Every night in my dreams, I see… beautiful, inspiring art from around the globe all under one glamorous roof! If this is your dream, it’s about to become a reality on October 2-5, when the Asia Contemporary Art Show takes up residence on four full floors of the Conrad Hong Kong. Whether you’re a budding collector, a seasoned aficionado or just a fan of all things cultural and inspiring, this intimate show where many artists and gallerists will be in residence, is your chance to get up close and personal with the world’s most talked-about talent. Not sure where to start? Here’s your go-to guide to all the fabulousness in store…
The fifth edition of the bi-annual show is themed “Bringing a World of Art to Hong Kong” and will display more than 2500 works of art with 80 exhibiting galleries from 18 countries. Get ready to browse and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculptures and photographs from 400 up-and-coming artists and established masters. The event kicks off with an invite only VIP Collectors Preview on Thursday October 2 with a ticketed VIP Art Night on Friday October 3, at which more than 50 celebrated artists will be in attendance.
This season also sees the update of Hong Kong’s largest art website, www.asiacontemporaryart.com. A complement to the spring and fall shows, the site gives you consistent ongoing access to browse works by 650 established and emerging artists from 150 galleries, and the chance to sign up for “Art Alerts” emails with regular updates on new works as they become available.
You’ll find Warhol, Bansky and Hirst, but here are a few other names that will be on the tips of everyone lips…
DAVID WELLS – AUSTRALIA
Now famous for his stunning portrait of Duchess Catherine, which is currently a part of the royal collection at Kensington Palace, this multi award-winning painter believes “a living person is more interesting than any artwork ever made” and “everyone is a masterpiece waiting to be painted.” A collection of his most spectacular pastel coloured portraits will be showcased by Australia’s OMSA Art Gallery at this season’s show (Room 4305).
KEITH HARING – USA
This iconic pop artist is highly acclaimed for his imagery of New York’s street culture in the 1980s. From ad campaigns for Absolut Vodka to billboards in the heart of Times Square, Haring’s colourfully playful yet poignantly political imagery is held in numerous galleries, museums, private collections and now possibly your living room? Visit HK’s own Fabrik Gallery (Room 4108).
SHINODA TOKO – JAPAN
In 2013, art aficionados around the globe celebrated the 100th birthday of this legendary artist, who TIME Magazine has compared to Picasso in light of her trailblazing accomplishments. With works collected by the Emperor and Empress of Japan and appearing in the world’s finest museums from London to Chicago to Singapore, Shinoda’s elegant and powerful Lithographs accented with calligraphy and created using ancient Ming Dynasty ink stones are a rare piece of history in the making, presented by the Reingold Gallery of Hong Kong (Room 4018)
ZHAO KAI LIN – CHINA/USA
Most recently known for his beautiful paintings of introspective young women dressed in traditional Chinese attire, this renowned Chinese-American artist’s exquisitely detailed works have taken as many as four months to complete. A graduate of the Central Art Academy in Beijing, Zhao now resides in LA and his stunning, world-renowned paintings will be exhibited by the UK’s Tanya Baxter Contemporary (Room 4320).
Tickets for the Asia Contemporary Art Show are available online at www.asiacontemporaryart.com/tickets or www.hkticketing.com. Standard tickets are HK$180 (admits two if purchased online; admits one if purchased at the door) while VIP Tickets are HK$260 per person and include an invitation to the exclusive VIP Art Night on Friday October 3rd and access to the VIP Lounge.
You’re here, there’s nothing I fear, my art with go on and on…
Asia Contemporary Art Show
Conrad Hong Kong, 40th – 43rd floors
VIP Collectors Preview (invite only) - Thursday October 2, 5pm – 9.30pm
VIP Art Night (tickets available) - Friday October 3, 5pm – 9.30pm
General Admission (tickets available)
Friday October 3, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday October 4, 1pm – 8.30pm
Sunday October 5, 1pm – 7.30pm