Art Central is back with a fantastic line up from 70 galleries from around the world. Here's a round up of some booth's you definitely don't want to miss.
Photograph: courtesy Art Central
Art Central, presented together with Lead Partner UOB, is delighted to return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for its much-anticipated 2023 edition. As a cornerstone event of Hong Kong Art Week, the eighth edition of Art Central will be held from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 March 2023 (Preview on Tuesday, 21 March), showcasing the next generation of talent from Asia’s most ambitious galleries alongside distinguished artists from around the globe.
With the recent lifting of travel restrictions in Hong Kong, the Fair looks forward to reuniting local and international audiences in a truly multicultural celebration of art. Art Central 2023 will welcome the participation of 70 influential galleries and over 300 artists.
Dates: 22nd - 25th March
Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
VAIN Projects proudly makes its debut at Art Central 2023 with the group exhibition, Rhapsody. Flowing and ebbing without the confines of form and structure, a world spontaneously develops with contrasting moods and tonality. In Rhapsody, artists Alli Conrad, Wong Chun Ho Harris (Neck), Jake Scharbach, Peter Yuill, Riya Chandiramani, and Von Hyin Kolk chant in drastically different yet harmonised voices. These artists reveal the absurdities of greater power structures, explore the intricacies of identity and tradition, and triumph the forces of their minds in a diverse range of aesthetics and palettes.
Photograph: courtesy Vain Projects
Square Street Gallery
If Square Street Gallery's booth is even a 10th as good as it was last year, we're in all for a massive treat. They will offer a cutting-edge programme of contemporary artists with a bent towards those working locally, including post-modern portraitist Nobody Here, and Dave Chow, who works with found objects. Other artists will include Emily Kueis, Daisuke Tajima, Amy Tong and Clara Wong.
Photograph: courtesy Art Central (artwork by Amy Tong)
No strangers to art fairs Opera Gallery will be back at Art Central again this year. With a large collection of artists in a variety of media, there will be something for everyone. Artists include Chu Teh-Chun, Zao Wou-Ki and Georges Mathieu. They'll also be bringing back one of last year's most photographed sculptures by Anthony James. You all know the one we mean with the mirrors and the lights.
Image: courtesy Kyra Campbell
Focusing on the theme of dichotomy and juxtaposition in nature. Their second time exhibiting in the acclaimed art fair is inspired by contrasting traditional concepts that are ubiquitous through all cultures such as Yin and Yang, the masculine and feminine, East and West, motion and serenity etc., artists Seema Mathew, John Gale, Marcelle Rosfelder -Leu and Sergei Rozhnov draw from contrasting intertwined energies in an exploration of nature, and ultimately - the balance found within them.
Image: courtesy Art Rooftop
CURATOR Style is pleased to announce participation for the third time at Art Central 202. Borrowing the theory of hedonistic Greek philosopher Aristippus of Cyrene, the booth’s theme “Hedonism” will remind the audiences that art continues playing as a central role of pleasure in our daily life, as well as to unleash a new realm of art.
The booth’s curatorial concept anchors through an assortment of artworks from artists such as Joan Cornellà, who uses satire to comment on the bleak side of human nature, creating works that are honest, entertaining and stimulating; Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama brings his debut NFT series ‘Harmless Charm’ and explores human existence and optimise hope for the future in all means. Furthermore, CURATOR Style will also present exceptional works from Kila Cheung, KAWS, Liu Ye, Mr Doodle, Shiota Chiharu, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yayoi Kusama coffering interesting echoes and correspondences.
Image: courtesy Curator Style
Odds and Ends Gallery
Odds and Ends is pleased to present Hong Kong artist Sammi Mak at this year’s Art Central as part of its Duk Dak Solo Presentation. Presenting a solo booth of new abstract paintings, Mak delves into the realm of poetry by replacing linguistics with visual forms of communication, inventing systems of painted lexicology that communicate recalled memory. In her exploration of human memory and emotions, Mak’s paintings emphasise the radical beauty of nature and employs elemental cues that draw viewers into her painted oasis, simulating states of nostalgia through references to classical poetry and mythology.
Photograph: courtesy Odds and Ends