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May 25 2020

A Global Spectrum of Styles at Asia Society’s Sculpture Show

by Ashlyn Chak and Charmaine Kong

RASHEED ARAEEN’s Hong Kong Blues (2018), a cobalt-blue geometric complex made of stainless steel, was commissioned for the city’s Harbour Arts Sculpture Park in 2018. Araeen’s lattice-cube structures are representative of the artist’s abstract geometric style, which reflects both his formal training in civil engineering and his response to American Minimalism. All photos by Ashlyn Chak and Charmaine Kong for ArtAsiaPacific.

Hosted by the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK) and co-organized with the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA), the six-month-long Sculpture Exhibition comprises 21 works scattered throughout the leafy, oasis-like premises. Devised in the wake of mass event cancellations due to Covid-19, the exhibition showcases for-sale sculptures offered by 18 galleries. Here’s a peek at some of the sculptures on view across ASHK’s indoor and open-air areas. 

An allegory of migration, Nostalgia (2013) is a cast of Cuban sculptor YOAN CAPOTE’s suitcase used during a trip to New York, the interior space of which is packed with bricks sourced from Manhattan. The wall alludes to the weight of the past and the impossibility of return, evoking the bittersweet experience of immigrants.
An allegory of migration, Nostalgia (2013) is a cast of Cuban sculptor YOAN CAPOTE’s suitcase used during a trip to New York, the interior space of which is packed with bricks sourced from Manhattan. The wall alludes to the weight of the past and the impossibility of return, evoking the bittersweet experience of immigrants.
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Ashlyn Chak and Charmaine Kong are editorial interns of ArtAsiaPacific 

The "ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibitionis on view at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center until September 27, 2020.

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