ARTBASEL HONG KONG PREVIEW: ENCOUNTERS: 17 AMBITIOUS, LARGESCALE PROJECTS

Art Basel recently announced the 17 artworks to be presented within the Encounters sector in Hong Kong, dedicated to showing large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the world. Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Curator of the Sharjah Biennial 13, curates the sector for the inaugural edition of the Hong Kong show.

The first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will showcase 245 of the world’s leading galleries across four sectors. 50 percent of the exhibitors have spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, underscoring Art Basel’s commitment to the region. While the main sector, Galleries, will present premier established galleries from across the world, Insights is dedicated to presenting precise contextual and thematic presentations by many important artists from the art scene in Asia. The Discoveries sector will provide a platform for ART-BASEL-HK-web-banner2younger galleries and Encounters will show large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the world.

Encounters will offer a strong representation of galleries from Hong Kong, exhibited alongside projects by galleries from India, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The works will range from sculptures in traditional media such as marble, wood and bronze to installations inviting audience participation. With some reaching over five meters in height and others taking over 70 square meters of exhibition space, these major artworks will punctuate the Galleries sector, through placement on sixteen-meter wide boulevards, sited on both exhibition floors.

Arndt (Berlin) will present Circa, 2011 by Indian artist Jitish Kallat (*1974). The 120-part sculpture is painstakingly created to appear like real bamboo scaffolding, thus evoking the transitory image of Mumbai as one sees it today: caught in a state of perennial (re)development.

Jitish Kallat , Allegory of the Unfolding Sky, 2012, Oil, acrylic and pencil on canvas , 203.2 x 172.7 cm, Courtesy ARNDT Berlin and the artist

Jitish Kallat , Allegory of the Unfolding Sky, 2012, Oil, acrylic and pencil on canvas , 203.2 x 172.7 cm, Courtesy ARNDT Berlin and the artist

Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo) will display Noosphere, 2012 by Japanese artist Takuma Uematsu (*1977). The piece consists of three chandeliers made up of small pieces of brightly colored agate stone in-set with shards of mirror.

De Sarthe Gallery (Hong Kong) will present Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, an eight meter wide installation by French émigré Chinese artist Chen Zhen (1955 – 2000), created from disparate materials including metal, plexiglass, water, earth, sand, found objects and pigment. By collecting as many found objects as possible from the School of Fine Art, Paris, Chen Zhen aimed to recreate the school’s physical force for the viewer.

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm, Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm, Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Galerie Du Monde (Hong Kong) will present Losing, 2008 by Chinese artist Qin Chong (*1968). Taking over 70 square meters of exhibition space, the largest installation on display in Encounters will comprise 18 paper scrolls, each six meters high, painted with soot in intricate patterns. Continue reading

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Hong Kong’s Rich & Expansive Art Culture To Attract Global Spotlight At Inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Epicenter of Asia to Welcome Over 60,000 Key Stakeholders at Premier International Art Show(May 23-26, 2013)

As the third-largest art auction center in the world, Hong Kong continues to garner international acclaim as the art mecca of Asia, prompting the world’s most influential artists, gallerists and collectors—including the renowned Art Basel—to take notice. From May 23-26the premiere edition of Art Basel Hong Kong (www.artbasel.com/en/Hong-Kongdescribed by some as the ‘Olympics of the Art World‘—will welcome art aficionados from around the globe to immerse in the best of Asian and Western art. Featuring 245 of the world’s most influential galleries across 35 territories – half of which are from the Asia-Pacific region alone – the debut Hong Kong edition promises to deliver a dynamic amalgamation of East meets West found only in Asia’s World City. The inaugural show will be presented in four separate show sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters, and will also feature extensive opportunities for cultural enlightenment through a robust program of events, panel discussions and presentations led by the art world’s most celebrated thought leaders.

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.  (PRNewsFoto/Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board. (PRNewsFoto/Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center © Art Basel 2012

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center © Art Basel 2012

As one of only three locations to host an international contemporary art fair under the esteemed Art Basel title, Hong Kong is positioned now more than ever to become the next global art powerhouse,” said Bill Flora, U.S. Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board. “With a wide array of world-class art museums, galleries and performance venues, Hong Kong boasts a cultural landscape unlike any other city.”

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm. Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm. Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Art Basel in Hong Kong is a landmark for the city,” said Pascal and Sylvie de Sarthe, Co-founders of de Sarthe Gallery. “At the doorstep of the fastest rising art market in the world, this high quality international art fair is now on every art aficionado’s agenda.Continue reading

Porsche Introduces Fifth Generation of the 911 GT3, Celebrates 50 Years of 911 in the U.S.

Model Makes North American Debut at 2013 New York International Auto Show

The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3, a completely redeveloped fifth generation and the sportiest model of the iconic 911 family, made its North American premiere today at the 2013 New York Auto Show this past week. With an impressive sub-7 minute 30 second lap time on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, the 911 GT3 benefits from a new engine, transmission, body and chassis, resulting in a car that now sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 195 mph. The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 will go on sale in the United States in late 2013 and will be priced from $130,400, not including a $950 destination charge.

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2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (Images Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (Images Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (Images Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (Images Courtesy of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

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2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite® Makes World Debut in New York with Host of Safety Upgrades and Innovations Including HondaVAC™, the First In-Car Vacuum

The segment’s benchmark minivan cleans up with bevy of safety improvements, sleek new styling and intuitive, family-friendly technologies

The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite® is making its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), setting a new ‘ultimate family vehicle’ standard. Thoroughly refreshed for 2014, the Odyssey Touring Elite® provides core safety upgrades, sharpened exterior styling and a revised interior with a host of new features and technologies designed to make the segment’s benchmark minivan even better.

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite(R) Makes World Debut in New York.  (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite(R) Makes World Debut in New York. (PRNewsFoto/American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

Demonstrating trademark Honda innovation, the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite ®  will also mark the debut of HondaVAC, the first-ever in-vehicle vacuum system. Standard on the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite®, the all-new HondaVAC was developed in conjunction with industry-leader Shop-Vac®, and is composed of a powerful vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories neatly integrated into a dedicated space on the driver’s side bulkhead of the rear cargo area. HondaVAC makes quick cleanups a snap no matter the location, offering powerful cleaning suction and an integrated hose and cleaning attachments that reach into every corner of the Odyssey’s cabin. The HondaVAC system’s powerful electric motor never needs an outlet or recharging, can operate continuously when the engine is running, and will continue to operate for up to eight minutes when the vehicle is turned off for additional family duties. Available exclusively in the Odyssey Touring Elite® trim, the all-new HondaVAC system is part of a thorough refresh of the Honda Odyssey for the 2014 model year, adding to its already class-leading fuel economy ratings and unmatched safety ratings. The 2014 Odyssey will go on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this summer. Continue reading

2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Volkswagen Golf Declared 2013 World Car of the Year

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de'Silva poses for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de’Silva poses for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de'Silva accepts the award for the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group Walter de’Silva accepts the award for the Volkswagen Golf that was named the World Car of the Year at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2013 World Car of the Year by the World Car Awards at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car, and World Car Design of the Year trophies sit on a table before the awards are given out at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jurors pose for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf after it was named the World Car of the Year during the World Car Awards press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Jurors pose for a photo with the Volkswagen Golf after it was named the World Car of the Year during the World Car Awards press conference at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

This is the second consecutive year that Volkswagen has won the prestigious World Car of the Year title and the fourth time since 2009.  The Volkswagen Up! won in 2012, the Volkswagen Polo in 2010, and the Volkswagen Golf VI in 2009.

The Volkswagen Golf was chosen from an initial entry list of forty-two new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then four finalists:  the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the combined entry Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86 / GT 86, and the Volkswagen Golf. Continue reading

And Now There Is One…. Tesla Model S Declared 2013 World Green Car

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Tesla Model S was declared the 2013 World Green Car.

The World Green Car finalists are on display at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The World Green Car finalists are on display at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The Tesla Model S was chosen from an initial entry list of twenty-one new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three finalists:  the Tesla Model S, the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

The success of Model S is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport and we are grateful to the World Car of the Year Jury for the recognition,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors Co-founder and CEO. “Winning the 2013 World Green Car award is great acknowledgment of what Tesla has accomplished with Model S in the last four years.”

Tesla communications manager Katrina Schira, left, and vice-president of communications Sarah Meron, right, pose for a photo with the Tesla Model S after it has been named World Green Car of theYear at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Tesla communications manager Katrina Schira, left, and vice-president of communications Sarah Meron, right, pose for a photo with the Tesla Model S after it has been named World Green Car of theYear at a press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Vice-President of Communications Sarah Meron, left, poses for with Jens Meiners, right, of the World Car Steering Committee Director after the Tesla Model S has been named World Green Car of the Year at the World Car Awards press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

Vice-President of Communications Sarah Meron, left, poses for with Jens Meiners, right, of the World Car Steering Committee Director after the Tesla Model S has been named World Green Car of the Year at the World Car Awards press conference during the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo By: Michelle Siu for the World Car Awards)

The World Green Car Award is presented by Bridgestone Corporation (Japan) Mike Martini, President, Original Equipment, U.S. & Canada Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations said, “We are very pleased and honored to sponsor the 2013 World Green Car award.  The environment is everyone’s responsibility. And throughout our global family of companies, we take this responsibility very seriously.  We believe it is our mission to serve society with superior quality.Continue reading