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5 Asian Galleries To Visit At Art Basel 2018

5 Asian Galleries To Visit At Art Basel 2018
By Oliver Giles
June 12, 2018
It might feel like Art Basel in Hong Kong has only just finished, but it’s already time for Art Basel’s fair in its Swiss hometown. One of the largest art fairs in the world, this year’s Art Basel features 290 galleries and is expected to attract more than 90,000 visitors. Among all the big-name galleries from Europe and the USA, a handful of leading Asian galleries—including one from Hong Kong—are participating in this year’s fair. Here, we round-up five you should make a beeline for.

1/5Hanart TZ, Hong Kong

Nilima Sheikh, Erased Homes (2018). (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Hanart TZ)
Nilima Sheikh, Erased Homes (2018). (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Hanart TZ)

The only homegrown Hong Kong gallery taking part in this year’s Art Basel, Hanart TZ is presenting an exhibition titled West Heavens: Nilima Sheikh and Qiu Zhijie that explores the cultural dialogue between China and India. The show’s title comes from Ancient Chinese Buddhist texts, which often referred to India as “West Heavens”.

See also: Bernard Chan: Hong Kong Palace Museum Open To International Exhibitions

2/5Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Izumi Kato, Untitled (2017) © Izumi Kato. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa)
Izumi Kato, Untitled (2017) © Izumi Kato. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa)

A small sculpture of an alien-like figure by Izumi Kato is one of the highlights of Take Ninagawa’s Art Basel booth, which also features paintings by Shinro Ohtake, Danh Vo and more. Larger sculptures by Kato—many of them also depicting eerie characters—are currently dotted around Hong Kong’s new Tai Kwun development.

3/5ShanghART Gallery, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore

Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses (detail) (2017) (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery)
Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses (detail) (2017) (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery)

If you’re looking for works by leading Chinese artists, head to ShanghART Gallery’s booth, where you’ll find pieces by Yang Fudong, Zhang Enli, Ding Yi and more. ShanghART, one of the leading galleries from Mainland China, is also showing works by a handful of non-Chinese artists, including pieces by leading Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

See also: 7 Hong Kong Artists To Follow On Instagram

4/5Long March Space, Beijing

Yu Hong, Old Man Yu Gong Is Still Moving Away Mountains (2017). (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Long March Space)
Yu Hong, Old Man Yu Gong Is Still Moving Away Mountains (2017). (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Long March Space)

Long March Space has a booth in the Galleries sector but is also taking part in the Unlimited sector, which features large works that can't fit in a conventional booth space. In the Unlimited sector, Long March Space is presenting a huge, 5-metre by 9-metre painting by Chinese painter Yu Hong. Titled Old Man Yu Gong Is Still Moving Away Mountains, the painting depicts a surrealist mixture of modern-day characters (some of them clutching mobile phones) in a traditional Chinese mural painting.  

5/5STPI, Singapore

Jane Lee,Flashback III (detail) (2018) (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and STPI)
Jane Lee,Flashback III (detail) (2018) (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and STPI)

STPI is a non-profit printmaking workshop in Singapore that pairs world-famous artists with its expert team of printmakers to create new, boundary-breaking works on paper. At Art Basel, STPI is showing recent works by American artist Pae White, Vietnamese photographer Dinh Q. Lê and Singaporean painter Jane Lee—all of which were made at STPI.   

See also: 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In June

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