‘Toy as Medium’ art exhibition explores fun and games
3 Dec 2016 - 11:04AM
The Collector | Artist paints burning bright seascapes from Hong Kong eyrie

Richard Winkworth explores his fascination with Hong Kong’s maritime life from his home in Ap Lei Chau, capturing the ever-changing interplay of light and water, ships and land - work featured in an exhibition,The Sea

Richard Winkworth explores his fascination with Hong Kong’s maritime life from his home in Ap Lei Chau, capturing the ever-changing interplay of light and water, ships and land - work featured in an exhibition,The Sea

Artist paints burning bright seascapes from Hong Kong eyrie
17 Nov 2016 - 5:40PM
The Collector | Hong Kong artist’s homage to his selfless amah

She came from poor farming stock in Zhongshan, and chose chastity and the sisterhood of the ‘combed up’ women over arranged marriage. Artist Kurt Tong honours Mak Ngan-yuk’s sacrifice and a dying tradition

She came from poor farming stock in Zhongshan, and chose chastity and the sisterhood of the ‘combed up’ women over arranged marriage. Artist Kurt Tong honours Mak Ngan-yuk’s sacrifice and a dying tradition

Hong Kong artist’s homage to his selfless amah
4 Nov 2016 - 5:47PM
The Collector | Trevor Yeung’s poignant exhibition all about love and loss

The Hong Kong-based artist explores love and loss, appearance and reality, in this beautifully arranged show, where sentimentality and sadness collide with kitsch and pure happiness

The Hong Kong-based artist explores love and loss, appearance and reality, in this beautifully arranged show, where sentimentality and sadness collide with kitsch and pure happiness

Trevor Yeung’s poignant exhibition all about love and loss
23 Oct 2016 - 9:01AM
Anish Kapoor: sculptures that explore space and mirrors
8 Oct 2016 - 1:01PM
The Collector | Doris Wong’s solo show is an exercise in rebirth and self-control

Parenthood may have stalled the Hong Kong artist’s creative output but becoming a mother was the driving force behind ‘Without Trying’, her first exhibition in five years

Parenthood may have stalled the Hong Kong artist’s creative output but becoming a mother was the driving force behind ‘Without Trying’, her first exhibition in five years

Doris Wong’s solo show is an exercise in rebirth and self-control
11 Sep 2016 - 12:44PM
Hong Kong International Photo Festival focuses on family

Exhibition sees 13 photographers tackle the broadly defined idea of family – although not broadly enough to address multicultural diversity, single parents or LGBT people

Exhibition sees 13 photographers tackle the broadly defined idea of family – although not broadly enough to address multicultural diversity, single parents or LGBT people

Hong Kong International Photo Festival focuses on family
26 Aug 2016 - 11:10AM
Mind the gaps and watch your steps at joint show of visual art

Two young Hong Kong artists get to grips with ‘interstitial space’ through the medium of video art, in an exhibition that rewards patient engagement

Two young Hong Kong artists get to grips with ‘interstitial space’ through the medium of video art, in an exhibition that rewards patient engagement

Mind the gaps and watch your steps at joint show of visual art
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
The Collector | Hong Kong artist’s debut show walks fine line between reality and illusion

In his first solo outing, Eason Tsang exhibits mind-boggling works of art that trick the eye

In his first solo outing, Eason Tsang exhibits mind-boggling works of art that trick the eye

Hong Kong artist’s debut show walks fine line between reality and illusion
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Art review: Hong Kong Contemporary Photography exhibition is ‘unusually good’
15 Jul 2016 - 2:51PM
The Collector | Gagosian Hong Kong shows first paintings of much collected sculptor Thomas Houseago

Yorkshire-born, Los Angeles-based artist’s paintings blend futurism, cubism and modernism. Knowledge of Houseago’s sculp­ture, inspired by primitivism of African and Oceanic art, provides a better under­standing of exhibition

Yorkshire-born, Los Angeles-based artist’s paintings blend futurism, cubism and modernism. Knowledge of Houseago’s sculp­ture, inspired by primitivism of African and Oceanic art, provides a better under­standing of exhibition

Gagosian Hong Kong shows first paintings of much collected sculptor Thomas Houseago
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Indonesian art trio  bend reality in virtual installations
19 Jan 2016 - 5:00AM
Art review: calligrapher Fung Ming Chip plays with characters

Shu Fa Sutra, an exhibition of work by a Hong Kong calligraphy stalwart, shows his playful interpretations of the ancient Chinese art form 

Shu Fa Sutra, an exhibition of work by a Hong Kong calligraphy stalwart, shows his playful interpretations of the ancient Chinese art form 

Art review: calligrapher Fung Ming Chip plays with characters
22 Dec 2015 - 4:10PM
Biennale Jogja shows Indonesian and Nigerian art as activism

Indonesia’s most important contemporary art event presents a host of stories in a post-colonial framework

Indonesia’s most important contemporary art event presents a host of stories in a post-colonial framework

Biennale Jogja shows Indonesian and Nigerian art as activism
3 Dec 2015 - 4:46PM
Bats everywhere, but not the scary kind - Asia Society art show reviewed

Bat in Chinese sounds like good fortune so the flying mammals are considered auspicious

Bat in Chinese sounds like good fortune so the flying mammals are considered auspicious

Bats everywhere, but not the scary kind - Asia Society art show reviewed
27 Oct 2015 - 5:00AM
Exhibition - Xu Zhenbang: Look Again - a Warhol for the computer age

The Shenzhen-born artist stretches Warhol's screen-printing techniques into our computer-slick world to add text and distort familiar objects.

The Shenzhen-born artist stretches Warhol's screen-printing techniques into our computer-slick world to add text and distort familiar objects.

Exhibition - Xu Zhenbang: Look Again - a Warhol for the computer age
6 Oct 2015 - 4:18PM
Joint photography exhibition recalls dramatic scenes of Occupy movement
28 Sep 2015 - 5:03PM
Street-style murals make a successful foray into Hong Kong gallery

Presenting street art in a formal setting seems to defeat the spontaneous and rebellious intention of the original, but SoHo exhibition Hidden Street, with its temporary art painted on a gallery's walls, is a success.

Presenting street art in a formal setting seems to defeat the spontaneous and rebellious intention of the original, but SoHo exhibition Hidden Street, with its temporary art painted on a gallery's walls, is a success.

Street-style murals make a successful foray into Hong Kong gallery
1 Sep 2015 - 7:12PM
Hong Kong show for Japanese artists who play with the familiar

Winter Garden exhibition explores "the micro-pop imagination in contemporary Japanese art".

Winter Garden exhibition explores "the micro-pop imagination in contemporary Japanese art".

Hong Kong show for Japanese artists who play with the familiar
17 Aug 2015 - 10:59PM
Why the Hong Kong Museum of Art needs to revamp its set-up as much as its building

Clad in pasty pink, insensitive to its superb location, and too small - the Museum of Art has long been needing a revamp. But an overhaul of its operations is just as vital.

Clad in pasty pink, insensitive to its superb location, and too small - the Museum of Art has long been needing a revamp. But an overhaul of its operations is just as vital.

Why the Hong Kong Museum of Art needs to revamp its set-up as much as its building
28 Jul 2015 - 12:37AM
Vapor and Dust: Chinese artists Su Wenxiang and Xu Qu's critique of the rich

One artist highlights the selfishness of car ownership in big Chinese cities, while the other has produced an abstract commentary on art collecting that, paradoxically, will appeal to the collector class.

One artist highlights the selfishness of car ownership in big Chinese cities, while the other has produced an abstract commentary on art collecting that, paradoxically, will appeal to the collector class.

Vapor and Dust: Chinese artists Su Wenxiang and Xu Qu's critique of the rich
21 Jul 2015 - 6:06AM
Exhibition: Sadaharu Horio at Axel Vervoordt Gallery - conceptual radicalism
7 Jul 2015 - 6:05AM
Review: Shandong photographer Zhang Xiao's 'hometown' exhibition

Zhang probes the flipside of China's urban "miracle", the torpor of village life, with humour, irony and serious social commentary.

Zhang probes the flipside of China's urban "miracle", the torpor of village life, with humour, irony and serious social commentary.

Review: Shandong photographer Zhang Xiao's 'hometown' exhibition
16 Jun 2015 - 10:18AM
Tsang Chui-mei's freer style of painting shows artist at her best

"Some Landscapes" is a fine, resolved exhibition that coalesces Tsang Chui-mei's previous 2012 "Grotto" exhibition with her freer post-2013 palette.

"Some Landscapes" is a fine, resolved exhibition that coalesces Tsang Chui-mei's previous 2012 "Grotto" exhibition with her freer post-2013 palette.

Tsang Chui-mei's freer style of painting shows artist at her best
3 Jun 2015 - 3:25PM
Review: Beyond the Sound combines sound art installations and visual element

"In Hong Kong ... shared aural spaces are increasingly rare," says exhibition curator Anne-Laure Chamboissier - summing up precisely its value. 

"In Hong Kong ... shared aural spaces are increasingly rare," says exhibition curator Anne-Laure Chamboissier - summing up precisely its value. 

Review: Beyond the Sound combines sound art installations and visual element
26 May 2015 - 6:03AM