Encounters 2016 wrap up - Art Collector

Installation view featuring the works of Indonesian artist collective Tromarama, New York based artist Lawrence Weiner and Filipino artist Roberto Chabet

Alexie Glass-Kantor, executive director of Artspace, Sydney curated the Encounters at Art Basel Hong Kong for the second year running. This year Encounters presented 16 artworks by artists from 12 countries and territories including Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mainland China, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Each year Encounters shows artworks on an institutional scale, presenting large-scale sculptural and installation pieces sited in prominent locations throughout the fair. Features work by Brook Andrew, Charles Avery, Hans Berg and Nathalie Djurberg, Roberto Chabet, Chen Zhen, Isa Genzken, Kyungah Ham, Arik Levy, Peter Liversidge, Richard Maloy, Tintin Wulia, Tromarama, Keiji Uematsu, Lawrence Weiner, Pae White and Zhang Ding.

Glass-Kantor reduced the presentation to just 16 works, proving the old adage "Less is more" when it came this year's install. The number of exhibits was capped at 16 so artists and their galleries could be more ambitious in their presentations. This year’s edition included five site-specific installations and six artworks that premiered at Encounters, including works by Brook Andrew, Isa Genzken, Arik Levy, Richard Maloy, Lawrence Weiner, Tintin Wulia and Zhang Ding.

Of the exhibit, Glass-Kantor remarked: "I’m delighted that this year, close collaborations with the participants have resulted in a number of works that will be premiering at Art Basel, as well as site-specific works that have been created as a direct response to exploring what an encounter is or could become."

Art Collector's snapshot highlights from the fair can be seen below

Australian artist Brook Andrew and his installation Building (Eating) Empire, 2016.

Auckland-based Starkwhite’s presentation of a site- specific installation Yellow Structure, 2016 by New Zealand artist Richard Maloy.

Korean artist Kyungah Ham's artwork series Chandeliers for Five Cities, 2016. Presented by Kukje Gallery of Seoul and Tina Kim Gallery of New York.

German artist Isa Genzken's Schauspieler (Actors) series. Schauspieler III, 1 was created in 2015 and comprises elaborately outfitted mannequins holding an array of props and accessories. Presented by David Zwirner, with spaces in New York and London.

Jessa Melicor

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