All is fair in love and art. Hence, the art world escaped New York this week and headed to Hong Kong for Art Basel. Collectistas have no time for jet lag. Instead of sleeping, I have become completely and utterly engrossed in contemporary art in China. Not to digress, but in high school, they made me take a two-and-a-half-hour math class daily in order to keep up with the Japanese people. Now, they are making my elementary-age son take one-and-a-half hours of language arts to keep up with the Chinese people. I think we would all be better off spending more time studying Asian art. While we saw a Chinese art trend last decade, this go-round appears to be the real deal. Finally, more curators, dealers, and collectors are extensively educating themselves on Chinese art and artists. If you haven’t had time to do your research, the writing was on the wall (and floors and ceiling, too) at the Rubell Family Collection at Art Basel Miami in 2013. There, they showcased several full floors worth of their favorite Chinese artists. Recently, I too have met a new generation of artists from the region. These young folks don’t practice within the confines of traditional ink, calligraphy, and “red” images. Similarly, there is a new group of Chinese collectors who is deeply intrigued by “Western” and conceptual art. International galleries have seen the climate change, and an increasing number now have a permanent presence in Hong Kong. Those who don’t have a physical space in China are acknowledging the region’s relevance in several different ways. One, of course, is showing at Art Basel Hong Kong this week. Hence, let’s preview Art Basel Hong Kong 2015, get educated with Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong’s Li Yan, see Liu Wei at the Ullens Center, meet Melanie Ouyang Lum and Yan Xing, and find the best eats while in Hong Kong.
 

Visit Art Basel Hong Kong

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Who to See in Hong Kong

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Liu Wei at Ullens Center

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Melanie Ouyang Lum in Conversation With Artist Yan Xing

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Hong Kong Fabulous Foodie Finds: Palettes and Palates

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