Visiting Art Basel HK certainly whets the appetite for more good art. While the event has had extensive online coverage, seeing the artworks personally is a different experience altogether.
The show had its share of popular names – like a boxing painting by Ushio Shinohara, the Genesis book that features the photography of Sebastiao Salgado (wish I spent more time going through that book), a print capturing a moment from an Abramovic performance. Works that caught my eye included the ‘Inflection Point” series of Indian artist Martand Khosla. This was in one of the first booths I visited, so I was still calm and still had time on my side. Here also, familiarity with India helped ease my reading of Khosla’s work.
The artworks in the show was in an assortment of mediums. A few examples are (from left to right) works by Paolo Pivi, Roman Ondak, and Liu Ye.
The textile works of Faig Ahmed (left: “Step Outside”) was also in Art Basel HK, as well as Pae White’s (right: “Metallics and Modules”), which was part of the show’s Encounters program.
The view of the pier from HKCEC sure felt like it was part of the art show.
Some of the galleries showed installations that made you slow down and pause. These installations were often placed in strategic locations in their booths to force the crowd into a more organized path for viewing the artworks showcased. The booth of Silverlens made use of this strategy.
The installation in the booth of Green Naftali surely stopped me in my tracks.