6 stunning pieces from Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel was founded in 1970, a collaboration between three gallerists by the names of Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt. The first fair hosted 90 galleries and 30 publishers from 10 countries, and by 1975 was boasting 300 exhibitors from 21 countries. Probably the most prestigious of all the art fairs, Art Basel has grown so vast that it now spans three continents. With showings not only in Basel, but also Miami and Hong Kong, the events are attended by artists, gallerists, collectors, museum directors, curators and observers alike.
Hong Kong is the newest jewel in Art Basel’s crown, having opened in 2013 with an outpouring of more than 60,000 attendees. 2014’s exhibitions were no less successful, with 65,000 attendees over the five show days. Running from March 15-17 this year, Art Basel Hong Kong’s 2015 showing is it’s most spectacular outing yet. The fair plays host to just about any and every arty thing you could possibly imagine, with exhibits from new artists as well as those more established, both living and legendary. There are pieces from Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and René Magritte, crazy installations, curious performance pieces, and a whole world of new and exciting talents.
Here are six of my picks from this year’s show:
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Like most of Warhol’s work, Andy Warhol: Lifesavers, is bright and witty. Presented by Galerie Thomas, a German gallery who work in German Expressionism and Classic Modern Art, this is just one of a score of incredible artists on display in this booth.
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Presented by contemporary Japanese gallery SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, artist Daisuke Ohba is known for creating large-scale, abstract and landscape pieces. Working with iridescent acrylic pearl paint, sometimes swirling grooves with spinning tops or painting versions of computer-manipulated projections, this piece from Ohba is called LOG(icefall).
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Artist Gordon Cheung creates multi-media art using spray paint, oil, acrylic, pastels, stock listings and inkjet printing to create his works. Yes, stock listings – like the financial index. Presented by the Alan Cristea Gallery of London, this psychedelic beauty is called Jan Davidsz. De Heem I (Small New Order).
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Japanese gallery Standing Pine works mainly with Japanese artists, and is making it’s third appearance at Art Basel Hong Kong this year. This work is called Institute of Intimate Museums – Outside (Frame), and is by Kenji Sugiyama. A diorama inspired by various spaces, the tiny capsule is the artist’s own image of a museum.
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Los Angeleno Sam Falls is known for incorporating photography, painting, and sculpture in his works. This piece, called Untitled (Lattice, 3), is presented by Swiss gallery Galerie Eva Presenhuber.
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Another German gallery, Esther Schipper, is exhibiting this piece by Tomás Saraceno. An artist who trained as an architect, Saraceno is known for his sculptures and installations that combine art, architecture, and science. This work is titled 3C 411.
And when I said six, I meant six of what could be a list the length of my arm. Just about the entire selection is remarkable, not to mention the pieces that speak for themselves. Art Basel Hong Kong’s 2015 catalogue is online to explore here – artbaselhongkong-online.com