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Jun 18 2020

Roundup from Unscheduled at Tai Kwun

by Pamela Wong

Installation view of “Unscheduled” at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong, 2020, looking down from the fair’s upper floor. Photo by HG Masters for ArtAsiaPacific.

Following the onslaught of Covid-19, art fair organizers and gallerists have been forced to adapt to the ever-changing climate. While some have moved their ventures online, others are devising smaller physical events where possible, with creative names drawing attention to the unprecedented period of time. In Hong Kong, the latest art fair aptly titled “Unscheduled” attempts to support the city’s art community through its selling and networking platform staged at art and heritage hub Tai Kwun, with 12 participating Hong Kong and international galleries.  

Organized by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association (HKAGA), the event, deemed “neither a traditional art fair, nor a museum exhibition,” is hosted in the duplex space of Tai Kwun’s neo-classical building, formerly the old police headquarters. The team collaborated with BEAU Architects to redesign the space with arched doorways connecting each booth to help instigate free-flow. However, with the fair spread over two floors, and with elevators not easily accessible behind several glass doors, it felt somewhat inconvenient for visitors to move between floors. 

Although co-curators Ying Kwok and Sara Wong explained in an earlier announcement that the booths will be loosely divided into three categories according to each artist’s approach and practice, in reality there was no clear distinction. Instead, in-depth solo presentations from each booth collectively constituted a showcase of a group of Asian artists.

Here are some of the highlights:

Whitestone Gallery (Hong Kong / Tokyo / Taipei / Karuizawa) staged abstract oil paintings by the gallery’s newly signed Japanese artist ETSU EGAMI. The series continues Egami’s prior usage of heavy strokes, depicting moments of miscommunication. All but two works shown were snatched up by local collectors on the preview day. Confusion by brushing past-2019-030, 2019, is pictured here. All photos by Pamela Wong for ArtAsiaPacific unless otherwise specified.
Whitestone Gallery (Hong Kong / Tokyo / Taipei / Karuizawa) staged abstract oil paintings by the gallery’s newly signed Japanese artist ETSU EGAMI. The series continues Egami’s prior usage of heavy strokes, depicting moments of miscommunication. All but two works shown were snatched up by local collectors on the preview day. Confusion by brushing past-2019-030, 2019, is pictured here. All photos by Pamela Wong for ArtAsiaPacific unless otherwise specified.
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Pamela Wong is ArtAsiaPacific’s assistant editor. 

Unscheduled runs until June 27, 2020, at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong.

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