The Big Reveal: With art month in full swing, celebrated British-Irish conceptual artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA (that’s Royal Academician for the unenlightened) has unveiled an exciting sculpture in its first showing in Asia, at the fourth annual Love Art at The Peninsula starting March 20.
Craig-Martin is known for his simple transformation of everyday objects into iconic and bold representations — whether this comes in the form of paintings or life-size installations. Think items like ping pong paddles, credit cards, shoes, and laptops reduced to their essential qualities and attributed artificially vibrant colors.
Larger than life: Craig-Martin has exhibited his works at many institutions around the world. His outdoor powder-coated steel sculptures frequently pose a sharp and vivid contrast against their surroundings.
Lightbulb moment: The sculpture is called “Bright Idea, 2016”, is 4 meters tall, and comes out of the ground at The Peninsula’s front court fountain. That’s right: The Peninsula has gotten its very own giant yellow lightbulb made from powder-coated steel.
What else? Besides showing off his work at the hotel, Craig-Martin will also be giving a speech at the University of Hong Kong on March 20 to kick things off. See here for ticketing details.
Did you know? Since its inception in 2014, Love Art at The Peninsula has always been about showcasing innovative artworks and organizing inspirational talks by prominent artists for Hongkongers’ enjoyment. Love Art is typically timed to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong each year.
The Peninsula has worked hand in hand with the Royal Academy of Arts for the past three years, bringing over renowned artists from the institution for its Love Art showcase. Previous featured artists include Conrad Shawcross, Richard Wilson RA, and Su Xiaobai.
What? Love Art at The Peninsula 2017
When? March 20, 2017 to May 31, 2017.
Where? The Peninsula hotel, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.