Judging by Monday’s bustling preview, the gloomy economic outlook that has affected fairs in the region recently did not seem to have an impact on Art Central. International and local collectors mixed with artists and young professionals looking to buy their first piece of art. Galleries, however, appear to be cautious in their choice of presentations, evidenced by a wealth of paintings on view across the fair, though some galleries did still manage to push the envelope with their presentations. Below, we bring you the 10 strongest booths at this year’s fair.
Installation view of MuMu Gallery’s booth at Art Central Hong, 2017. Photo courtesy of MuMu Gallery.
In its first foray at Art Central, the Taiwan gallery participates in the fair’s Rise sector, which features solo booths by galleries and art spaces launched over the past six years. The gallery presents the work of Huang Bo-Hao, a young Taiwanese artist whose minimalist works on paper draw inspiration from Chinese ink painting and are made using natural minerals.
, with Smit’s striking portraits and sculptures providing a nice contrast to Iqbal’s works on paper and installations. The latter’s Home Away From Home (2016) consists of small crocheted sculptures, and Last Prayer (2016) is comprised of hand-etched porcelain date seeds. The gallery also presents Estuary (2017), a delicate yet powerful installation by
Participating at the fair for the third time, the Hong Kong gallery presents a well-balanced group of artists based in China. Among the booth’s strongest works are two sculptures by Beijing-based artist
. The gallery presents Sanzi’s muted landscape paintings, like Dawn (Sunflower) (2014), picturing a black-and-white field of glowing sunflowers, and 云漫 Moving Cloud (2014), which features two small figures on a cliff engulfed in a foreboding, grey sky.
Central Section, Booth A6
With works by Yin Zhaoyang, Li Jin, Li Guijun, Liu Tianlian, Hao Jiantao, Fu Meijun, Gao Yu, Shih, Yung-chun, Liu Bing, Di Qing, Li Wei, Liu Zhiyin, Yan Shilin, Yan Lei, Li Xinyu, Tang Jie
Installation view of Line Gallery’s booth at Art Central Hong Kong, 2017.
. The booth is a thoughtfully curated presentation of the artist’s oil paintings and sculptures, including work from the artist’s “Fogo mensageiro” series, comprised of woodworking tools that reference human history, suffering, and survival.