We often align ourselves with the snob set when it comes to covering art – hey, we’re called Prestige for a reason. But when you’re playing the Instagram game, the latest Wolfgang Tillmans photography installation or an intricate Ai Xuan ink painting might not garner you too many likes, so we’ve compiled a hit list of pieces that will earn you instant social-media street cred during Hong Kong’s art week. Just don’t pull an H&M and forget to give credit where it’s due. Copyright is king, and name-checking the creator of the piece is the best way to certify yourself not an idiot.
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Head to Galerie Gmurzynska‘s booth at Art Basel and just look for the giant stuffed giraffe. Robert Indiana is best known for his Love sculptures, which grace everything from public parks to postage stamps, and this graphic painting from the pop artist renders the same universal sentiment – but in simplified Chinese, and with a safari companion.
Over at the Two Palms booth, this subversion of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Girl with Dog by Jeff Koons is part of his Gazing Ball series, in which the celebrated artist attaches reflective blue spheres onto reproductions of famous art pieces (Mona Lisa and Klimt’s The Kiss are others who’ve been blue-balled). Take advantage of the reflective surface on the globe to work in a subtle selfie for extra points.
Over at Galerie Perrotin’s gallery space, the king of street art, Kaws, is presenting an exhibition of recent works. Pick any canvas in the space to photograph, and don’t forget to hashtag!
Some food for thought – literally – comes in the form of art advisory Consigg and artist Konstantin Bessmertny’s collaboration with the Mandarin Grill. The above piece, titled French Connections, is just one of the pieces on display at the restaurant, and provides direct inspiration for a dish on the tasting menu, which takes the form of a croque monsieur with crabmeat and truffle. The menu is available from now until the March 31, and naturally, every dish is plated to perfection and crying to be shared on Instagram. Alongside the baguette-and-boobs-toting crustacean creation, of course.
This image may look strange, but it’s actually one of the funner installation concepts you’ll find at the fair this year – and, it’s interactive. Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures allows audience members to create ephemeral sculptures by following the artist’s instructions and using props he has laid out for use. The concept actually inspired the Red Hot Chilli Peppers music video for Can’t Stop. Grab a friend and get crazy.
You wouldn’t think an artist who’s meditating on the subject of hygiene would be good Instagram fodder, but when there’s big bowls and big plates and a performance aspect to go with it in the form of a human dishwasher, there’s no way the likes won’t come fast and easy. It’s part of the Encounters large-scale installation projects that provide relief from the hundreds of booths lining the halls of the HKCEC, and will certainly be impossible to miss.