This week in China kicked off the first edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, the world's most famed art fair that has already taken over Basel, Switzerland in June each year and Miami in December. This particular edition focuses primarily on Asia and Asia-Pacific galleries, given us at Juxtapoz a chance to see new talent and new artists that we have yet to see in person. Yesterday, we took a walk through the first floor of the Hong Kong EXPO center.
There was a ton of interesting things to see, but for us, we always like seeing some familiar faces in context with more abstract, sculptural, or installation works. And this edition of Art Basel was heavy on the installation, text-based work. Interesting enough, though, it was pieces by the likes of Mr (above), Marnie Weber, KAWS, Murakami, Barbara Kruger and George Condo that really stood out.
Our takeaway from the first day was that Indonesian and Indian galleries have some very interesting, exciting talent on the horizon, works that would make any pop-surrealist proud of their international reach.
Art Basel Hong Kong is on display through May 26, 2013.
Here is our walkthrough in pictures... —Evan Pricco