Hong Kong Tatler - - Art -

Ian in­cred­i­ble turn­around time, very high­oc­tane,” says Alexie GlassKan­tor, (pic­tured) newly en­sconced cu­ra­tor of the En­coun­ters sec­tion of Art Basel in Hong Kong. She’s re­fer­ring to the fact that this year’s fair has moved from May to March, a sign of Asia’s in­creas­ingly large in­flu­ence on global art’s power axis and a re­sponse to the col­lec­tors, buy­ers, gal­lerists and afi­ciona­dos driv­ing it.

Size mat­ters when it comes to En­coun­ters, too. The sec­tion, get­ting its ex­clu­sive de­but on th­ese pages, will com­prise 21 large-scale works (up from 17 last year), some fill­ing more than 100 square me­tres of ex­hi­bi­tion space. “It adds an ex­tra di­men­sion in terms of in­ter­act­ing with con­tem­po­rary art,” says Glass-kan­tor. “En­coun­ters is al­most like a city within a city, a sort of land­scape ur­ban­ism, where each of the dif­fer­ent artis­tic ap­proaches takes on its own idio­syn­cratic form.”

And a dis­tinctly Asia-pa­cific and Southeast Asian slant. Glass-kan­tor serves as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Artspace in Syd­ney, and spe­cialises in Asian-pa­cific art. As such, she’s worked on nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional cu­ra­to­rial projects in Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, China, South Korea, In­done­sia, Europe and the US. “I am look­ing

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