Cover Georges Mathieu, Abîme absolue (1990). (© Georges Mathieu / ADAGP, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin)

Sinuous sculptures crafted from steel, post-WWII abstract paintings and celebrity portraits by Annie Leibovitz are just a few of the highlights of this month's exhibitions

Mine Project—Alex Gardner: Snooze Button

Alex Gardner's velvety paintings of black figures in surreal white spaces have made him one of the most-talked about artists in America today—his work drove nearly 3% of all inquiries on pieces by emerging artists featured on Artsy fair pages in the first half of 2019. 

This exhibition at Mine Project is his first in Asia. It features a selection of his large, oil-on-canvas works, as well as a new series of works on paper. 

Until December 7. Mine Project, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai.


10 Chancery Lane Gallery—Frog King: Living Legend

A fixture of Hong Kong's art scene and a pioneer of performance art in Asia, Frog King (also known as Kwok Mang-ho) is now more than 70 years old but is still creating paintings, drawings, installations and more in his jungle hideaway in Yuen Long.   

This exhibition at 10 Chancery Lane showcases a series of new works in a range of media, including a new performance titled "Smoke of Change," which will be shown at the gallery on Thursday, November 7. 

Until January 12. G/F, 10 Chancery Lane, Soho, Central.

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David Zwirner—Carol Bove: Ten Hours

New York-based Carol Bove is well-known for sculptures that combine a variety of techniques, inspiration and material, including found objects. For her first solo exhibition in Asia, which spans two floors of the gallery, she has built on a series of collage sculptures, begun in 2016, formed with a variety of steel, including crushed steel tubing, scrap metal and discs.

November 1 to December 14. David Zwirner, 5/F and 6/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, 2119 5900.

Gagosian—John Currin

Taking inspiration from a range of sources, from old master paintings to pin-ups and B movies, American artist John Currin tackles social and sexual taboos in a satirical manner using a classic, technically skilful painting style. Since the 1980s, he has balanced the strange and the sublime, often attempting to depict weird subjects in a beautiful manner and vice versa.

November 26 to February 29. Gagosian, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central.

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Hauser & Wirth—Annie Leibovitz

The American photographer made a name for herself with her portraits of celebrities for publications including Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. This exhibition, the most comprehensive showcase of her work ever held in Asia, focuses on her early photographs.

November 22 to February 8. Hauser & Wirth, 15/F and 16/F H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central.

Perrotin—Georges Mathieu

Perrotin presents a solo show dedicated to French painter Georges Mathieu, one of the fathers of the lyrical abstraction movement in the 1940s and 50s. Rather than sticking with the geometric style of the era, he opted instead for distinct, free-flowing brushstrokes that were partly inspired by calligraphy.

November 21 to December 21. Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Rd Central, Central.

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Lehmann Maupin—Helen Pashgian

The Los Angeles-based artist, a primary member of the Light and Space movement of the 1960s, is perhaps best known for making art with industrial materials such as plastic epoxies and resins, resulting in works that appear to generate light. Her first solo exhibition in Asia, which is split between Lehmann Maupin’s Seoul and Hong Kong locations, encompasses her Column, Lens, Sphere and wall-mounted sculpture series.

November 12 to December 21. Lehmann Maupin, 407, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central.

White Cube—Al Held

Al Held was an influential American painter who is associated with both the abstract expressionist and geometric abstraction movements, but is perhaps best known for his hard-edge paintings, which see abrupt breaks between colour fields. 

This solo show at White Cube in Hong Kong is his first exhibition in Asia and his first with the gallery.

November 22 to January 4. White Cube, 50 Connaught Road, Central.

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Stephen Friedman Gallery and Ticolat Tamura—Stephan Balkenhol & Andreas Eriksson

London-based Stephen Friedman Gallery is partnering with local art dealership Ticolat Tamura to present a pop-up exhibition featuring new sculptures by German artist Stephan Balkenhol and new paintings by Swedish artist Andreas Eriksson. 

Balkenhol is showcasing four unique sculptures of anonymous human figures on tall pedestals, while Eriksson is presenting small- and medium-scale paintings alongside a sprawling new work, Semaphore Lidan, which was inspired by the forest surrounding his home on the edge of Sweden's Lake Vänern. 

November 4 to 14. Ticolat Tamura, 601 Printing House, 6 Duddell St, Central.;

Axel Vervoordt Gallery—Ryuji Tanaka

The late Ryuji Tanaka joined several pioneering art groups in 20th century Japan—including the Gutai Art Association—in an attempt to break free from traditions and find new ways of making art. 

This exhibition at Axel Vervoordt Gallery showcases works from multiple decades, revealing how his style changed over the years and how he experimented with form, size and media, notably natural mineral pigments and inks. 

Until February 1. Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 21/F Coda Designer Centre, 62 Wong Chuk Hang Road.

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