Female Collectors Show Prized Works at Duddell’s
2 February 2021
The exhibition includes pieces by Alex Prager, Guan Xiao, Cui Jie, and Barbara Hepworth, among others.
Alex Prager, Play the Wind. (2019). Linen box set, USB drive, blu-ray DVD, poster and film stills, white gloves, studio letter. Courtesy Alex Prager Studio and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.
Works by prominent female collectors will show at Hong Kong art space, restaurant and bar Duddell's from 6 February until 20 June.
Among the highlights are photographs by Los Angeles artist Alex Prager, who casts extras, dresses them in wardrobe evocative of old Hollywood and the decades since, and shoots them in a style that references Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, among others.
Curated by Zoie Yung, the exhibition is entitled Curves of Buoyancy. The name comes from Wendell Dayton's lightweight steel sculpture For Calder (1975), one of the works included in the show.
'Curves of Buoyancy displays a cross-pollination of objects, medium and styles collected by female patrons over the years, attesting to their unwavering passion to experiment with art collecting,' said Alan Lo, co-founder of Duddell's.
For Calder comes from the collection of Li Lin, founder of high-end fashion giant JNBY Group. Testament to the range of media and styles on show, Lin will also present a steel sculpture by Melvin Edwards, clock hands on paper by Alicja Kwade, and a painting of the backs of men's heads by Zhang Enli.
Karen Levy, co-owner of the dslcollection of Chinese contemporary art that her parents Dominique and Sylvain Levy established in 2005, will exhibit works by prominent female artists Guan Xiao and Ma Qiusha.
The Prager photographs are presented by a collector who chose to remain anonymous. This unnamed collector will also share pieces by Phyllida Barlow, Annie Kevans, and Annie Morris, bronze hemispheres by Barbara Hepworth, and a porcelain sculpture by Rachel Kneebone.
This collector's works are gathered together in a mini-presentation that asks, 'Would Art History be Rewritten if Andy Warhol Were a Woman?' —[O]