Art Central is back with its 2021 edition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre! The fair will be held from 20 - 23 May, with a preview on 19 May. Art Central 2021 is presented with their Lead Partner UOB and features exhibitions from Hong Kong and around the world, showcasing the next generation of talent from Asia's most innovative galleries alongside distinguished international artists.
Art Central 2021 welcomes the participation of galleries across four exhibitor sectors. In addition to its Central Galleries platform, Art Central introduces new sectors for Curated Booths and Solo Presentations. For international galleries unable to travel to Hong Kong this year, Art Central debuts a dedicated selling exhibition, titled Here/There, with works by established and emerging artists from across the globe.
Angela Yuen, The Stranger IV, 2021, plastic toys, resin, beads, perspex, motor, LED lights, 44 x 30 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Contemporary by Angela Li.
Embracing the cultural milieu of Hong Kong, and drawing on the city’s rich history of language and identity, the Fair’s sixth edition introduces elements of Cantonese language throughout its programme content. Art Central 2021 retains popular features such as Sculpture and Installation Projects, this year under the direction of Curatorial Director André Chan, and renowned public talks programme presented in partnership with Education Partner, Asia Society Hong Kong Center. The Fair continues to embrace its identity as a cultural platform that pushes boundaries and fosters experimentation in contemporary art.
The highlights include the Chung Dim Central Gallery, Gwo Wai Curated Booths, and Duk Dak Solo Presentations.
The Chung Dim Central Galleries provides a platform for established galleries to present museum-quality installations, featuring artists of strong market standing and notable exhibition history. The galleries represent leading artists from across the globe and affirm the fair’s position at the centre of Asia’s market for contemporary art. Chung Dim Central Gallery highlights include new works by Hong Kong artists Chan Wai Lap and Angela Yuen at Contemporary by Angela Li; South Korean masters Lee Kang-hyo and Song Kwang Ik at Soluna Fine Art; paintings by award-winning Chinese ink and calligraphy artist Chui Pui Chee presented by first-time exhibitor Gallery Jeeum; works by Egami Etsu, Jiang Miao and Yang Yongliang at Whitestone Gallery; and a presentation of recent works by artists living in different cities at Karin Weber Gallery, including Carmen Ng (Hong Kong), Eric Fok (Macau), and Timothy Hon Hung Lee (London), amongst others.
Chui Pui Chee, Nine Abysses V, ink on silver paper on four panels, each 141 x 75 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery Jeeum.
Jin-Wook Yeom, Memory of Mountain, 2020, oil on canvas, 181.8 x 259.1 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and LEE & BAE.
The Gwo Wai Curated Booths is a platform for innovative projects of up to three artists, Gwo Wai booths demonstrate a strong curatorial concept developed specifically for the Fair. Gwo Wai is a term from Cantonese opera which describes the movement of performers crossing paths on the stage. Gwo Wai exhibitors are selected in consultation with the fair’s Curatorial Director. Four Gwo Wai Curated Booths have been selected for Art Central 2021. LEE & BAE (Busan) will show paintings by Jin-Wook Yeom, photographs by Sang-Sun Bae and sculptures by You-Mee Lee; Novalis Contemporary Art Design (Hong Kong) will feature design art by Shiro Kuramata and Ettore Sottsass; Contemporary Crafts Centre (Hong Kong) will install works by Nina Pryde, Solan Chiu, and Sakurako Matsushima; and Art Projects Gallery (Hong Kong) will showcase new work of Damon Tong, Yukiko Morimoto, and Ryota Unno.
Peter Chan, The Jade Butterflies, 2021, oil on linen, 65 x 95 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery HZ.
Duk Dak, a common Cantonese phrase meaning “individually special”, is a newly launched sector featuring emerging and established talent through solo artist projects, presented by their representing galleries. Duk Dak Solo Presentation highlights include paintings by Italian contemporary artist Stefano Perrone at Jason Shin (Seoul), sculptural works by master ceramists Ah Leon at Artspace K (Hong Kong), Galerie Zink (Waldkirchen) showing Spanish painter Matías Sánchez, and Gallery HZ (Hong Kong) with the work of Canada-based, Hong Kong-born artist Peter Chan.
Chris Cheung (h0nh1m), Ink Reveries. Image courtesy of the artist and UOB.
About Art Central
Art Central, a cornerstone event of Hong Kong Art Week, showcases the next generation of talent from Asia’s most innovative galleries alongside distinguished artists from around the world. Since its inaugural edition in 2015, Art Central has established itself as a professional platform for pushing boundaries in contemporary art and is recognised today as a place of discovery for collectors and curators representing private, corporate and institutional collections worldwide. The strong gallery line-up is complemented by a dynamic five-day programme that includes large-scale and interactive installations, experimental film and performance and engaging panel discussions.
Art Central 2021 is free to attend but requires advance registration in compliance with venue regulations. A timed entry system is implemented to ensure safe and equitable access to the Fair. As capacity is limited, early registration is recommended.
Click here to register for Art Central 2021.
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