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The Honourees for Asia Society's 2019 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards

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The Honourees for Asia Society's 2019 Asia Arts Game Changer Awards

Asia Arts Game Changer Awards Hong Kong is a signature gala celebration honoring the Asia Arts Game Changers during the week of Art Basel in Hong Kong. Major art collectors, artists, gallerists, dignitaries from the art world, and Asia Society trustees and patrons will gather to celebrate the contemporary arts in Asia and honor artists and arts professionals for their significant contributions.

For more than twenty years, Asia Society has been a pioneer in identifying and fostering the latest contemporary Asian artists and engaging new audiences for their work.

Past honorees include: Cai Guo-Qiang, Subodh Gupta, Hon Chi Fun, Shirazeh Houshiary, Ju Ming, Bharti Kher, Lee Ufan, Liu Guosong, Nalini Malani, Nyoman Masriadi, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Park Seo-Bo, Rashid Rana, Shahzia Sikander, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Do Ho Suh, Wucius Wong, Xu Bing, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Xiaogang.

All proceeds from Asia Arts Game Changer Awards Hong Kong support Asia Society Arts & Culture initiatives worldwide. Asia Society’s Asia Arts Game Changer Awards Hong Kong is co-organized by Asia Society Museum, New York, and Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Take a look at this year's honorees:

 

Christine Ay Tjoe

Christine Ay Tjoe is an Indonesian artist whose multimedia practice includes painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Her psychologically-charged abstractions address philosophical themes relating to spirituality and the human condition filtered through the artist’s personal experiences. Ay Tjoe recently had a major midcareer retrospective at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2018) and has been featured in many international exhibitions, including at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2012); National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (2009); and Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2005).

 

Fang Lijun

Fang Lijun is one of the leading figures of the Cynical Realism movement that emerged in China in the 1990s. This group sought to capture the disillusionment of China’s youth following the optimism of the 1980s. Fang’s bald figures, captured in mid-yawn, portray the alienating feelings of apathy and helplessness that permeated contemporary society during this period. Fang has exhibited internationally, including at the Kunst Museum Bern (2016); Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2011); Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2009); the 48th Venice Biennale (1999); Asia Society Museum, New York (1998); and the 22nd São Paulo Art Biennial (1994).

 

Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi is renowned for his site-specific paintings, installations, and videos created in the style of Indo-Persian miniature painting as a means to explore contemporary socio-political themes. His elegant miniatures often juxtapose figures in modern dress against ornate landscapes that reflect contemporary life in Pakistan while his large-scale works feature red leaves and floral patterns that are meant to provoke thoughtful reflection on the sometimes tenuous and often bloody relationship between religious ideologies and warfare. Qureshi has exhibited internationally, including at The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2016); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011); and Asia Society Museum, New York (2009).

 

Natee Utarit

Natee Utarit is a Thai artist best known for his photorealist paintings that subtly critique the socio-political dynamics of post-colonial Thailand. His neoclassical compositions often feature biblical and Buddhist symbols and anthropomorphize animals in the manner of Aesop’s Fables and George Orwell’s Animal Farm as a means to illuminate uncomfortable truths about contemporary society. Utarit’s work has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions including at the Ayala Museum, Manila (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art (now Kiasma), Helsinki (2001); and the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (1999).

 

To sponsor a table or purchase tickets, please download the RSVP form.

Please contact AsiaArtsAwards@AsiaSociety.org for more information.



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