Top Art Shows in Hong Kong this Week: NI Youyu to Awol Erizku | BLOUIN ARTINFO
Louise Blouin Media
Louise Blouin Media, Inc.
88 Laight Street
New York
Blouin Artinfo

Subscriber login

Articles Remaining

Get access to this story, and every story on any device with our Basic Digital subscription.

Subscribe for only $20 Log in

Top Art Shows in Hong Kong this Week: NI Youyu to Awol Erizku

Reflection - Hong Kong Central, 2018, Lu Xinjian, Acrylic on canvas, 130 x 100 cm
(Courtesy of the artist and de Sarthe Gallery)

From Chinese artist Ni Youyu’s solo exhibition at Perrotin to installation artist Pascale Marthine Tayou first show in Asia at Pearl Lam Galleries. Blouin Artinfo curates a list of must-see art shows for its readers:


Ni Youyu’s “So Near Yet So Far” at Perrotin

May 24 through July 14, 2018

This is the first solo exhibition of work by the Chinese artist Ni Youyu in Hong Kong, displaying 12 works that show the artist’s range, turning and distorting traditional approaches to Chinese landscape painting in surprising and original ways. “At the heart of Ni’s creative process is a displacement of social modalities such as identity, nationality, race, and class,” the gallery says. “The subjects in his work, be they constellations or dust, collectively embody life (and death) within the universe. Essentially, Ni is interested in tracing the fundamental cognizance that conditions and makes accessible the interplay between antiquity and modernity, between the Chinese and the West.”

 “Boogie Woogie” by Lu Xinjian at de Sarthe Gallery

May 19 through July 7, 2018

The title of the exhibition is drawn from artist Piet Mondrian's famous work “Broadway Boogie Woogie," 1942-‘43. Artist Lu Xinjian’s first solo presentation in Hong Kong features unseen works from his three series of paintings “City DNA,” “City Stream,” and “Reflections.” It is Mondrian's painting that inspired the artist to create his series. Xinjian’s works decode the complexities of a number of metropolises by using simple lines and color blocks. His paintings depict the increasing globalization and homogenization in our societies, the gallery says.

Awol Erizku’s “慢慢燃燒 Slow Burn” at Ben Brown Fine Arts

May 18 through July 7, 2018

This is Ethiopian-American artist Awol Erizku’s first solo exhibition in Asia, and the first to focus solely on his neon artworks. The show, consisting of seven new light works, reflects the history and significance of neon signage in Hong Kong’s streets and skyline. Erizku produced a “conceptual mix-tape” specifically for “Slow Burn.”“Powerful, culturally symbolic imagery which is recurring in Erizku's oeuvre, such as the Black Panther, the bust of Nefertiti, and Erizku's iconic hand and rose are combined with potent phrases in Chinese characters such as 'Black Panther', 'Black Power' and 'Black Love', respectively,” the gallery says. “Erizku has been inspired and triggered by the visual impact and cultural history of Hong Kong during his visits to Asia over the last year, which have been equal parts cultural exchange and artistic interaction with local craftsmen.”

“Nylonkong Dreams” by Pascale Marthine Tayou at Pearl Lam Galleries

18 May through 7 July 2018

The Belgium-based Pascale Marthine Tayou, an installation artist of Cameroonian descent, has his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The title of the exhibition is shorthand for New York, London, and Hong Kong and refers to these three leading metropolises as centers that share similar economic and cultural traits. “For Tayou, these metropolises signify the crossroads for our civilization whereby many personal dreams can be realized,” the gallery writes. “This boundless idealism, in fact, sets the pace for other cities to follow. If the growth of these global cities is dependent on their ability to exert greater economic control over a larger geographic spread, whose city is it becoming? Does the majority of the population situated outside of this economic equation have any real influence on the future of where they live?”

In this show, Tayou uses a number of art objects from the past and juxtaposes them with local industrial materials and creates a panoramic visual narrative across the gallery space.


“Loie Hollowell: Switchback” at Pace Gallery

On view through May 31, 2018

The show features nine new paintings and nine new works on paper by the New York-based artist Loie Hollowell, reflecting the artist’s continued investigations of bodily landscapes and sacred iconography especially through women’s bodies. “Drawing inspiration from artists like Agnes Pelton, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Judy Chicago, Hollowell’s works abstract the most intimate and sexually explicit parts of the human body into primal shapes that reoccur frequently throughout art history, such as the mandorla and the lingam,” the gallery writes. “The use of these primal, familiar shapes, which originate from the body, instill her paintings and drawings with an intrinsically accessible nature. Each work exists as a pure, self-contained sexual object, and the works share a unifying theatrical and visually stimulating form.”

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.

Founder: Louise Blouin