'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
In 2016 INK ASIA has attracted 50 art galleries and organisations from ten countries and cities. New section HIGHLIGHT will feature 12 leading art galleries, which are proactively promoting ink art, six of which are making their debut at INK Asia in 2016: Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore), My Humble House (Taipei), Xi Zhi Tang (Taipei), Ink Studio (Beijing), Kwai Fung Hin (Hong Kong) and Galerie Ora-Ora (Hong Kong).
The SPOTLIGHT section (also new in 2016) sees an opportunity for six selected galleries to hold solo exhibitions of their chosen artists. This section also includes four new exhibitors: Lucie Chang Fine Arts (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Society (Hong Kong), Cawah Arts Gallery (Hong Kong), Studio Pryde (Hong Kong), Fei Gallery (Guangzhou) and Fan Art (Hong Kong).
INK ASIA 2016 will also present Contemporary Ink Installations, featuring large artworks selected from galleries’ proposals that will be exhibited in public areas of the fair.
Founded in 2002, Vitamin Creative Space explores an alternative working mode specifically geared to the contemporary Chinese context, and constantly inspired by the confrontation between the contemporary life and ancient Chinese philosophy. In order to operate independently from institutionalized funding, it is active both as an independent art space and as a “commercial” gallery. Vitamin Creative Space actively challenges preconceptions by merging these two traditionally opposed strategies for supporting and presenting contemporary art, targeting the search for new Chinese contributions at both the artistic-practice and the institutional level within the new global context.
Hanart TZ Gallery has been a pioneer in exploring the Chinese cultural map for over 30 years, and has represented and worked with numerous artists now internationally prominent. The Gallery opened in November in 1983 with the mission of introducing new Chinese contemporary art both to the Asia region and internationally. The Gallery soon became a magnet for both established and emerging artists from the Greater China areas of Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the international diaspora. As such the Gallery has served as a significant link with the international art world; its role in landmark exhibitions, such as The Stars 10 Years (1989) and China’s New Art Post-1989 (1993, toured until 1998), and Power of the Word (1999, toured until 2002) are iconic.
Other significant shows that Hanart TZ Gallery has organized include: international exhibitions of monumental sculptures by the celebrated Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming at South Bank Centre in London (1991), Place Vendome in Paris (1997-1998) and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (2003); A Strange Heaven, Photography from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (Europe tour, 2003); Liu Guosong (Liu Kuo-sung) solo exhibition at the Palace Museum, Beijing (2007); and Zhang Xiaogang, Fang Lijun, Feng Mengbo joint exhibition at Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2008). In 2010, the Gallery opened a new exhibition space, Hanart Square, for featuring shows of experimental art and installations.
It is our belief that publication and intellectual discourse are critical to encouraging creativity and disseminating information, and over the years the Gallery has worked with many writers and curators, and has produced over a hundred catalogues. In 2015, Hanart TZ Gallery published a major book, 3 Parallel Artworlds: 100 Art Things from Chinese Modern History, featuring texts by fourteen international scholars and interpretations of one hundred Chinese artworks from the past century. In recent years the Gallery has extended its focus to building links and exchanges with artists and scholars of the Pan-Asia region.
Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China.
The three gallery spaces of Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong and Shanghai represent an increasingly influential roster of contemporary artists. Chinese artists Su Xiaobai and Zhu Jinshi, who synthesize Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, are presented internationally with work now included in major private and public collections worldwide. The Galleries has also introduced leading international artists, such as Leonardo Drew, Jenny Holzer, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, and Yinka Shonibare MBE, to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work which engages specifically with the region, collaborating to produce thought-provoking, culturally relevant work.
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