HONG KONG ART FAIR 2011, HK FESTIVAL EXHIBIT OF FAMOUS ARTISTS. YOSHITOMO NARA, TAKASHI MURAKAMI, WARHOL.
Can you tell I had fun at the media preview of the 2011 Hong Kong Art Fair? Take my hand and I’ll show you my favorites, from Japanese pop art to million dollar paintings by Warhol and Picasso.
On the road to the HK Convention Centre in Wan Chai…
Cute panda baby t-shirt dress: gifted from A Bros (Seba and I are working with this Hong Kong brand — more soon!)
Faux fur jacket: Veeko, from a Hong Kong shop
Lace skirt: Spider, a Mongkok (Hong Kong) Goth Lolita shop
Wolf purse: gifted from Iron Fist
Closeup on my makeup: blend, baby, blend. Thick fake eyelashes make the eyes pop. I use creamy white eyeliner to highlight the inner and outer corners of the eyes.
International galleries set up exhibitions in the main hall. The iconic LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana always makes me smile.
Some works that caught my eye: Ziggy Stardust submerged in flowers, glittery panda bears, a dysfunctional cat family.
This painting represents how I felt, browsing over 260 gallery spaces in the giant hall.
To my delight, there was plenty of Japanese pop art.
Pop quiz: can anyone name this artist? Love the kawaii anime girls and animals.
I always wanted to be one of Yoshitomo Nara’s devious little girls.
Basil Farrow can cosplay as this Nara tiger.
Murakami’s cheery flowers.
The upper floors had works by new artists, and solo exhibits by artists of Asian origin.
Left: funny bunnies from Mother’s Tankstation, a contemporary visual art gallery in Dublin. Right: the rabbit opens up, flashes lights, and gives off steam.
The “Play” sign resonates with me. Art doesn’t need to be a hoity-toity experience. You can take part in the works; enjoy them in your own weird way.
Asia’s art market is booming, and the Hong Kong Art Fair was a bedazzling ride. Do check it out next year, if you have the chance.
Do you like art festas? What catches your eye? Got any favorite artists? I welcome you to leave links to their sites in the comments.
Song of the Day: Images – Love Emotion (classic synthpop/Euro hit from 1986)