10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In May
White Cube: Harland Miller
This exhibition is British artist Harland Miller's very first solo show in Asia and showcases new large-scale paintings that feature a single word. In these works, the letters of short words such as “up” and “if” are layered on top of each other in bold contrasting colours.
Miller may be best known for painting covers of imaginary books, many of them based on the classic design of vintage Penguin paperbacks.
May 31 to August 24. 50 Connaught Road, Central, 2592 2000. whitecube.com
Lehmann Maupin and Massimo de Carlo: McArthur Binion
McArthur Binion has been working quietly as an artist for more than 40 years, but it's only now—at the age of 72—that his work has become hot property with collectors. Binion's work defies easy categorisation, but over the years has moved from gestural to geometric abstraction to grid-based works that reference minimalism. In Hong Kong, Binion is showing densely-layered works that incorporate photocopies of pages from his address book buried beneath painted grids.
In an unusual move, this exhibition is being hosted in two commercial galleries: Lehmann Maupin and Massimo de Carlo.
May 22 to July 6. Lehmann Maupin, 4/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2530 0025. lehmannmaupin.com
May 22 to July 6. Massimo de Carlo, 3/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2613 8062. massimodecarlo.com
Perrotin: Eddie Martinez
The self-taught, Brooklyn-based artist is just as likely to work with unconventional painting methods as he is with more traditional approaches, being known to layer oil and spray paint—and even to incorporate unusual materials like gum wrappers. His striking paintings, often referencing pop culture, are akin to still lifes through an abstract lens.
May 17 to June 29. 17/F 50 Connaught Road, Central, 3758 2183. perrotin.com
Empty Gallery: Tishan Hsu and Cici Wu
In the 1980s, Chinese-American artist Tishan Hsu was pushing the envelope with cyberpunk art that explored how emerging technologies affected art and humanity. Then, in the following decade, he disappeared from the public eye, only to re-emerge last year with even more ambitious pieces.
This exhibition during Hong Kong art month features Hsu’s latest works, which were inspired by the artist’s research into his family history, some details of which were lost in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. Concurrently, Empty Gallery is also showing an exhibition of works by Beijing-born, New York-based artist Cici Wu.
March 26 to May 25. 18–19/F Grand Marine Centre, 3 Yue Fung St, Tin Wan, 2563 3396. emptygallery.com
Asia Society: A Story of Light: Hon Chi-fun and Yukaloo by James Turrell
Hong Kong artist Hon Chi-fun—who passed away at the age of 96 in February—and American artist James Turrell are featured at the Asia Society. Hon is renowned for co-founding the Circle Art Group in the 1960s, a pioneering collective of artists hailed for bringing modern art to Hong Kong.
At this exhibition, more than 30 of Hon’s artworks—a mixture of paintings, prints and photographs made over a 40-year period—are on show, while the non-profit is also showcasing James Turrell’s Yukaloo, one of the artist’s famous immersive light installations.
Until June 9. Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, 2103 9511. asiasociety.org
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Para Site: An Opera For Animals
This sprawling and ambitious show explores links between opera and European colonialism, revealing that there is an almost perfect overlap in the golden age of opera and the era of European colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. On top of that, the show investigates how this celebration of rationalism and the "high art" of opera led to an intellectual separation between humans and the natural world, elevating humans above animals.
Among the artists featured in the show are South Korean artist Haegue Yang, pioneering Indonesian artist Heri Dono and Hong Kong’s own Trevor Yeung.
Until June 9. 22/F Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, 2517 4620. para-site.org.hk
Simon Lee Gallery: Garth Weiser
American artist Garth Weiser is unveiling a new series of paintings in Hong Kong this month.
Weiser made these new works by painstakingly building by layers of oil paint before scratching lines, curves and slashes into the viscous surface, leaving sprawling patterns that are evocative of the work of Abstract Expressionist painters such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.
May 15 to June 27. 3/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2801 6252. simonleegallery.com
Mine Project: Dario Guccio: Dry Clean Calendar
Italian artist Dario Guccio is best known for his mixed-media works, many of which feature cutouts made from leather. This exhibition, which features a series of new works, is his first solo exhibition in Asia.
May 2 to June 8. 11/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai.
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Asia Art Archive: Form Colour Action
When Singaporean artist Lee Wen died in March, Asia lost one of its pioneers of performance art. This exhibition showcases Lee's rarely-seen sketchbooks alongside documentation of several of his performances.
Until June 29. Asia Art Archive Library, 11/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2844 1112. aaa.org.hk
Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile: Unfolding: Fabric Of Our Life
To mark its grand opening, the Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile (Chat) is hosting an exhibition that brings together works by 17 contemporary artists and artist collectives from around Asia. All of these artists explore diverse ways of using textiles, though not all of them work exclusively with that medium—the exhibition includes photography, video art and more.
Until June 30. Chat, 4/F The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, 3979 2300. themills.com.hk
See also: Inside The Mills: The Centre for Heritage, Arts And Textile In Hong Kong