In the Show – 24th April 2012

Gilbert and George

PictureGilbert & George have been working together for five decades. They are two people, one artist, they say, and have been since they first met at Saint Martins School of Art in 1967 while studying sculpture. It was with the performance, the “Singing Sculptures” in 1970 that they first exhibited their “living sculptures” concept in which they appeared as their own art work. “London Pictures” is the largest series the artist duo has yet created. The 292 pictures is a result of selection from almost 4,000 newspaper posters the two stole and collected on the streets of London over the past six years. 22 are now on show in Hong Kong as the inaugural exhibition of White Cube’s first gallery outside England. We spoke to them during their recent visit.

 

 

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Move Review: “A Dangerous Method”

The movie “A Dangerous Method” is about Carl Jung, his relationship with the great pioneer of psychology Sigmund Freud, and also his relationship with Sabina Spielrein, a patient who became his lover and later an analyst in her own right. It’s directed by David Cronenberg, who some may know better for his horror and sci-fi movies like “The Fly” and “Videodrome”, or his examinations of violence, as in “A History of Violence” and “Eastern Promises”. So how does he do with a historical biography? Gary Pollard reviews it.

 

 

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Water Poon

Water Poon is a photographer, designer, film director, and a painter. For a long time he’s been interested in the colours blue and white, and they are featured in his latest exhibition of paintings in the “Lotus” series at Art Beatus Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

PictureIn the Studio – Mouron

The French singer Mouron was born in Marseille and began writing her own songs or “chansons” at 12, influenced by such great artists as Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel. She performed in the famous music hall L’Olympia in Paris when she was just 17. In 1995, she met the German cabaret star-pianist Terry Truck. Since then they have given numerous successful performances in France and around the world. At the end of March, Mouron was in Hong Kong giving six days of master classes. This week she’s back to give a concert on Monday and Tuesday, and she and Terry are in our studio to perform Edith Piaf’s “Hymne A L’Amour”..

In the Show – 17th April 2012

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Art Activism

You could be forgiven for thinking that property developers rule Hong Kong. New developments often remove much of what makes an area interesting in the first place. The non-profit art organization Wooferten is currently examining ways for one area, Yau Ma Tei, to defend its own identity from developers in the Yaumatei Self-Rescue Project and Demonstration Exhibition.

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Movie Review – “Shame”

British film director Steve McQueen began his career as a video artist, making short videos for art galleries. He even wn the Turner Prize within just five years of leaving art school. With his movies “Hunger” and now “Shame” he has entered more mainstream cinema. “Shame”, which is showing at local cinemas this week, starts Michael Fassbender as a man who is a sex addict, and Carey Mulligan as the sister who intrudes herself into his domestic arrangements. Gary Pollard reviews it.

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Comix and the City


The comic book illustrator can create whole worlds. He or she can also create fantasy characters that could exist anywhere in the universe, or might not exist at all except in the imagination. But at the Hong Kong Arts Centre right now the exhibition “Comix & The City” is showing just how much comic book creators draw on, and love, their own city.

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In the Studio – Pianist Javier Perianes

On Thursday Spanish pianist Javier Perianes is performing at City Hall. Born in 1978, Javier is already considered one of Spain’s most exciting young artists, and has been called “the poet of the piano. He’s with us in the studio to talk about the concert, and to play Manuel de Falla’s “Andaluz”.

In the Show – 10th April 2012

Artists and Politics

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Art and politics are not always comfortable bedfellows, but many of Hong Kong’s artists are feeling increasingly frustrated that they do not have a political voice. They do not think legislator Timothy Fok represents them at all, and many are not even allowed to vote in their own functional constituency. They say the artists’ lack of a political voice was also shown in the Chief Executive election. Fourteen cultural sector representatives on the election committee, who came into office uncontested, openly supported Leung Chun-ying in the last few days of the Chief Executive Election.The artists say there was no attempt at consultation. And they are worried about suggestions for the setting up of a cultural bureau.
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Four Sculptors

At the Gagosian Gallery you can currently see works by four of the most important 20th century sculptors, three from the United States and one from Austria. Robert Rauschenberg liked to pick up trash, or even car parts, from the streets of New York, which he made into bold paintings or freestanding sculptures. Cy Twombly took more simple materials and found objects, which he coated in white gesso. He also cast some into bronze sculptures to give them a greater sense of permanence. John Chamberlain liked to use discarded automobile-body parts and other modern industrial scraps. Some of his sculptures were first shaped in mechanical car crushers, and then worked on by hand. And Austrian artist Franz West encourages viewers to interact with his work, which is designed to turn neutral spaces into an artistic environment. His pieces include unusual furniture designs and collages that blur the borders between art and life.

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Movie Review – “Man on a Ledge”

“Man on a Ledge” is about a former New York police detective Nick Cassidy (played by Sam Worthington) who has been framed for stealing from a New York millionaire.He escapes from prison, and – as the movie begins – climbs out of a window in the Roosevelt Hotel, and on to a ledge some 200 feet above 45th Street. The idea is that climbing out on to that ledge will distract everyone from the fact that just across the street his brother and his brother’s girlfriend are carrying out a heist to help prove his innocence. Gary Pollard reviews it.

PictureKorean Art Boom

Even people who don’t know much about Korea or its history may well have watched at least one Korean TV show like”Dae Cheung Kam” or “Jewel in the Palace”, seen a Korean movie like “My Sassy Girl” or “Old Boy”, or listened to so-called K-pop. There’s a lot of creativity in Korea, and it’s not only in popular art and media. South Korea’s artists are now beginning to get more and more popular with auction houses and art buyers, both in their own country and internationally.

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Studio Performance – Violinist Euna Kim and pianist Evelyn Chang

On Wednesday 18th April, at the University of Hong Kong’s Loke Yew Hall, violinist Euna Kim and pianist Evelyn Chang will be playing the work of one of the most celebrated classical music composers of the 20th century, Alfred Schnittke. Evelyn and Euna are in the studio to tell us more about the concert.

In the Show – 3rd April 2012

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Many of us know William Shakespeare. ‘s most famous plays such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “Macbeth”, “Othello”, and “King Lear”. But not so many know “Titus Andronicus”, which some consider his bloodiest and most violent work. Historically, there.s been controversy about its authorship and quality. Now, Hong Kong audiences have a chance to encounter this tragedy of revenge at the Hong Kong Arts Festival as local theatre director Tang Shu-wing directs it for the third time.

PictureFashion Show “五 DUN 5”

Fashion Farm Foundation is a local non-government organisation that hopes to bring together different parties such as designers, landlords, and publications. It’s aim is to improve and promote Hong Kong branding. Last week the group organized a fashion show in Lai Chi Kok. During the show, called “五 DUN 5” local designers transformed trucks into concept stores to show their designs.

 

 

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Callum Innes Paintings

At the Edouard Malingue Gallery until 21st April you can see the first Asian solo Exhibition by the renowned Scottish artist Callum Innes.Callum’s considered one of the most important abstract painters of his generation. He creates his works through a complex process of applying and then removing paint. It can take days, weeks, or months, and the final result is often very calm and meditative.

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In the Studio – Hong Kong Saxophone Ensemble

In our studio, six members of the Hong Kong Saxophone Ensemble talk to us about their debut concert, and play “Schwarzer Tänzer” (Black Dancer) by Nigel Wood