Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hong Kong Comes On Strong: ART HK 11 + Breakfast Sandwich using "The Queen of Cheeses" Brie

Review of the art fair: 
Asia’s preeminent Art Fair and one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the international art calendar was held at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong, where 260 galleries from 38 countries came together to offer the largest display of contemporary art ever on view in HK. Works from modern masters such as Picasso to important contemporary artists such as Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst were presented with prices ranging from HK$8,000 to HK$80million.
(1 Hong Kong Dollar = 0.1285 US Dollars)
New sections at ART HK 11 were: 
ART FUTURES - a multi-gallery display of works by emerging artists represented by galleries for the first time within the past five years. 
+ ASIA ONE - a showcase of solo exhibitions by artists of Asian origin, providing visitors an insight into the current art scene in Asia.
Strong sales of work by artists from around the world including Liu Wei, Zhang Enli, Yan Pei-Ming, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky and Louise Bourgeois to collectors from Asia, Europe and America reconfirmed ART HK’s status as a premier art fair. The Fair ran from May 26-29 presenting works by more than 1,000 artists – with a record 63,511 visitors attending, a 37.7% increase over 2010. 
Acquavella Galleries from New York, Victoria Miro from London, Anna Schwartz Gallery from Australia and Yvon Lambert from Paris were notable galleries debuting at the 2011 Fair. They joined established ART HK galleries such as Gagosian Gallery, Emmanuel Perrotin, Hanart TZ and Lisson Gallery. 
This year’s ART FUTURES Prize, sponsored by Lane Crawford, was awarded to the emerging artist, Gao Weigang, for his solo presentation at Magician Space, Beijing. The judges for the US$25,000 Prize included Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London and Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific Magazine.” 
Art collectors attended the Fair from across Asia, Europe and the USA. High-profile collectors in attendance included Don and Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection and the Contemporary Arts Foundation (Miami); Richard Chang (Beijing & New York); Sidonie Picasso; Sir David Tang (Hong Kong); Samir Sabet d’Acre (Brussels) and Judith Neilson of the White Rabbit Foundation (Sydney). 
ART HK 11 was also attended by some of the world’s most influential museum directors & curators, including Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+, the contemporary art museum in Hong Kong’s planned US$2.1 billion West Kowloon Cultural District; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Charles Saumarez Smith CBE, Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Dr. Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society Museum; Doryun Chong, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London; Kwok Kian Chow, Director of the National Art Gallery Singapore and Tan Boon Hui, Director of the Singapore Art Museum. 
Magnus Renfrew, Fair Director of ART HK, commented: “From galleries to government, curators to collectors there is genuine excitement that ART HK has put Hong Kong firmly on the international cultural map. We’re thrilled with the record visitor attendance and believe that the people of Hong Kong and the surrounding area are embracing the Fair and are intensely curious to learn and experience more about contemporary art”. 
This year’s Fair was sponsored by Deutsche Bank, who will also sponsor ART HK 12. Michael West, Deutsche Bank Head of Communications, Asia Pacific, said: "In scale, quality and attendance, ART HK has quickly developed into a premier event on the global art calendar.” 

ART HK 12 will take place next year between May 17th & 20th. 
In the post script section, at the end of this issue, there are listings and links to galleries who participated in ART HK 11.
To download a ART HK 11 catalog go to
Official web site:   
(Sources: The Art Newspaper and ART HK 11, post fair press release.)

Georgina Adam, recently predicted in The Art Newspaper, that there will be an attrition of participation in many art fairs, making some thrive and others fade. The Armory Show saw a defection of 72 dealers this year (some major players), a blow to the fair which in many ways started it all and was considered the "Top Dog" of all international art fairs for many years.

Breakfast Brie Monte Cristo

What do you do with those left over hamburger buns from your 4th of July picnic? 

I recommend a breakfast sandwich made with the extra buns, I used the bottoms only. Spread buns with an excellent mustard, to taste, on both sides, add slices of Brie cheese on one side and your best European jam spread on the other. Form the sandwich and prepare an egg in a bowl, stirred to blend yolk and white. Dip the sandwich into the egg, then saute the sandwich in a pat of butter for each side, flip after egg has started to cook, pressing some on the 2nd side to help melt the cheese and brown the sandwich and flip a second time to do the same.

Serve this fusion between a grilled cheese sandwich and french toast with a knife and fork along with some rich, dark coffee. House guests will love it!
(Source: original recipe)

10 Best Lobster Rolls in New York City

        • Luke's Lobster, shown above, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Luke's Lobster
  • Try their Noah's Ark roll. 
  • The Mermaid Inn

  • You will feel as though you stepped into a New England town, these cozy digs offer great and affordable seafood. The oyster selection is top notch, and you can’t beat their lobster roll!
  • Mary's Fish Camp
  • Get here early before they sell out of their divine Lobster Roll. Otherwise, you'll have to settle for their godly Shellfish Bouillabaisse.
  • Ed's Lobster Bar
  • Don't even bother with the small Lobster Roll, go for Ed's sized, and make sure you have his world famous pickles. They're a perfect compliment.
  • Pearl Oyster Bar
  • Get here early for lunch, or be forced to wait on line and salivate while others enjoy a fantastic Lobster Roll and equally exquisite Shoestring Fries.
  • Fishtail By David Burke
  • We whole-heartedly recommend the Montauk Lobster Roll - the spiced mayo really gives this Lobster Roll a special kick! And DON’T skip dessert.
  • Urban Lobster Shack
  • Enjoy the frat party like atmosphere of Stone Street with an overly buttery Lobster Scampi Roll. Or be a glutton and get The Double Lob.
  • Sable's
  • Think out of the box and try the Lobster Sushi Roll. Or be more conservative and dive into their Famous Lobster Salad Sandwich.
  • BLT Fish
  • The lobster roll here is a non-traditional version, served on a flaky round bun and is brimming with flavors! Highly recommended.
  • Lure Fishbar
  • Order the Classic Lobster Roll here. It's a classic blend of lobster and bacon, what could be better? They also have some of the freshest oysters we’ve had in the city. Not hungry for lobster rolls or oysters? Ask for the 'special' burger. It’s not on the menu but it is spectacular. 
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Post Script:
(with Links) 

Pearl Lam Fine Art