ArtBasel Hong Kong 2019 says good-bye to KAWS

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The giant inflatable KAWS installation kicked off the art month in Hong Kong in the last week of March and marked the beginning of ArtBasel Hong Kong 2019. The premier art show opened its doors on March 29 and runs through Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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The bad weather, though, cuts KAWS: HOLIDAYS, the 121-foot sculpture from American artist in Victoria Harbor short. But the other large-scale sculptures from the Encounters section of ArtBasel Hong Kong 2019 are protected by the exhibition hall walls and roofs where they are housed. The impact of these 12 institutional-scale sculptures could go as viral as KAWS.

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Eight of these installations under the theme ‘Still we rise’ premiered at the well-known art show. The curator Alexie Glass-Kantor, executive director at ArtSpace Sydney, was seeking out artists interpreting the current disorientation and uncertainty in the culture. By looking back and speculating about the future, these artists have taken on a concept of complexity of the world that is not easy to fathom.

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As every year, ArtBasel Hong Kong 2019 focuses on art and creations in Asia and Asia-Pacific. Of the 242 leading art galleries from 35 countries and territories, more than half are from the region representing the diversity of established and emerging artists. 21 new galleries have taken up the challenges to bringing historical and cutting-edge artworks to the show and public.

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Especially noteworthy is the Kabinett section with 21 conceptional presentations of various artists including Taiwanese Wan Pan-Young, Korean Yoo Youngkuk, Filippino Pacita Abad, late Burmese Bagyi Aung Soe, and Korean Lee Bul.

The ‘Conversation’ bears pearls of wisdom shared on 22 panels and spread by leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors, and critics. ArtBasel Hong Kong 2019 follows the widely successful Art Basel in Miami Beach and also offers the opportunity for other art initiatives.

One of them is the ArtBasel Cities where the organization partners with different cities to curate cultural programs.  

Read about previous ArtBasel exhibitions: Miami Beach 2018, Art Basel Hong Kong 2018.

Source: photos are courtesy Art Basel

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