|Name:Orientations - Sponsor for the Autumn 2015, Spring and Summer 2016 editions|
Orientations is pleased to sponsor the Friends of the Art Museum, the Chinese University of Hong Kong newsletters for 2016. Founded by Adrian Zecha in 1969 and based in Hong Kong, Orientations features scholarly articles on Asian art and brings its readers - mostly collectors and connoisseurs - new research written by leading international scholars, along with analysis of art market and collecting trends.
People in China are increasingly interested in their country’s art and cultural heritage. While a vast number of domestic publications are available, until recently there was no journal similar to Orientations in terms of scope and scholarly nature. Several years of planning culminated in a Chinese edition, title 美成在久 (Meichengzaijiu) Orientations, which was published in October 2014. Meichengzaijiu is a saying by Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi which means ‘all good things take a long time’. Every issue of 美成在久 Orientations includes translations of selected articles from our archive, together with locally sourced content. In just one year, the Chinese edition has already built up a loyal following among museum curators, academics, and collectors in China.
A longtime supporter of major Asian art events around the world, Orientations founded Asian Art Hong Kong (AAHK) in 2014. This subsidiary organizes a weeklong event each spring as a platform to enable access to and enhance public awareness of Chinese history, cultural heritage, and Asian art in the city. The first year drew the support of 29 local dealers, who presented special exhibitions in their own galleries.
|Name:Alisan Fine Arts: Sponsor of the Friends Newsletter (Autumn 2014, Spring 2015 & Summer 2015)|
It is my pleasure to support the Friends and to be a sponsor for the Newsletter this year. While many of you may not know me, Alisan Fine Arts’ involvement and support in the Friends actually goes back many years, when my mother, Alice King, joined the Friends in the 1980’s. More recently, together with the Friends, Alisan Fine Arts supported the donation of an important Lui Shou Kwan painting to the University Art Museum. It is therefore only natural that we continue our long standing relationship with the Friends.
Next year, Alisan Fine Arts will be celebrating its 35th anniversary. Over the years, the gallery has tirelessly promoted Chinese contemporary artists - local, overseas and mainland. Our gallery has held over a hundred exhibits and was the first commercial gallery in Hong Kong to hold a solo exhibition for world-renowned artist Zao Wou-ki in 1993. My own formal involvement in the gallery started in 1997, but in reality, I have been growing up with art since a young age at home. I remember visiting the Art Museum at the Chinese University, as well as numerous other museums overseas, with my parents who are avid collectors of Chinese porcelain, as well as paintings.
Having witnessed the changes in Hong Kong’s art scene over time, I am so excited to see the upward development in recent years, in particular in the Chinese contemporary art market. It is my hope that, through our gallery’s upcoming exhibitions and featured artists pages in the newsletter, that I will be able to share my passion and interest in this field with you.
It is wonderful to see the Friends grow from strength to strength. The support you provide to the Art Museum and the various activities such as talks, overseas cultural trips, gallery and museum visits are truly impressive. The Newsletter also provides an invaluable resource for both novice and serious art lovers. I am honoured to be part of this and look forward to meeting many of you.
About Alisan Fine Arts
Alisan Fine Arts, founded in 1981 by Alice King, is one of the first professionally run galleries in Hong Kong. A pioneer in the field of Contemporary Chinese Art and New Ink Art, the gallery focuses on promoting up and coming Chinese artists from the mainland as well as established Hong Kong artists and Chinese diaspora living in Europe and America. On occasion, we also exhibit select Western artists such as Bernar Venet, Richard Texier and more recently Fabienne Verdier.
The gallery moved from Central to its current location in Aberdeen four years ago, providing a larger space gallery space for dipslay, office and library. The gallery holds regular exhibtions and partipcates in art fairs in Hong Kong and overseas, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Fine Art Asia and Masterpiece London in recent years.
About Daphne King
Born in New Jersey, USA, Daphne has lived in Hong Kong since she was 5. She graduated from Philips Academy, Andover in 1987 and the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History in 1991. She has been working at Alisan Fine Arts since 1996 and was promoted to Director in 2005. Prior to working at Alisan Fine Arts, Daphne worked in advertising in New York at DMB&B (1992 – 1994) and in Hong Kong at Ogilvy & Mather (1994 – 1996).
A patron of the arts, Daphne was a Friend of the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 1997 – 2000 and currently is a Trustee of the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art. In 2011 she was appointed Director of The Ink Society. Daphne has been a keen supporter of the Hong Kong Ballet, as a committee member of the Ballet Ball and co-chair of the Guild from 2011-2014. She currently sits on the Board and the Executive Committee.
Daphne founded the University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund in Hong Kong and was the founding President from 2002-2014. She is a certified yoga instructor and during her free time enjoys practicing yoga, reading, traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.
|Name:Message from Mr K Y Ng, K Y Fine Art previous sponsor of the Friends Newsletter|
It is my pleasure to support the Friends and be a sponsor for the Newsletter.
I graduated from the Hong Kong Chinese University in 1968, inherited my father’s business in 1970, and eventually changed the name in 2001 to K.Y.Fine Art, by which it is known today. In the past 40 years, I have never stopped learning, sharing my knowledge with collectors, experts, art lovers, and museum curators. My late father started ‘Luen Chai Curios Store’ in the 1950s. Although he did not have great knowledge of Chinese antiques, he was cautious and discerning in looking at things that he handled. I am indebted to him for this cautious approach in authentication.
It has been most enlightening to see how the market has grown and changed, particularly in the last 40 years since I entered the business. Chinese art is a way of life and it reflects the culture and history of the Chinese people. It shows how one culture has evolved in the history of mankind. This I find absolutely fascinating. I have many interests in Chinese art, but my focus is on ceramics and painting, including calligraphy. I would be delighted to invite the Friends to exclusive visits to my shop so as to share with you my knowledge and views on various aspects of Chinese art.
I am very impressed with the Friends’ work to support the Art Museum, the CU art students and art education in Hong Kong. The many diverse activities that the Friends offer create a ‘FRIENDLY’ way to learn about Chinese art and culture. This is indeed a very noble cause. The Friends Newsletter is a great resource with its abundance of interesting and scholarly articles. It is my privilege to work with such a wonderful group and to be part of a meaningful network. I hope to meet many of you in the near future.
About K. Y. Fine Art
K.Y. Fine Art was established in February 2001 by Mr.K.Y. Ng (Kai-yuen Ng).
Formerly known as Luen Chai, it deals in a wide range of Chinese art objects including fine antique ceramics and contemporary ink paintings.
Under the directorship of Mr. Ng, Luen Chai, the establishment has been featured in numerous shopping guide books including Travel and Leisure; Fiona Campbell, The Guide to Shopping in Hong Kong (FDC Services Ltd Publication, 1996); Valery M. Garrett, Antiques, Art & Crafts in Hong Kong (Times Editions Pte Ltd., Singapore 1996); Living in Hong Kong (American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, 1998-2013).
K.Y. Ng (Kai-yuen Ng) B.A., cum laude, The Chinese University of Hong Kong A veteran dealer and renowned connoisseur in many aspects of Chinese art and antiques, Mr. K. Y. Ng (Kai-yuen Ng) is one of the most prominent names in the trade. He inherited this business from his father in 1970, two years after his graduation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He worked as assistant curator for one year in 1975 in the Hong Kong Museum of Art. During the period from 1990 to 2005, he organized eight contemporary Chinese ink painting exhibitions and published eight museum standard catalogues, which are often referred to as reliable resources by renowned auction houses. Over the years, he has worked and continued to learn assiduously, never ceasing to increase his knowledge and to polish his expertise. He is well respected by his friends, colleagues, fellow dealers, artists, museum curators, and collectors at home and abroad.
|Name:Message from Galerie Huit, previous sponsor of the Friends Newsletter|
I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you, my friends old and new. In my new capacity as Sponsor of the Friends Newsletter. I look forward to a lively, informative, and stimulating involvement with this important publication.
By way of introduction, my interest in the arts goes back several decades, both as an enthusiastic student and an aspiring artist myself and latterly running my own gallery, Galerie Huit, in St Francis Street, Wan Chai. Though I have only been doing this for the past two years, the ex- perience has expanded my cultural horizons and given me a truly global perspective on the art world.
I look forward to introducing you to my featured artists through the pages of the newsletter over the coming year and welcome you all to attend the many exhibition pre- views for members and friends that I will be organising. The artists have been chosen because I feel so excited and enthusiastic about their work and I hope to be able to share that passion with you all.
A magazine such as the Newsletter has an important role in forging a bridge between the arts in the Chinese University and the wider community. It is vital that knowl- edge of what is happening and the wide range of activi- ties on offer reaches as many people as possible. It is this commitment to communication and spreading the word as “apostles of the arts” that has brought me to sup- port you as the new sponsor. I very much look forward to assisting and supporting you all in keeping up the good work in the months ahead.
About Galerie Huit:
The concept of Galerie Huit is accessible contemporary art in an informal, welcoming setting. By combining tradi- tional wall exhibits with modern multi-media displays, art lovers can experience the maximum number of pieces, both virtually and in reality. Galerie Huit is definitely differ- ent. It is a multi-dimensional cultural experience. We offer art classes, wine tastings, book readings, and cultural activities to complement our rotating art exhibitions, which feature exciting international artists in many media. We believe that access to vibrant art and living artists is vital in a healthy, rounded society. We have a clear vision: the best contemporary art for the widest audience. A key component is philanthropy - charitable giving combined with an educational role.