Monday, August 29

Ai Weiwei at Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris

Ai Weiwei will have his first solo exhibition in a Parisian gallery this fall when Galerie Max Hetzler presents a range of recent works that underline the Chinese artist’s use of traditional materials, such as wood, porcelain, marble, and jade,  and his ‘appropriation’ of traditional Chinese material and objects.

On view will be “Tree Trunk,” 2015, a continuation of his Tree series that he started in 2009, assembling pieces of wood to form majestic tortuous trees akin to abstract paintings. The four-meter-tall “Tree Trunk” is made in cast iron that has been left to oxidize, giving it a particular red hue.

Contemporary Ink Auction at Sotheby’s Oct 4

Liu Guosong, Blue Moon Landscape
 Demand for contemporary ink artworks has been rising in the last three years and Sotheby’s is dedicating an auction to the subject matter on October 4.

7 Must-See Exhibitions in Hong Kong This September

Sam Francis 1923-1994
Hong Kong galleries are presenting a very strong lineup this fall, with solo exhibitions by Anish Kapoor, Danh Vō, and Tsang Kin-Wah amongst the highlights.

Here is my selection of seven must-see exhibitions.

Wednesday, August 24

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang launches on Netflix October 14

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald's “Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received rave reviews for offering an interesting insight into the world of the Chinese conceptual artist who is best known for his use of gunpowder and fireworks to create spectacularly visual artworks deeply anchored in Chinese traditions.

The documentary will now be launched on Netflix on October 14 and will also open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles.

Learn the Magic of Painting with Takashi Murakami at Galerie Perrotin

“A picture of lives wriggling in the forest at the deep end of the universe” / “Portrait of Shennong” / “Lion seated on its throne” 2015
Offering more than 40 recent works, some never seen before, including include an entirely new series of diptychs and triptychs inspired by the work of mid-20th century master Francis Bacon, Takashi Murakami will soon take over Galerie Perrotin’s three exhibition spaces in Paris with a new solo exhibition: “Learning the Magic of Painting.”

Monday, August 22

T.O.P Calls on Friends for his guest-curated auction at Sotheby’s

Photographer: Hong Jang Hyun. Photo Production: Gary So @ Mad Carrot Production
Paik Nam June, Fat Boy, 1997, Estimate: HK$3,500,000 – 4,500,000 / US$ 449,000 – 577,500

Korean rapper and actor Choi Seung-hyun, aka T.O.P has worked with Sotheby’s to guest-curate an evening sale of Western and Asian contemporary art in Hong Kong taking place on October 3.