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Wesley Tongson 唐家偉

Spiritual Mountains: The Art of Wesley Tongson 靈山:唐家偉的藝術世界 / Berkeley Art Museum 美國柏克萊大學藝術博物館 / Jan 12–Jun 12, 2022 2022年1月12日至6月12日 / DeWitt Cheng / Originality is the tacitly assumed essence and sine qua non of creative art. Young artists in the ultra-individualistic US sometimes avoid looking at older artists’ work for fear of being influenced or contaminated – to their detriment. Artists of the past learned from the masters by copying and assimilating. Arshile Gorky famously copied Picasso (“If he drips, I drip”), himself an omnivorous eye; and Ben Shahn praised the artists of the past as friendly ghosts, not obstacles or enemies. Creative talent may be inherent but it has to be developed. Postmodernist theory has added to the confusion in recent decades. The deaths of the author or artist and of individuality itself have been widely accepted in academia. Jorge Luis Borges parodied the death of originality in his prescient 1939 pseudo-article considering the literary achievement of “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote”. “His admirable ambition,” wrote Borges, “was to produce pages which would …

Cerith Wyn Evans at White Cube Hong Kong

Cerith Wyn Evans….)( of, a clearingJan 20 – Mar 12, 2022 White Cube Hong Kong50 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong+852 2592 2000Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm http://www.whitecube.com White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition by Cerith Wyn Evans. Furthering the artist’s exploration of perception through the transposition of form, it features new installation, sculpture, painting and sound work. For this exhibition, Evans has conceived the gallery as a form of ‘vernacular temple’, a space for reflection where possibilities can ensue from interstitial spaces: from the shadows, vibrations, after-images and echoes that occur between and around the artworks. Drawing on several key moments of Modernism, themes of doubt and ambiguity combine with artistic strategies of reversal, disruption and deviation, to open up new realms of experience within the imaginary.

OPENING: Denny Dimin Gallery Hong Kong

Natalie Baxter, Damien H. Ding, Lau Wai, Paula WilsonLunarianJan 22 – Mar 16, 2022Opening: Saturday, Jan 22, 2 – 6pm Denny Dimin GalleryUnit 612, 6th Floor, Remex Centre42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong+852 5721 2638Wednesday – Saturday, 12am – 6pm http://www.dennydimingallery.com Denny Dimin Gallery is pleased to announce Lunarian, a group exhibition featuring four international artists at the gallery’s Hong Kong location. The title, Lunarian refers to imagery of moons and ‘mooning’ throughout the exhibition in both its visual context – the intentional display of naked bottoms as seen in Paula Wilson’s, The Light Becomes You (2018)and Natalie Baxter’s, Housecoat VI (2021) – as well as the emotional state of ‘mooning’ – a wistful longing – which is prevalent in all the works as they depict complicated relationships with memory, nostalgia and desire.

Wesley Tongson at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Wesley TongsonSpiritual Mountains: The Art of Wesley TongsonJan 12 – Jun 14, 2022 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive2155 Center StreetBerkeley, CA 94720Wed – Sun, 11am to 7pm http://www.bampfa.org  Spiritual Mountains debuts a recent gift to BAMPFA of eleven paintings by the Hong Kong artist Wesley Tongson (1957–2012). His work draws heavily on traditional Chinese painting techniques and processes, including painting with his fingers and hands, but takes these a step further to create a personal expression that is wholly his own. This exhibition combines Tongson’s works with historic paintings from BAMPFA’s extensive Chinese painting collection to demonstrate the relationship between his genius and that of past masters. Throughout Tongson’s practice, we perceive a strong admiration and acknowledgement of the past, even as he pursued a new direction in his own work. It is in his highly lyrical brushwork and exuberant style of painting—which included large-scale landscapes and intricately patterned, dense examinations of the natural world—that we comprehend his range and genius. The exhibition’s title reflects the importance of spirituality in Tongson’s journey as an artist; he was a student of many …

Welcome to the fourth edition of BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair!

BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair 16 Dec 2021 (Thu) | 3pm – 7pm17 Dec 2021 (Fri) | 3pm – 9pm18 – 19 Dec 2021 (Sat-Sun) | 12pm – 7pm 1/F Galleries (JC Contemporary & F Hall)Tai Kwun10 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong http://www.taikwun.hk#bookedhk Presented by Tai Kwun Contemporary, BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair welcomes over 100 local, regional, and international exhibitors—including publishers, artists, booksellers, and organisations—complemented by a programme of book launches, talks, workshops, projects, displays and performances. BOOKED: provides a platform for creative practitioners and publishers who are invested in books as a medium of artistic and intellectual expression to share their work with diverse audiences. Marking its return to the Tai Kwun Contemporary galleries, this forthcoming edition of BOOKED: once again features Hong Kong–based exhibitors along with our twinning programme, which offers non-local exhibitors the opportunity to participate from a distance, and for disparate people and communities to stay connected over great distances through books. In light of ongoing travel restrictions, BOOKED: highlights how the distribution of books can serve as its own form of …

Lui Shou-kwan at Alisan Fine Arts

Lui Shou-kwan Hong Kong LandscapesDec 2 – Mar 12, 2022 Alisan Fine Arts21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst TerraceCentral, Hong Kong+852 2526 1091Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm http://www.alisan.com.hk Alisan Fine Arts is proud to present Hong Kong Landscapes, its sixth solo exhibition for ink master Lui Shou-kwan (1919-1975).   With a focus on Lui’s modern landscape paintings from the 1950s and 1960s, the paintings on display literally follow Lui’s footsteps while he visits the various sites around Hong Kong Island. They include iconic landmarks such as Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak, Lion Rock, Happy Valley, and the beautiful beaches of Repulse Bay and Shek O, as well as the various hills and valleys in the country parks.  Through these works one can trace the extra-ordinary techniques that Lui developed to meticulously depict the changing seasons, weather, and the various times of day while maintaining the literati spirit of traditional ink painting. Liu was painting these landscapes all the while when he was working on his iconic Zen paintings.  This exhibition is the third in a series of important shows …

Red Dot Exhibition The Essence of Design – Creating Value at HKDI Gallery

Red Dot Exhibition The Essence of Design – Creating Value Nov 26 – Apr 10, 2022Wed – Mon, 10am to 8pm HKDI GALLERYHong Kong Design Institute & Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education(Lee Wai Lee), 3 King Ling Rd, Tseung Kwan O, NT  新界將軍澳景嶺路3號香港知專設計學院HKDI Gallery http://www.hkdi.edu.hk In collaboration with Red Dot Institute, the exhibition The Essence of Design – Creating Value deals with the importance of good design in the companies’ and brands’ profitability besides its aesthetic, cultural and social aspects. It showcases a wide range of game-changing products and brands that won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. As the founder of Red Dot, Prof. & Dr. Peter Zec mentions, “Many people believe if it does not cost anything it is not worth anything. It is clear that good quality is more expensive and inferior quality costs less. Quality has its price, but the price alone says nothing about value. The price simply shows that something is expensive or inexpensive. Only when quality comes into play can it be determined if something is better or worse. The difference and …

Damien Hirst at White Cube Hong Kong

Damien HirstHis Own Worst EnemyNov 24 – Jan 8, 2022 White Cube Hong Kong50 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong+852 2592 2000Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm http://www.whitecube.com White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present His Own Worst Enemy, an exhibition by Damien Hirst.  On view in Asia for the first time, sculptures from Hirst’s acclaimed series Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable feature alongside a new series of paintings titled The Revelations, produced in 2021. Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, a project that Hirst developed over ten years, is based on the fictional discovery of an ancient shipwreck. Realised through a large suite of sculptures, drawings and other ephemera, all created in an extraordinary array of techniques and materials, the series weaves fantasy and historical references to expose the myth and mutability of history, belief systems and art itself.  View full exhibition details online.

Sin Wai Kin at Blindspot Gallery

Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin)It’s Always YouNov 23 – Jan 8, 2022 Blindspot Gallery 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk HangHong Kong+852 2517 6238Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 6.30pm http://www.blindspotgallery.com Blindspot Gallery is delighted to present It’s Always You, Sin Wai Kin’s first solo exhibition in Asia. Presenting works never previously shown in Hong Kong, chronologically from 2016 to 2021, this exhibition traces the creative journey of the artist, who again and again reinvents themselves to hold multiple identities, and to shift between different ways of being. Encompassing film, face wipes, performance, texts, ephemera, Sin’s practice embraces a breadth of material and gender expressions and the worlding of alterity. The manifold journey of It’s Always You manifests the perils and joys of naming, the cycle of birth and endless rebirth, the inevitability of change, and the ease and grace of metamorphosis. Sin Wai Kin is a carrier bag, a gatherer and forager of characters, dances, fictions, truths, histories, and possible futures.

Closing soon: Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork ‘Olistostrome’ at Empty Gallery

Jacqueline Kiyomi GorkOlistostromeSep 11 – Nov 20, 2021 Empty Gallery 18 & 19/F Grand Marine Center3 Yue Fung Street, Tin WanHong Kong+852 2563 3396Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm http://www.emptygallery.com Empty Gallery’s second solo exhibition with Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork, Olistostrome, is closing soon on next Saturday, November 20.  Often aiming to reconfigure received hierarchies between audience, performer, and exhibition architecture, Gork’s hybrid practice exists in the slippery disciplinary interstice between sculpture and sound installation. Acutely sensitive to the ways in which the sonic world regulates and molds our sense of subjective interiority, Gork both draws on and subverts the legacy of cybernetics—creating systems of embodied feedback which seek to mobilize the emancipatory potential latent within everyday materials and infrastructures, as well as the simple act of listening. The visual and sonic (Solutions to Common Noise Problems) landscape is punctuated by a series of sculptures known as Attenuators. At once resembling sacred rocks, greco-roman statuary, and topological formations, these enigmatic structures– dispersed like islands within a reservoir of dry pebbles– function simultaneously as sculptures in the classical sense, and as sonic modifiers …