By David Clarke
The publication brings jointly a chain of essays approximately artwork in Hong Kong written during the last ten years, with the purpose of delivering a private chronicle of the Hong Kong paintings global in the course of a time of significant change.
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I am thinking here of the environmental and site-specific works of artists such as Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Christo, and Richard Serra. 2. See Clement Greenberg, 'Modernist Painting', in C. Harrison and P. ), Art in Theory, Oxford, 1992, pp. 754-60, for the most concise expression of Greenberg'S formalist theory of modern art's development. He sees art since Impressionism as becoming increasingly concerned with an acknowledgement of its intrinsic formal properties, most particularly flatness.
36 Photography, Art, Life The following essay was my text for the catalogue of One Day in Hong Kong, a photographic exhibition held at the Arts Centre from December 1990 to January 1991. As with In Search of Aft, I developed my initial conception in dialogue with Oscar Ho. It can be seen as a further attempt to produce an exhibit which would allow expression of cultural identity, and which would embody the principle of cultural democracy. Those were the main ways in which this project differed from previous ones involving a series of photos taken on the same day.
Those possibilities are particularly needed in Hong Kong because the commercial art market (while it does a good trade in antiques or in foreign art of a largely decorative nature) is with few exceptions uninterested in supporting challenging contemporary local art. Furthermore, when a non-commercial art venue such as the Hong Kong Arts Centre wishes to put on an exhibition of such art it finds commercial sponsorship difficult to attract. Sponsors expect an economic return from the association of their business with culture, and adventurous local visual art is of course less able to provide this than, say, a prestigious visiting performing arts company.
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