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Ben Brown Fine Arts announces their sixth time participation in Art Basel Hong Kong since the fair’s inception in 2011, with a presentation of works by some of their most celebrated artists including Miquel Barceló, Candida Höfer, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Gavin Turk, Ron Arad, Not Vital and Vik Muniz.
Mnemonic Vehicle No. 1 (2014) by internationally renowned artist Vik Muniz will be exhibited in Asia for the first time at the fair. Though widely acclaimed for his photographic work which explores art historical imagery in a wide variety of materials, Muniz began his artistic practice as a sculptor; this is a rare example of the artist’s sculptural work. Placed atop a replica of the original mid-century-style toy box, Muniz’s iconic oversized Matchbox Ferrari Berlinetta is part of an ongoing series. Muniz fabricated both the car and box from industrial materials, giving both a slightly worn appearance, creating an artificial sense of use in the otherwise pristine if falsified relic of pop culture. This will be accompanied by Golden Gate Bridge (2015) from his series Postcards from Nowhere.
Blurring the boundaries between abstract and representational forms, Not Vital’s Head No. 3 (2013) represents significant elements of Vital’s artistic progression since establishing a studio on the outskirts of Beijing in 2008. Painted, sculpted and drawn heads, be they human or otherwise, have been a recurring theme throughout Vital’s oeuvre. The highly polished PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating of the sculpture results in a mirror-like surface which has the effect of both drawing viewers in and repelling them simultaneously; these advances in material technology fascinate Vital and the exploration and experimentation within industralised China are a continued source of interest.
A further highlight on the stand will be Espana Economica (1990) by Miquel Barceló. At the end of 1987, Barceló left for Africa; this first voyage across the Sahara in 1988 was a critical turning point, which led to a significant change in his subject matter, his techniques and his way of translating into images the reality around him. Inspired by the scorched landscape, his work became ever more tactile and textural. His continued fascination with the physical process is evident in España Económica, a reflection on the nature of Spain in which the country’s undulating terrain appears almost tangible. Of this work, Barceló notes ‘Spain could be seen in perspective from a dovecot, and everything was white as if covered in pigeon droppings…It was a miniature world, just like my pictures at that time.’
Alexander Calder’s Three Tentacles (1975), completed a year before his death, will be exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time on our booth. Widely regarded as the originator of the ‘mobile’, a term christened by Marcel Duchamp, this moving sculpture is representative of Calder’s career-long interest in balance, motion and space. Made of painted sheet metal and wire, the tentacles of this mobile curl and reach out beyond its realm, creating a sense of movement that activates the space around it.
Ron Arad, Alexander Calder, Chen Wei, Miquel Barceló, Tony Bevan, Simon Birch, Alighiero Boetti, Yoan Capote, Tseng Kwong Chi, Kitty Chou, Lucio Fontana, Ori Gersht, Candida Höfer, Wang Keping, Yves Klein, Claude Lalanne, François-Xavier Lalanne, Heinz Mack, Giorgio Morandi, Vik Muniz, Nabil Nahas, Djamel Tatah, Gavin Turk, Not Vital.
BEN BROWN FINE ARTS
Founded in 2004, Ben Brown Fine Arts is located on Brook’s Mews in the heart of Mayfair. The gallery has prominently positioned itself on the contemporary art scene with the sole UK representation of artists such as Ron Arad, Tony Bevan, Candida Höfer, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Gavin Turk, Not Vital and Heinz Mack. Also renowned for its strong expertise in 20th Century Italian Art, the gallery has been exhibiting the work of Lucio Fontana and Alighiero Boetti, amongst others, since its inception. In 2009 Ben Brown Fine Arts took their first step in an international expansion with the opening of an exhibition space in Hong Kong.