Hong Kong is the undisputed art capital of China, and the scene is only growing. To find you the most innovative and compelling artists in the game, Absolut Art once again partnered with curator Samantha Culp, who has truly immersed herself in the region’s culture.
The arrival several years ago of the Art Basel Hong Kong fair (which acquired the existing ArtHK) secured the city’s establishment as a market center for the region, and major international galleries like David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Pace have recently joined local stalwarts like Pearl Lam and Hanart TZ. What’s more, for those interested in art outside the white-cube gallery, street art has a major presence here, with murals by titans like Shepard Fairey and Banksy as well as regional stars like South Korean artist Xeva.
Samantha Culp, now based in Los Angeles, is an expert on the Chinese scene, having previously lived there for a decade. She’s truly a multiple threat. She’s been a contributing editor to the Chinese art magazine LEAP (艺术界) since it was founded in 2009, as well as writing articles for the New York Times T Magazine and other publications. She’s worked on brand strategy with giants like Apple and AirBnB, and produced the lauded Netflix series “The Confession Tapes.” She’s also a curator, mounting exhibitions and events for institutions like the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. She’s also the visual consultant for the forthcoming film adaptation of Hao Jingfang’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novella “Folding Beijing.”