Art Central has kicked off in Hong Kong, a day ahead of Art Basel - positioning itself not as a rival but as a satellite showcase for less established artists, as well as some of the giants of global contemporary art.
The vibe is stylish, hip, and not a little irreverent.
With strong representation from local Hong Kong and Asian galleries, 75 galleries are exhibiting work from 21 countries, under a nifty 10,000 square metre tent erected right on Hong Kong's Central harbour front.
Art Basel may have snagged Swiss bank UBS, Audemars Piguet, Davidoff, NetJets and BMW to underwrite their party, but Art Central has lured Swarovski, J. Crew, American Express and local telecoms provider HKT into its tent. In this town that loves its luxury brands, it makes perfect sense for high end names to sponsor edgy, provocative art.
Check out some of Ballet to the People's favorite works below:
Wong Perng Fey, Distance No. 1 (Richard Koh Fine Art)
With the Hong Kong Arts Festival in full swing, attracting the world's leading performers and offering a platform to fresh, innovative local talent in theatre, music, dance and opera - just a stone's throw or short ferry ride from Art Central - Hong Kong is the happening place to be right now.
Art Central runs through March 16th in Hong Kong. (All photos courtesy Sinclair Communications.)
For another perspective on Chinese and Hong Kong protest art: Ai Weiwei @Large on Alcatraz and the art of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement.