10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In September 2019
1/10 David Zwirner: Philip-Lorca diCorcia
New York-based photographer Phili-Lorca DiCorcia has dedicated his career to playing with one of the central ideas of photography—that, give or take a little Photoshop, the camera captures reality. For some series, he pays people to pose in photos that at first glance appear to be snapshots of everyday life. In others, DiCorcia sets up his camera and elaborate lighting on city streets, then waits for passersby to wander into the frame, unwittingly becoming stars of his shots.
DiCorcia’s key series are being exhibited in Hong Kong this month at David Zwirner, which is hosting a survey show looking back at his career so far.
September 10 to October 12. David Zwirner, 5/F and 6/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, 2119 5900. davidzwirner.com
2/10 Gagosian: Albert Oehlen
The German contemporary artist carves a new path for abstract art with his deconstruction of painting as a medium, his combining of various artistic styles, and his incorporation of new technologies into his work. Most notable is his lack of fear of “bad” painting, as he reaches new heights through embracing the ugly and the unsettling in his art.
September 12 to October 26. Gagosian, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. gagosian.com
3/10 Hauser & Wirth: Arp, Master of 20th-Century Sculpture
The work of German-French abstract artist Hans Arp, a key figure in 20th-century modern art and in the surrealism and Dada movements, is being shown in Hong Kong for the first time. The artist worked in various media, and this show features wood reliefs, woodcuts, cardboard collages, drawings and bronze sculptures made from 1918-65.
September 4 to November 9. Hauser & Wirth, 15/F and 16/F H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central. hauserwirth.com
4/10 Blindspot Gallery: Liquefied Sunshine | Force Majeure
Hong Kong artists Luke Ching Chin-wai and South Ho Siu-nam join forces in a dual exhibition that addresses the typhoon as both a meteorological phenomenon and a metaphor for socio-political turbulence in the city. Ching compares Hong Kong and Taiwan through his abstract works, while Ho presents his most recent photographic series, which chronicles the aftermath of 2018’s Typhoon Mangkhut.
September 10 to November 2. 15/F Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. blindspotgallery.com
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5/10 Massimo De Carlo Gallery: Xu Qu
The gallery presents a new series of works by Chinese artist Xu Qu, who is well known for a multidisciplinary approach that leads him to create videos, paintings, installations and sculptures that question and comment on the world around us. His minimal yet bold works have earned him recognition as one of the most fascinating artists to have grown up in Mainland China during the 1980s.
September 19 to October 26. Massimo de Carlo, 3/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. massimodecarlo.com
6/10 Opera Gallery: Taher Jaoui and George Morton-Clark
Taher Jaoui and George Morton-Clark are in the spotlight at Opera Gallery this month. The two artists are both inspired by street art, Abstract Expressionism, cartoons, and graffiti, and each use a mixture of oil paint, spray paint, charcoal, and acrylic to create expressive, large-scale paintings.
Until September 30. Opera Gallery, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central. operagallery.com
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7/10 Kwai Fung Hin: Seven Dimensions by Matteo Pugliese
Italian artist Matteo Pugliese draws on traditional art and techniques to create his life-like sculptures. At Kwai Fung Hin, he's showing works from three of his best-known series: Extra Moenia, which feature men appearing to climb through gallery walls; Guardians, a group of sculptures that meticulously recreate the outfits and uniforms of historic warriors, from ancient samurais to Ethiopian Mursi tribesmen; and Beetles, which explores the colours and patterns of bugs.
September 4 to October 3. G/F 20 Ice House Street, Central. kwaifunghin.com
8/10 Liang Yi Museum: Crowning Glory—The Beauty of Ladies' Ornaments from Asia and Europe
This wide-ranging show explores traditional and modern concepts of female beauty in Asia through a selection of more than 250 objects, including traditional Chinese furniture associated with the boudoir, Japanese hair ornaments and silver pieces, and textiles from both cultures.
September 16 to February 27, 2020. 181-199 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. liangyimuseum.com
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9/10 White Cube: Qin Yifeng
Artist Qin Yifeng's personal collection of Ming-dynasty wooden furniture has inspired his latest works, which are being unveiled at White Cube in Hong Kong this month.
For this series, Qin used a large-format camera to capture images of the furniture, then reversed the negative—turning black to white and vice versa.
September 4 to November 16. 50 Connaught Road, Central. whitecube.com
10/10 Over The Influence: Andy Dixon—No Big Deal I Want More
A line from the famous song Part of Your World from Disney's Little Mermaid has been taken for the title of this show, Canadian artist Andy Dixon's first in Hong Kong.
The paintings on display come from three ongoing series that explore the relationship between art and wealth. In one series, titled Auction House Objects, Dixon paints objects plucked from auction house catalogues, then titles the work after the lot number, reducing the object to the status of commodities.
Earlier this year, Dixon collaborated with Versace Home on a project at Milan Design Week.
Until September 21. 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road, Central. overtheinfluence.com
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