after the financial tsunami in 2008, investors have identified that art, jewelry and wine may have more enduring values than a lot of asset classes and that is why – people like us who live in hong kong must always take advantage of the annual art hk. funnily enough, the first time i went for art hk three years ago, it was sponsored by lehman brothers and since then another tier 1 german bank had taken over the title of lead sponsorship. well, hopefully similar fate won’t befall them as well. but then again, nothing is built to last.
hong kong don’t do a lot of things well these days. the film industry is limping along.. the entertainment business is now dominated by lack lustre stars who are usually offsprings of rich folks. finding a true star is like trying to find a speck of gold in a sack of sand and that is why if you are not in either financial, consultancy, accountancy, real estate or the legal industry – it is very hard to make a good living in this town.
but art hk is a very well done affair. it has always been very well done and the scale is growing by the year. everybody knows that asia is the pot of gold and that is why art galleries the world over come to hawk their best pieces. also there is that obsession of trying to find that next big thing.. and many believe the next big thing will come from asia.
i can’t afford any of these pieces nor have the eye to detect who is the next big thing. neither am i influential enough to proclaim, there you go – this is hot shit. i don’t care about any of it. to me, i love art. it is one of those reasons that make living worth living..
i respect a lot of artists because they only usually become big after they die. to produce something beautiful, they may have to endure a lifetime of pain,aloofness and suffering..tough.
art holds a very special meaning to me because of its texture, it holds a point of view and when things become too difficult to articulate via words, you need to find a way to convey and represent it. there is no right or wrong in art. today when so many people have an issue about everything and use words that you speak against you; art is potentially still an expression held in its most untainted form.
the next art hk will be in february 2012.. can’t wait.. it was an entire day well-spent.. tiring walking aisle to aisle but looking at all these beautiful things really makes me 🙂