It’s really intense how dense the selection has been for Art Fairs in Hong Kong, especially in the Spring. So far we’ve got Art Basel HK (it used to be Art HK), and now we’ve got Fine Art Asia, Asia Contemporary Art Fair in the Grand Hyatt, and Asia Hotel Art Fair Hong Kong in the Mandarin Oriental. In addition, imported flagship galleries have opened up in the last two years alone, including the Lehmann Maupin which celebrated with a cocktail soiree last Thursday on my Birthday. (I didn’t get to go because I was covering the launch of Thom Browne’s Black Fleece label with Brooks Brothers and a talk on fashion at Marc+Chantal instead…hey you cannot do it all.)
Even with the glut of art fairs, this weekend saw the arrival of our very own edition of the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong (AFF). This pink branded fair from London has been successfully hosting art fairs around the world selling contemporary art at “affordable” prices for the last 14 years. In fact, the fair founder and CEO, Will Ramsay, who was in town for the AAF, actually helped establish ArtHK in its infancy. I covered the fair’s Friday night Artylicious
Vernissage event for Surface Asia Magazine while simultaneously touring Monocle Magazine’s managing editor, David Michon, through all the exhibiting booths.
In exchange for the walk around, David was able to help me out by asking professional questions to exhbiting gallerists, like AO Vertical Art Space’s Sarah Greene, below.
AO Vertical Art space had pretty amazing photographs of vertical Hong Kong on sale. We’re talking limited small sized prints of work by the iconic Michael Wolf and Ho Fan.
As well as cool works by newcomer, Romain Jacquet-Legreze. A young french photographer who recently found inspiration in Hong Kong’s architectural profiles. He was even nice enough to chat with us about his work and his manuscript, also printed by A0. Some compositions look very similar to Wong Kar Wai’s opening sequences for a few of his films. See below.
I really love this piece by Vietnam based Australian artist, Glen Clark. Titled, Cheung EK 2006, the work valued at 68,000HKD, is a reflection on on the mass graves and tunnels that exist in Vietnam’s physical landscape.
The AAF was an opportunity for gallerists like Gaffer’s Jules Lambe, to unload some works by lesser known artists and to have a direct space for people to visit and speak 1-on-1 with her about her collection. Gaffer is one of a handful of galleries in Hong Kong with no shopfront, so the AAF was really useful as a way to get a catchment of audience and attention that is rare for some of these galleries.
David was a pro at asking questions, but he was also great at pointing out what he thought was really cool art. It turned out he and I liked the same pieces, and we realized that the selection of sculptures at the AAF was far better than the paintings, prints, and photography that was on offer. Who knew that the AAF was going to be a sculpture heavy show?
Glazed porcelains by Shin Koyama below at about 13,000HKD for the La Lanta Fine Art in Thailand.
This one is a funny one, titled Happy Mushroom 2012, by Siy Tak Yin for 9,000HKD.
This is Johan Thurell’s Nylen Ceramics at 2,400HKD from Villa del Arte galleries.
It was really great to see this ink work by Peter Yuillvia The Cat Street Gallery for 18,000HKD.
You can read about my general assessment of the AAF via the Surface Asia article which went live yesterday and see more works of art that were available including prints by Damien Hirst and Gilbert & George.
David also helped me pick out Fashyon Fairgoers for some on-the-spot street style shots. I just realized that most of the fair-goers wore pink… I wonder why. Probably because the AAF logo is pink. Who knows?
Style blogger, Cindiemindie
Girl with the Pink Hair.
Artists Charles Munka and Laurent Segretier who participated in a group show called Surface Tension hosted by the Cat Street Gallery this month.
Style editor, Jing Zhang and partner.
Indie concert producers, Mike and Jane of Songs for Children.
Gentleman in Pink and Lime Green Striped tie and Pink blazer.
Style bloger, ElleIconLee in pink and mustard yellow.
Social media guru, Taura.
Style stalking UK Designer, Elizabeth Lau. (We’ve been Twitter friends for a while, and I’ve only now just met her.)
Designer, Thuy-Tien Crampton of the children’s wear label, La Petite Caravane and her partner. Check out her blog here!
Artist, Joe Joe Ngai.
Bag designer, Michelle Lai of MISCHA and partner looking fresh from showing in Paris.
It was like Christmas!
Later that night, David and Elleiconlee, joined me to have dinner and drinks with university pals, Roberto and Narin at Bistecca, one of HK’s best steak houses. But first drinks at this dive called OTTO in LKF.
Where apparently a “DJ TROY” plays.
The dinner at Bistecca turned out to be a pseudo-Birthday dinner for myself. Which is great because everyone else around me was celebrating their birthday too. Narin and his partner Due were visiting from Bangkok that weekend.
They showed up with this!!!!
A NEW BAG FROM CONTAINER for my birthday!!!! (Due is the founder, owner, and designer of the amazing line of men’s bags called CONTAINER, which I wrote about last year.)
Which by the way… David, was coincidentally carrying a CONTAINER bag that night as well. So it was really great to have him over for dinner to meet Due, the designer. What a small world.
Let me rephrase that, what a pink world.
VISIT Affordable Art Fair International / WEAR CONTAINER / EAT Bistecca / READ Surface Asia Magazine / READ Monocle Magazine