Artists and Politics
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.
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.
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.
Korean 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.
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.