Highlights from Art Basel Hong Kong

Highlights from Art Basel Hong Kong

Mandi Lennard offers her selection of the most thought-provoking pieces from this year's Art Basel Hong Kong.

Mandi Lennard offers her selection of the most thought-provoking pieces from this year's Art Basel Hong Kong.

Photography: MANDI LENNARD

This year's diverse offerings at Art Basel Hong Kong evoked an array of equally diverse emotions; irrefutable joy at being slapped in the face by the big cheesy grin emanating from Yue Minjun's "Untitled (Smile-ism No. 16)" at Pace Gallery; the embracing quality of  the subliminal disfigurement of Angela De la Cruz's "Scar (Red)" at Galerie Krinzinger Vienna and Sterling Ruby's "Hot Scar" at Taka Ishii Gallery. And then there were the more quizzical pieces, which seemed somehow intertwined; the toothy warped smile of George Condo's "Nun and Priest" at Skarstedt Gallery makes one wonder if the nun has taken a bite out of Erwin Wurm's "Boxhandschuh" at Konig Galerie, it’s patinated bronze surface missing a chunk. Among the most last impressions was that left by Ugo Rondinone’s "dritterjanuarzweitausendundsiebzehn" at Kukje Gallery, which packs a beaming beacon of a punch. Of course, as with all art, these responses are subjective.

See my sampling of some of the aforementioned works in the slideshow below.

Erwin Wurm ‘Boxhandschuh’ 2016 at Konig Galerie

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