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Hong Kong Delivers

It was an exciting time to attend the many related events surrounding Art Basel Hong Kong. The city provides such a fascinating backdrop to the experience, offering so much culture and fantastic food. This year was particularly special as I had several friends from different periods of my life all in Hong Kong at the same time. Really great to see all of them. The special dinners were another highlight, with collector Adrian Cheng and CoBo Social, and collector Patrick Sun's Sunpride Foundation dinner. The energy in the room was palpable surrounding so many accomplished and creative minds. 

In addition to the fair, I went to a number of openings at the Pedder Builidng, the K11 Foundation and PS1/Moma opening, as well as favorites such as Edouard Malingue gallery. The other fair Art Central was located just south of the Hong Kong Convention Center.

Viennese collector Karlheinz Essl, curator Alexandra Grimmer, art historian Ann Mak and myself spent one day touring some galleries in the Aberdeen neighborhood and explored some fantastic galleries:

Chabron Art Space
Gallery Exit 
Blindspot Gallery
DeSarthe Gallery 
Empty Gallery
Rossi & Rossi
Pekin Fine Arts 

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A Trip with Mr. Essl

It was a privilege to travel to Marfa, Texas with Mr. Essl, founder of the Essl Museum in Vienna. Last week he and wife Agnes who have been collecting together for fifty years made the announcement that their entire collection of 6,000 plus paintings and art objects will be given to the Albertina Museum, Vienna for a twenty-five year loan and will be on continuous display starting the fall of 2018 at the newly renovated Künstler Haus, annexed to the Albertina. 

It has been an honor to engage with their collection on several levels, especially being invited to curate the “New.NewYork” exhibition there in 2012. Their passion for collecting and working with artists has been a great inspiration to me and we have been able to enjoy dozens of studio visits together over the years on several different continents. It was fascinating to immerse myself in Judd’s vision for a second time; even thought I have seen his work in many different contexts, seeing his comprehensive vision played out at the Donald Judd and Chinati Foundation is just profound. The idea of leaving an art work in a permanent environment, not moving or changing anything in his studios, as well as being lit by daylight only, is a striking contrast to the transitory life many of us live. 

After the experiencing the Donald Judd and Chinati Foundation tours, Mr. Essl and I drove south along the Mexican border, which follows the Rio Grande for about fifty miles. The beautiful landscape of the Big Bend National Park has many stops and hiking trails with interesting views. The stunning desert landscape is a timeless, apt setting for Judd’s vision. Time will tell where and how the new wall will affect this gorgeous terrain, not to mention how it will impact the local communities and our country at large. 

Back in New York, we transitioned to the frantic environment of the art fairs: The Armory Show, Art on Paper, Volta, NADA, The Independent and Spring Break. So great to be among friends and explore new art from around the world. It really does feel like we travel in packs. Always great to connect with artists, curators and collectors working in different parts of the world. Please say hi to Mr Essl and I at ART Basel Hong Kong coming up in a few weeks! 

The highlight of Mr. Essl trip was our being warmly welcomed at the Ayn Foundation at Mana Contemporary by Fred Moeller. We toured the wonderful long term display of Arnulf Rainer’s ‘Angels and Crosses’, as well as early silkscreens by Andy Warhol from the Das Maximum and Ayn Foundation. It was also a rare treat to see John Chamberlain color photographs from the early 1990’s. Our visit included an impromptu meeting with architect Richard Meier, designer of the otherworldly Getty Museum, Los Angeles at his company archive. Mr. Meier’s presence as he described and talked about some of his favorite models, was truly enriching and a once in a lifetime experience! 

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Singapore Adventure

This year I had the privilege of attending Art Stage Singapore and loved every aspect of the trip. Many thanks to my wonderful hosts, artist Jason Wee, Grey Projects, and collectors Ryan Su and Adrian Chan. Singapore is the best place to explore food from all over Asia, as well as some amazing Western restaurants. Ryan and Adrian's memorable collectors dinner at Long Chim in the Marina Bay Sands was legendary for both its food and incredible art world characters. (And hanging orchids!).

In addition to attending the Art Stage art fair representing mostly Asian galleries, there were numerous art events: poetry readings, film screenings and performances throughout the city in conjunction with Singapore Art Week.

Capturing the spirit of week, the public art event “After Dark” at the Gillman Barracks drew thousands of young people from Singapore on Friday night, who came out to view the gallery open houses, open studios and special programming at the NTU CCA. This included a spectacular strange and magical fashion show performance by Indieguerillas and Lulu Lutfi Labibi, performance and fashion designers from Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

An exhibition highlight included a beautifully curated show “Shared Coordinates” at Arts House organized by Edouard Malingue Gallery, Roh Projects and Silverlens Galleries featuring 10 artists from their respective programs. 

During the week I met some wonderful artists and explored their work in more depth. Here are some of the new artists I saw:

Sookoon Ang

Haffendi Anuar

Anthony Chin

Fx Harsono

Geraldine Kang

Simon Ng

Sherman Ong

Guo-Liang Tan

Kenneth Tay

Jimmy Ong