Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Artistic Exhibitionists

Jeff Koons' BMW that was unveiled last June in Paris and now in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong International Art Fair or Art HK 11 has just started. It's a major trade fair where the public is also invited to come and look at and also buy art from galleries represented from around the world.

All kinds of arty people have come out of the woodwork for this show, many wearing avant garde clothing or trying to give off the air that they know something about contemporary modern art.

The event is held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and practically every free space in the exhibition area is covered in art. There's some famous works like line drawings by Andy Warhol, fun sculptures by Keith Haring or one of the "Mask Series" paintings by Zeng Fangzhi which are fetching millions at the moment at auction.

But then there's also some really strange stuff, like drawings that a child could have done, photographic images that only reveal the skill of using PhotoShop to a series of ticker-tape screens lined up together all saying things like "time to ask a question".

Takashi Murakami's happy-looking flowers
It was nice to see Takashi Murakami's works, both sculptural and two dimensional, as they are fun and playful. Who wouldn't want to have tons of happy faces on their wall?

And then there was the BMW that Jeff Koons "painted" -- it's actually a vinyl wrap on the car. It was unveiled almost exactly a year ago in Paris and so it was neat to see it here. Since 1975 BMW has periodically invited famous artists to use its cars as canvases. They include Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney.

What's neat about the car is that it looks like it's in motion even when it's still.

Too cool.

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