With a masterful presentation of around 40 works by
, London gallery Richard Nagy introduces itself to Hong Kong with verve. The gallery is showing at the fair for the first time, and it has culled works not just from its own storerooms, but from private collections, as well (many pieces are not for sale). Gallerist Nina Hartl explained that of all the German and Austrian artists shown by the gallery, Schiele is “probably the most known” throughout Asia.
One highlight, Hartl pointed out, is a double self-portrait, Two Squatting Men (Double Self-Portrait), which Schiele created in 1918, just before he died (priced at $5 million, it’s not available). In the picture, the dual images of the nude artist rest against a dark, splotchy background of mauves and forest greens: Man merges with nature, and with paint itself.