Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Contemporary, contemporary!

Went to the opening of the "International Contemporary Art Fair" here. Just curious what people would expect the meaning of "contemporary". Is it money-sexy? The same organizer did the "Art & Antiquity" fair not long ago which was regarded as "successful". Contemporary might be only understood as something now. So, these are the stuffs being sold and purchased in Hong Kong at the moment in that sense only.

To my surprise, the fine art department of the Chinese Uni took part in it as a vendor of art by students and alumi. Would it be an example how the academic institution embraces the market? When all these art fairs in Europe try to involve independent shows (with so called academic recognition) as endorsement by the star curators, we have our university art school taken over by the art fair. Anyway, I heard they sold well!

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