23 – 25 March 2017
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Hauser & Wirth’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong will be anchored around its artists participating in the 57th Biennale di Venezia: Mark Bradford, who is creating a solo exhibition for the US Pavilion; Phyllida Barlow, who is representing Great Britain; and Philip Guston, who is being honoured with an exhibition at Gallerie dell’Accademia to coincide with the Biennale. The gallery’s curated art fair presentation will focus on creating distinct areas of the booth devoted entirely to each artist’s practice.
The gallery will reveal a major painting by Mark Bradford at the fair. Recognised for expansive multi-layered collage paintings that are built up in intricate layers, Los Angeles based Bradford is admired for his ability to conflate the chaos of social and political forces with a rigorous physical and conceptual approach to his canvases, which reflect the lived experience of his urban environment.
British sculptor Phyllida Barlow’s practice is grounded in an anti-monumental tradition and is concerned with the relationship between objects and the space that surrounds them. Since the late 1960s, she has focused on the physical experience of handling everyday materials such as cardboard, cement, plaster and polystyrene, which she transforms through layering, accumulation and juxtaposition.
Philip Guston is one of the great luminaries of 20th century art, whose commitment to producing work from genuine emotion and lived experience ensures its enduring impact. Guston’s legendary paintings – particularly the liberated and instinctual forms of his late work – continue to exert a powerful influence on younger generations of contemporary painters.
In a separate section of the booth, the gallery is installing a library area that will be hung with artwork by modern masters. This space will provide a unique moment of quiet within the fair and encourages visitors to explore the rich history of Hauser & Wirth Publishers titles, which contextualise the art on view.