Pearl Lam Ocula Conversation Pearl Lam By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Pearl Lam started exhibiting and promoting Chinese contemporary art in 1993 when she opened Contrasts, her first gallery in China. Today her eponymous gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, has spaces in Shanghai, Hong Kong and at Gillman Barracks in Singapore. Over the past two decades, Pearl Lam and her galleries have consistently championed the...

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Rich Mix: A Report From Art Basel In Hong Kong Ocula Report Rich Mix: A Report From Art Basel In Hong Kong By Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

It’s all about being global at Art Basel. Such were the sentiments delivered at the Art Basel in Hong Kong press conference this year, in which Art Basel Director Marc Spiegler noted how the launch of ABHK in 2013 was the moment Art Basel went “truly global.” In fact, “nowhere else in the world will you see such a rich...

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Yana Peel Ocula Conversation Yana Peel By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

I have never wanted a role in censoring or driving the creative moment. It has always been about letting that final product surprise and delight and raise important questions.

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Yuko Hasegawa Ocula Conversation Yuko Hasegawa By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

I am particularly interested in the concept of how information is presented and shared, and knowledge acquired.

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Picks Of Art Basel Hk 2014 Ocula Report Picks Of Art Basel Hk 2014 By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Art Basel HK 2014 is on our doorstep, and this year’s programme is even heftier and more exciting than the last. Invites are flooding in one after and another and you’re double booking yourself every night. But what to attend? Where are the great parties and interesting exhibitions? And where will Kate Moss be? Well, fret no more....

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Magnus Renfrew Ocula Conversation Magnus Renfrew By Stephanie Bailey, Miami

If you are a gallerist aiming to show at one of the leading art fairs in the world, then Magnus Renfrew, Director for Art Basel Asia and one of the four members of the Swiss behemoth’s Executive Committee, is the person you want to know, and you want him to know you.  In addition to Renfrew’s responsibility for directing the...

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S. Alice Mong Ocula Conversation S. Alice Mong

S. Alice Mong became the Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center in 2012. Prior to joining the Asia Society, Ms Mong worked for almost a decade in New York, where as Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) she was responsible for transforming MOCA from a New York Chinatown institution to a leading national museum. Ms Mong...

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Richard Armstrong Ocula Conversation Richard Armstrong By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Our definition of “world” has so far been largely Europe and America. That is changing even today as we go to the Middle East.

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Lars Nittve Ocula Conversation Lars Nittve

Lars Nittve has been Executive Director of M+, the visual culture museum for Hong Kong, since 2011. The museum itself is slated for a 2017 opening (the actual building has not been completed) yet despite existing without a physical space, Nittve has managed to stake a claim in Hong Kong’s cultural scene through a series of programmes...

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June Yap Ocula Conversation June Yap

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative charts contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the Initiative’s inaugural exhibition. Initially shown in New York, (22 February–22 May 2013), the...

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Claire Hsu Ocula Conversation Claire Hsu Hong Kong

Claire Hsu is Co-founder and Executive Director of Asia Art Archive. Instrumental in shaping the Hong Kong contemporary art scene, AAA is an independent non-profit organisation with one of the most comprehensive collections of material on contemporary Asian art in the world. In addition to housing over 37,000 records, AAA organises a dynamic...

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Alan Lo Ocula Conversation Alan Lo

Active in promoting art and design in Hong Kong, Alan Lo is the Chairman of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, sits on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and was a member of Art HK’s advisory group.  Lo is also a co-founder and director of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group, owner and operator of various well-known restaurants and...

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Moderation(S): A Fictional Residency At Spring Workshop Ocula Report Moderation(S): A Fictional Residency At Spring Workshop By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

In an art world dominated by monument-sized sculpture and room- encompassing installations, it’s refreshing to be reminded of a seminal work the size of a matchbox. 

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Alan Lau Ocula Conversation Alan Lau

Alan Lau, based in Hong Kong, is a member of the Tate's Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee, sits on the board of Para/Site, has served as the 'Mayor' of Cao Fei’s RMB City and helped bring Xu Bing’s Forest Project to Hong Kong.  Earlier this year, Lau became one of the first Hong Kong collectors to donate a major work to the...

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Sales, Sales Sales: Money, Money, Money: A Wild Fox Market Report Ocula Report Sales, Sales Sales: Money, Money, Money: A Wild Fox Market Report By Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

You’ve got to love Hong Kong. If there’s one thing about this city, it isn’t afraid to show its love for money. Take a walk down Canton Road or any shopping mall in the city’s heart and you’ll see – Louis Vuitton, Longchamp, Armani? These shops are as common as rain, here; just like the shopping malls and the...

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Cheap Talk And Plenty Of Rain: Art Basel In Hong Kong'S Opening Day Ocula Report Cheap Talk And Plenty Of Rain: Art Basel In Hong Kong'S Opening Day By Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

They say talk is cheap. When it comes to buying or experiencing art, it’s all about the feeling, anyway: how the art moves you. Which is why Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes at the Asia Art Archive, noted that some of the best art critics talk about themselves; or at least how a work makes them feel. 

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Facing Off At Art Basel: A Cultural Commentary Of A Vernissage Ocula Report Facing Off At Art Basel: A Cultural Commentary Of A Vernissage By Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

When it comes to art fairs these days, it’s not just about selling. With collectors being extra cautious and new collectors (and new money) entering the art market, art fairs are also about building relationships, tastes and, in the 21st Century, more expanded notions of object-based art. Indeed, with art fairs and biennales proliferating...

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Contemporary Artists In Hong Kong Ocula Report Contemporary Artists In Hong Kong By Susan Acret, Hong Kong

Contemporary art in Hong Kong is having a bit of a zeitgeist moment: art is in the news more than ever as Art Basel Hong Kong makes it debut, and a number of other fairs and numerous gallery shows compete for attention. But what does it mean to be a ‘Hong Kong artist’? A number of emerging and mid-career artists are tackling this...

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Adrian Wong Ocula Conversation Adrian Wong

Adrian Wong is an artist, born and raised in suburban Chicago, who left to pursue undergraduate studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wong completed his first Masters degree in developmental psychology, splitting his time between the Bay Area and Armenia, where he was studying the development of metacognitive awareness in residents of the...

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The New Art Basel Hong Kong Ocula Report The New Art Basel Hong Kong By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

Only two weeks to go before the inaugural Art Basel HK kicks off and it feels like the circus is coming to town. Inboxes are flooded with invites to art-related and art-themed bars, restaurants, new art clubs, pop-ups, collaborations and art retail and luxury events, ready to capitalize on the anticipated flood of international art visitors to...

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William Lim Ocula Conversation William Lim

William Lim is an award-winning architect and highly regarded artist; and over the last eight years he has amassed one of the most interesting collections of contemporary art in Hong Kong. Lim is also Co-Chairman of Para/Site; a member of the board of the Asia Art Archive and serves on the Tate’s Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee....

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The Hong Kong Art Market: Part Ii - Organisations, Artists And Institutions Ocula Report The Hong Kong Art Market: Part Ii - Organisations, Artists And Institutions By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

The nature of the Hong Kong art landscape has by and large been commercial with the focus on transaction rather than development of art and culture. Progress and development has been defined by economic success, and the pursuit of commerce, and consumption as a leisure activity are arguably what has defined the city’s character until...

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The Hong Kong Art Market: Part I - Auctions And Galleries Ocula Report The Hong Kong Art Market: Part I - Auctions And Galleries By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

In the lead up to the inaugural Art Basel HK fair, the Hong Kong art world has been a flurry of activity in recent months. Art, it seems, is the zeitgeist, and it’s big business. A number of other art fairs have inevitably sprouted up, including the recently launched Affordable Art Fair, Hotel Art Fair, and the Asia Contemporary Art...

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David Elliott Ocula Conversation David Elliott

David Elliott is a British-born curator and writer about modern and contemporary art, currently based in Berlin, Germany. He has had a long and distinguished career, including Director of MoMA Oxford, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and the first Director of Istanbul Modern. David recently acted as an advisor to...

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