Art Central – HK’s Art Month is in Full Swing!

For the past six days, hundreds of galleries and thousands of people have filled Hong Kong’s glittering waterfront for Art Central. The third edition of Hong Kong’s only satellite art fair welcomed artists from all over the world. But with 75% of participating galleries hailing from the Asia-Pacific region, Art Central showed that the arts are alive and thriving in Asia!
Exhibitors fears of a downturn fuelled by the gloomy economic outlook were eradicated but the surge of tourists, as visitor numbers increased steadily over the exhibition.

“Today many people visited here and it was extraordinary. I love the atmosphere created by a growing number of people coming here and I hope we can exhibit our product here again next year” said Lawrence Terence, a partner at Sysio Zwirner gallery in New York.

With participating galleries from Asia Pacific cities Taiwan, Manila, Seoul, Taipei and galleries from across China and Japan, Asian artists shone next to their western counterparts. Traditional Asian media such as ink stood alongside explosive and modern forms, showing why the Hong Kong art scene is growing faster than anywhere else in the world.

Rise, the section of the fair dedicated to upcoming artists held a prominent position within the 108,000 sq-ft space. Event organisers describe the eight highly coveted Rise spots as being tightly curated. The curator from Gallery Koo who are exhibiting YunJyung Jeong’s work, said being selected to present at Art Central can “change the course of an artist’s career”.

Jeong herself says “the audience in Hong Kong is different to anything I’ve experienced before – it is so much more international.” The seven other Rise artists exhibiting presented a unique and diverse collection. Brazilian artist Afonso Tostes’ slavery-inspired work was dark and intensely moving, while Korean Boemsik Wong’s Archisculpture photography collages were quirky and playful.

 Visitors were pleasantly surprised at the exhibitions as well. “I can’t imagine how magnificent the gallery could be. The environment is palatable! It’s undoubtedly a perfect match of art piece and fun,” said Jam, a tourist from France.

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Reporting words and images by: William Ho, Harriet Lai, Tan Yu Lynn & Louise Joachimowski
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