The art of seeing

Updated 2019-04-01 15:44:00

For Art Month in Hong Kong, we've curated a best-of list of aesthetic splendour

DAVID ZWIRNER

Neo Rauch: Propaganda

One of the hot tickets of this fair is no stranger to the city. David Zwirner has invited German artist Neo Rauch to his H Queen's gallery to stage the artist's debut solo presentation in Asia, Propaganda, which features 15 new paintings; eight are large-scale canvases and seven are smaller, more intimately scaled works. The Leipzig-based artist, who Zwirner is bringing for the second time to Art Basel in Hong Kong, is rightly heralded for his ability to combine the traditions of figurative painting with surrealism in forging a new kind of dreamlike, ambiguous visual language in painting. As such, he has developed a strong collector base in China. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring a short story by novelist and playwright Daniel Kehlmann. (March 26–May 4)

SPRÜTH MAGERS

Eau de Cologne

In what's a huge statement for women's contributions to art, international gallery Sprüth Magers stages a new iteration of its exhibition Eau de Cologne in Hart Hall at H Queen's, marking the first presentation in Asia of this celebrated project, which debuted in the 1980s. Eau de Cologne began as a series of exhibitions and publications, organised by Monika Sprüth between 1985 and 1993, which sought to create a new dialogue around contemporary art. The exhibitions introduced a select group of young female artists, representing powerful attitudes and practices, and established a discourse around art, feminism and power that continues to be profoundly relevant. Their work tackled questions of authority, messaging and influence in society in subtle and expansive ways. This chapter features prominent luminaries including Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Astrid Klein, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman, Rosemarie Trockel and Kara Walker. (March 27–April 12)

PACE GALLERY

Mary Corse

Acclaimed American artist Mary Corse gets her first exhibition in Asia through Pace Gallery at H Queen's, and will show eight newly painted works that play to her strengths – perception, properties of light and ideas of abstraction. Corse uses glass microspheres (like those embedded in paint on roads that make the white lines glow when struck by car headlights) in a limited palette of black, white and red acrylic paint to create simple geometric configurations that take on greater-than-conventional luminescence. As a result, Corse's work doesn't simply represent light; it embodies, refracts, shifts and tilts it, depending on the viewer's position and movement. (March 25–May 11)

DOUBLE UP

Lee Bul

Korean artist Lee Bul continues to ride on the coattails of her hugely successful three-floor show at London's Hayward Gallery last summer. At Art Basel in Hong Kong, she will bring her stunning zeppelin to Encounters and will show Perdu from her recent Untitled series in the Kabinett section through Lehmann Maupin. Her retrofuturistic imagery is rooted in biology, but she collages materials such as human hair with acrylic shards, crystals and dried flowers to broaden these concepts beyond the individual body. The resulting forms reveal the intrinsic tension that exists within fragmentation, and within utopian idealism and the reality of its resulting ruin. The unfinished state she alludes to in these pieces is a reference to the persistent human drive to find a sense of "completeness". Both series are united in their exploration of structural systems, from the individual body to larger architectural frameworks, which have become a hallmark of her oeuvre. (March 29–31)

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