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What is Going on at Art Basel Hong Kong?

by Michael Anthony Farley on March 24, 2016
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If you ask someone how the art market is doing in Hong Kong, get ready for an earful. We’re unfortunately not in town for Art Basel, so we can’t speak to that topic first-hand. But as a person with internet access, I’ve been bombarded with more contradictory facts and opinions (let’s be honest, mostly opinions) about the state of the unstable Chinese economy, the tastes of the Asian art market, and the manic-depressive cycles of art fair outlooks than I ever thought I’d need to know.

Below, we’ve aggregated some of the uneven reporting on Art Basel Hong Kong, including some quotes from director Adeline Ooi and other industry experts, to get a better idea of just what China’s market troubles mean for the art world:

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Johnny Rogers on Pyongyang Apple Store

by Michael Anthony Farley on January 6, 2016
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Artist Johnny Rogers has turned to social media for product development ideas. These crowd-sourced designs will be unveiled next month at his bootleg “Pyongyang Apple Store” inside Current Gallery.

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Disney and Despotism: Why Governments Buy North Korean Art

by Henry Kaye on September 2, 2014
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As of 2011, North Korea has earned $160 million in commissions from international governments to build and export colossal sculptures. These monuments, with their smooth unwrinkled hands, joyous smiles, and innocent demeanor cover up humanitarian catastrophes with a hokey grin. Thus is the aesthetic of Disney Despotism.

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