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Veronica Chow, Managing Editor of Bazaar Art Hong Kong

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Veronica Chow, Managing Editor of Bazaar Art Hong Kong
Kara Walker's Subtlety Sculpture. (Image courtesy of Artshare)

Veronica has a dual identity. As the Managing Editor of Bazaar Art HK, a bi-annual art magazine under Harper’s Bazaar aim to offer readers a Veronica has a duo identity. As the Managing Editor of Bazaar Art HK, a bi-annual art magazine under Harper’s Bazaar aim to offer readers a unique vision into the worlds of fine art. She formulates editorial direction for every issue as well as conducting interviews with artists and experts in the industry. She took up the new challenge last year by joining Bazaar website as Digital Content Director, further extend the sphere of Bazaar Art into digital world. Being an art lover, Veronica travels to New York frequent enough to keep herself updated with all the new artsy happenings. vision into the worlds of fine art. She formulates editorial direction for every issue as well as conducting interviews with artists and experts in the industry. She took up the new challenge last year by joining Bazaar website as Digital Content Director, further extend the sphere of Bazaar Art into digital world. Being an art lover, Veronica travels to New York frequent enough to keep herself updated with all the new artsy happenings.

Veronica Chow. (Image courtesy of Artshare)

Art is important in your life, because...It keeps me thinking, learning and striving for new knowledge. 

Art goes best with...An open mind 

Art is valuable, because... It gathers different opinions and voices from the society, encourages dialogue that challenge our existing thinking and further push it in a new direction, allows us to think outside the box 

The three words that first come to your mind when you think about art... Appreciation, passion, evolution 

The best museum show/ exhibition you saw in 2014...ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow,1950s-1960s at Guggenheim Museum. Robert Gober: The Heart is Not a Metaphor at MoMA. Kara Walker “ A Subtlety” sugar installation at former Domino Sugar Refining Plant. 

Your favourite museum in the world...Guggenheim Museum in New York. Even when the show is overrated, you can still enjoy wandering the spiral staircase designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Antonio Homem

The best city to go for art...New York and Berlin 

An artist (dead or alive) you would like to have lunch with...Bruce High Quality Foundation to find out their anonymous identity. 

The artwork you would like to hang in your living room...Installation of Yves Klein Pluie Bleue, 1961. The Yves Klein blue gives me a feeling of tranquility that I never get bored looking at it.

If you were an artist, who would it be? Laurie Simmons. Being a great artist herself, married to another legend Carroll Dunham, having the best genes passing on to next generation, cannot ask for more!!

Antonio Homem in front of Robert Morris’ sculpture at the backyard of Sonnabend Gallery.

Name one of your favourite artists and tell us why
 
Thomas Demand. Creates everything out of a piece of paper or cardboard, as simple as it seems, he reconstructs scenes and places with historical and political context, some places even not exist anymore. Knowing that all his works are based on full scale, with a sense of deja vu, I enter into his paper world of imagination like Alice falling into Rabbit Hole. I visited him at his studio in Berlin last summer, he told me how he and his team spent 3 years in making 《Pacific Sun》, an animation derived from a security camera footage, widely circulated at YouTube for a “15 minute famous” moment. Instead of using digital software ,every movement in the animation was done by hand and photographed into 2,600 frames. Being accurate and beautifully imaginative, 《Pacific Sun》is definitely my favourite work of his. 


An unmissable art event that you go to every year
 

MoMA PS1 Warm Up. From time to time, MoMA PS1 has curated great show such as Mike Kelley’s retrospective in 2013. Every summer, under the directorship of Klaus Biesenbach, the Long-island museum presents Warm Up, an outdoor party with experimental live music performance crossover projects by emerging artists. Not sure if you are follower of Klaus Biesenbach’s instagram, but it tells how great he is as a party organizer. 


Describe one of your best art experiences

Talking to Antonio Homem, the owner of Sonnabend Gallery and adopted son of legendary art dealer Ileana Sonnabend, has brought me back to New York city of 1960s. He shared with me the interesting story of assisting Ileana to set up the first Sonnabend Gallery in SoHo, when SoHo was still a ghetto neighbourhood filled with industrial warehouse. Gilbert and George’s 《Singing Sculpture 》as the opening show, Antonio and Ileana introduced artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and later on Jeff Koons and Ashley Bickerton to broader audiences back in 60s to 80s. Going through their archive was ten times more valuable and fun than flipping an art history textbook.

Pluie Bleue Installation of Yves Klein at Dominique Levy Gallery 

FACTS

  • I am a big fan of Hello Kitty (no shame at all) and thrilled to see Tom Sachs having a crush with the little kitty too.
  • I spent most of my time at Roberta’s pizza at the last NY Frieze Art Fair, full stomach goes hand in hand with good art.
  • I switch off my mind occasionally by watching those B grade local movies on TV, especially those of 90s.
  • I nickname artists with my gallery friend.
  • I have subscribed to Brooklyn Rail, the only subscription I have.
  • I think it’s more fun to dress down than dressing up to exhibition opening and art fair.

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.



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