Art Basel Hong Kong 2018: in pictures

Hauser & Wirth inaugurates its new Hong Kong gallery in the H Queen’s development with mixed-media works by Mark Bradford. The American artist has frequently explored how populations – marginalised communities in particular – have been been grouped or quantified. For this new body of work, on view until 12 May, Bradford has mined archival material, including transit maps, advertising and outdated maps used on bond securities. Pictured, Next, Storm the castle, 2018, by Mark Bradford. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photography: Joshua White

Acute Art, the world’s first virtual reality platform dedicated entirely to contemporary, is showcasing experiences by heavyweights Marina Abramović (pictured) and Anish Kapoor at the main Art Basel Hong Kong fair. In Abramović’s work, Rising, a virtual avatar of the Serbian performance artist confined in a slowly-filling water challenges the viewer to confront the climate change crisis: if you choose to help, the water level goes down, while inaction results in the artist’s drowning. Pictured, Abramović in her cyborg (left) and virtual (right) forms. Courtesy of Acute Art

Left, Scottish artist Jim Lambie presents Spiral Scratch, a site-specific installation at Pacific Place on view until 8 April. The perspective-bending intervention, installed on the floor of the shopping centre’s Garden Court, comprises an interwoven pattern of monochromatic curves laid out in vinyl tape and interpersed with coloured ladders. Right, Installation view of Pumpkin, 2008, by Yayoi Kusama, one of the works inaugurating Hong Kong’s first ever sculpture park. The temporary installation of sculptures is on view until 11 April

Left, Untitled, 2017, by Bjarne Melgaard. Swedish carpet specialist Henzel Studio is debuting four brand new art carpets at this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong – three by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard and one by Swiss artist Olaf Breuning – at Joyce’s Central store. Right, Skarstedt and Sprüth Magers present Expanded Portrait Compositions (27 March – 6 April), the first major exhibition by American artist George Condo in Hong Kong. Hosted in the unlikely location of the Maritime Museum, the show comprises a new body of work created especially for the occasion, including eight paintings on canvas and five paper works. Pictured, Laughing and Screaming, 2017, by George Condo. © George Condo / ARS (Artists Rights Society), New York, 2018 Courtesy of the artist and Skarstedt, New York and Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London, Los Angeles

Left, Untitled XII, 1975, by Willem de Kooning. This rare masterpiece by the American abstract expressionist from the collection of philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is set to to be on the highest value works ever to be displayed at Art Basel Hong Kong. The painting, created during the height of the artist’s career, is on display at Lévy Gorvy’s booth (1C14), alongside Pat Steir, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and Zao Wou Ki. Right, Images Carrier 02, 2015, by Zhou Siwei, digital print. K11 Art Foundation (KAF)’s group exhibition is spread across two locations in the city, showcasing some 40 works from across a range of disciplines including photography, sculpture, painting and sculpture. Opening 28 March, ‘Emerald City’ is on view at KAF’s pop-up space in the Cosco Tower, Sheung Wan, until 22 April, and Chi Art Space, Central, until 31 May. Courtesy of the artist and Antenna Space

Left, Untitled, 1947 – 1949, by Louise Bourgeois, was displayed at Hauser & Wirth’s fair booth (1D13). The gallery has focused on on artists who investigate the notion of size, mass and the body, juxtaposing ideas of weightlessness and bold, heavy sculpture. © The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photography: Christopher Burke. Right, Gazing Ball (Crouching Venus), 2013, by Jeff Koons, at David Zwirner’s booth (1C20). Courtesy of David Zwirner

At Pedder Building in Central, Louis Vuitton is showcasing its complete Objets Nomades collection for the first time in Hong Kong. If the exhibition’s striking scenography has a sense of familiarity about it then it’s because designer Andre Fu has brought his signature aesthetics to the space, imagining a meandering design with elements that reference 1960s and 70s Hong Kong architecture, and Japanese Zen gardens. Pictured, ‘Bomboca’ sofa, by Campana Brothers

Installation view of Louis Vuitton’s ‘Objets Nomades’ showcase at Pedder Building in Central, with scenography design by Andre Fu. Pictured, ‘Concertina Shade’, by Raw-Edges, and ‘Tabouret’ stools, by Atelier Oï

Installation view of Louis Vuitton’s ‘Objets Nomades’ showcase at Pedder Building in Central, with scenography design by Andre Fu. Pictured, the entrance (left), and ‘Cocoon’ (right), by Campana Brothers

Installation view of Louis Vuitton’s ‘Objets Nomades’ showcase at Pedder Building in Central, with scenography design by Andre Fu. Pictured, ‘Lounge Chair’ and ‘Diamond Screen’, both by Marcel Wanders

Left, Light Up Your Environment (Black #5MT, White Sand #2E, Multicolor Ground), 2018, by Jennifer Guidi, sand and acrylic on linen. Gagosian is bringing an exhibition of new paintings by Guidi to its Pedder Building outpost. Guidi mixes oil paint with sand to create her detailed works. ‘Heliocentric’ is on view from 26 March until 12 May. Courtesy of the artist. Right, Sunken Forest, 2017, Wolfgang Tillmans. The photographer’s first exhibition in Hong Kong – running from 26 March until 12 May at David Zwirner’s recently opened Central gallery – features recent portraits and still lifes, along with figurative scenes and abstract photographs. © Wolfgang Tillmans. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York, Hong Kong.

Left, Argonaut, 2017, by Wolfgang Tillmans, displayed at David Zwirner’s gallery in H Queen’s. The exhibition continues until 12 May. © Wolfgang Tillmans. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York, Hong Kong. Right, Oslo Bishōjo no. 2, 2008-2018, by Torbjørn Rødland, on view at David Kordansky Gallery’s Art Basel Hong Kong booth (3C02). Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Left, making good use of Hong Kong’s balmy climes is Joyce Wang Studio with a ‘Travelling Terrazzo’ ice-cream cart. Throughout Art Basel week, the pop-up will serve three unique Elephant Grounds ice cream flavours (pictured, ‘Andes’ mint ice cream with chocolate chip) in terrazzo bowls designed by the studio. It is a taster of the limited-edition terrazzo ‘Flint’ furniture collection, which Joyce Wang Studio will be launching later this year at the London Design Festival in September. Photography: Alex Maeland. Right, Falling Man, 2016, by Rashid Johnson, at Hauser & Wirth’s Art Basel booth

Paradigm (solid), 2014, by Conrad Shawcross, at Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, on view until 11 April

Lucern and Beijing-based Galerie Urs Meile (Booth 1D24) is showcasing Michel Comte, in the first presentation in China of the Swiss artist and photographer’s more recent work. Environmental decline has become a recurring theme among artists in recent years and Comte reflects on this through sculpture, video and photography in the series, entitled Light. The long-term project began with two large-scale exhibitions that opened in Italy last year: ‘Light’ at the MAXXI museum, and ‘Black Light, White Light’ at the Triennale di Milano. The project continues in May with Light III in Beijing. Courtesy of Galerie Urs Meile

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