Art HK 12 Delivers Works from the World’s Leading Galleries

  • Galleries Section. Michael Hoppen Gallery. Yumiko Utsu, Octopus Portrait, 2009
  • Galleries Section. Michael Hoppen Gallery. Yumiko Utsu, Octopus Portrait, 2009 (detail)
  • Sheila Gibson Stoodley

The Hong Kong International Art Fair started strong in 2008 and never lost momentum. Its fifth edition, dubbed Art HK 12 and running from May 17 through 20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, boasts more than 260 exhibiting galleries from all over the world, including venerable New York–based favorites such as Leo Castelli, Acquavella, L&M Arts, Pace, Lehmann Maupin, and Sperone Westwater.

The fair is an excellent venue for works by rising artists from Asia. The Blindspot Gallery, which launched in Hong Kong in 2010, plans to show Jiang Pengyi’s Luminant: BTV (A) Beijing, one of a series of nine images that contemplates the urbanization of mainland China. Pengyi produced it as both a limited-edition print and a light box, available for prices that range up to $11,500. “The series captures the luminance of modern skyscrapers glowing in the intense brightness created by overexposure,” says the gallery’s Mimi Gradel. “The blinding luminance urges the viewers to contemplate the city’s over-development and the society of spectacle dominated by consumption and mass media.”

Michael Hoppen Gallery of London will display photographs by Yumiko Utsu, including her Octopus Portrait from 2009. The Japanese artist bought an octopus from a food market and positioned it on an image of an unidentified portrait (Hoppen thinks it might show a Danish royal) to create the work. “Once I saw it, I knew it was a fantastic picture I’d never forget,” says Hoppen, who will bring the final two Octopus Portrait prints in the edition of 10, priced at around $4,000 each, to Art HK 12. “It’s wonderfully joyous and fun.” (www.hongkongartfair.com)

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