Cover Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo's Elaeis #5, 2021, Photo: Roh Projects

More than 130 galleries from 28 countries are taking part in Art Basel, which runs from May 27 to 29 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Here are ten booths to look out for

Lehmann Maupin

Bringing a taste of its South Korean gallery program to Hong Kong, Lehmann Maupin will showcase works by artists who have exhibitions in their newly renovated gallery in Hannam-dong, Seoul, which opened in March earlier this year.
 
A highlight in particular includes a new painting by Lari Pittman from his Opaque, Translucent and Luminous series, which formed part of the artist’s solo exhibition at the gallery’s new Seoul location in March. Comprised of minute details, intricate patterns and layered symbols, Pittman’s vibrant paintings are almost like puzzles, each detail a visual cue part of a larger narrative.
 
Works by McArthur Binion, Tom Friedman, Catherine Opie, Alex Prager will also be on view.

Lehmann Maupin has galleries in New York, London and Seoul.

Nova Contemporary

Bangkok-based Nova Contemporary is back for the second time after debuting at Art Basel Hong Kong in 2019. This year, the gallery will be exhibiting a three-part installation entitled River Kwai: This Memorial Service was Held in the Memory of the Deceased (2022) by young Thai artist Saroot Supasuthivech at the fair’s Discoveries sector. A sculpture, installation and film document and challenge historical narratives, inspired by a light-sound show and festival in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Initially the collective work appears to be a memorial service honouring the diseased, but it actually serves as metaphorical commentary on Thailand’s current socio-political climate.

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Clearing

Most recently seen at the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale in Cecilia Alemani’s Milk of Dream exhibition, Marguerite Humeau’s surrealist sculptures and works on paper will now be on view at Clearing gallery’s booth. Mythology forms the core of the French artist’s practice, and she draws from a range of sources, including sci-fi fantasy and ancient mythology, to create works which explore mysteries of human existence.

In 2023, Humeau will have a solo show at Atelier Hermès, Fondation d’Entreprise Hermes, Seoul, KR. Her work is part of the MoMa New York, Tate London, and Centre Pompidou Paris’ collections.

Clearing has locations in New York, Brussels and Beverly Hills.

Kukje Gallery

Seoul-based Kukje’s presentation at this year’s fair will include works by Dansaekhwa masters including Park Seo-Bo and Ha Chong-Hyun, and Korean post-war abstractionists Kwon Young-Woo and Kim Yong-Ik.
 
Notably, the presentation will include a work on paper by acclaimed and pioneering female artist Wook-kyung Choi. In creating her signature interpretation of abstract expressionism, she influenced a generation of future artists.

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon staged a retrospective exhibition on Choi, and three of her works were included as part of a Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s Women in Abstraction exhibition.

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Proyectos Monclova

For their second time at Art Basel Hong Kong, Mexico City gallery Proyectos Moclova will present works by Eduardo Terrazas, Gabriel de la Mora and Edgar Orlaineta.

De la Mora extensively collects and catalogues everyday found objects and creates geometric assemblages by arranging them in new contexts. Terrazas, considered a founding member of the contemporary Mexican art scene, fuses traditional craft and contemporary art techniques in his colourful geometric creations. Orlaineta presents design objects outside their contexts by taking away their functions. He also incorporates found objects and craft techniques in his assemblages and interventions.

Nukaga Gallery

Nukaga Gallery will be presenting works by Yuki Katsura and Atsuko Tanaka, two avant-garde female Japanese artists, whose work was underrated for the majority of their lifetimes.  

Born in post-war Japan, Katsura’s practice reflects a shift as seen by pre- and post-war Japan. She began making collages at 17 in one of the earliest examples of collage art in Japan. She founded Nika Kyushitsu-kai, one of the earliest avant-garde art groups in Japan, and her work was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

Tanaka was a member of the Gutai Group, and is best known for her Electric Dress, a dress composed entirely of light bulbs in all shapes and colours which the artist herself wore as a performance piece. Her lesser-known paintings will be on view at the gallery’s booth.

Nukaga is in Tokyo, Osaka and London.

David Zwirner

For this year’s presentation, David Zwirner will focus on new works by younger artists from the gallery’s programme, including Lisa Yuskavage, Marcel Dzama and Oscar Murillo, who have each had solo exhibitions at the gallery’s Hong Kong location.

Also on view at the booth are works by Katherine Bernhardt, Nate Lowman, R. Crumb, Stan Douglas, Dan Flavin, Raymond Pettibon, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Franz West and Jordan Wolfson.

The gallery is in Hong Kong, London, New York and Paris.

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Roh Projects

Jakarta-based Roh projects will present a number of artists from their roster including Aditya Novali, Davy Linggar, Tromarama and Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo.

Sunaryo is known for the unique process by which he creating rich pigments by combining unconventional materials, namely palm oil with resin, exemplified by his painting Elaeis #5 (2021), which will be on view at the booth. The artist punctures the surface of the paintings, developing a deeply layered surface. His use of palm oil is noteworthy, as the controversial material carries socio-political connotations within Southeast Asia.

François Ghebaly

After staging a solo exhibition of Jessie Makinson’s work at the Los Angeles gallery in early 2021, the François Ghebaly gallery is bringing a her new body of work to including a large of a large-scale diptych painting. The highly detailed paintings feature a range of whimsical characters conceived by the artist, some of which are animal-human hybrids or strange beasts. The scenes Makinson creates are brimming with activity and filled with historical and literary references ranging from ancient folklore to pop culture. These details and motifs are magnified in smaller paintings, which will also be on view at the booth. 

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Hauser & Wirth

For this year's Art Basel, Hauser & Wirth will be showcasing works by a selection of their gallery artists. Highlights include a new bronze sculpture by William Kentridge, coinciding with his solo exhibition at the gallery's Hong Kong space (on view until 29 May). New works by George Condo, Camille Henrot, Pierre Huyghe, and Zeng Fanzhi will also be on view. 

Visitors will get the chance to see a rare tapestry by Cindy Sherman, as well as a whimsical sculpture made of found objects by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, who will be opening a solo exhibition at Tai Kwun's JC Contemporary this summer. 

The presentation also features works by Rita Ackermann, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Matthew Day Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Tetsumi Kudo, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Takesada Matsutani, Paul McCarthy, Pipilotti Rist, Gary Simmons, Avery Singer, Henry Taylor, and Keith Tyson.

The Swiss gallery is in 13 locations across the world, including its headquarters in Zurich, as well as Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles.

 

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