Internationally renown as the “Olympics of the Art World,” Art Basel first set its sights on conquering the Asia-Pacific creative scene when merging with ART HK in 2013. As one of the most prestigious art fairs in the world, its presence has not only heightened the burgeoning creative renaissance taking place in the port-city of Hong Kong, but has positioned the city to become a major player in the billion-dollar art market. This year’s round featured artwork from 39 countries, making it a premiere destination for both art and fashion, and attracting a myriad of patrons, designers and brands from the art, luxury and street wear industries around the world.
The fair took place May 15 - 18, opening with artist Carsten Nicolai’s α (alpha) pulse lighting up the Victoria Harbour from the International Commerce Centre (Hong Kong’s most striking and impressive tower), and British artist Tracy Emin’s My Heart is With You Always being sketched onto the surface of a 30-story Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon with silky neon lights.
At times like these, we ponder of the old adage of art imitating life, or vice versa as Oscar Wilde puts it, and have discovered there is indeed an intimate connection between the two. We’ve selected a collection of looks, each inspired by a piece of artwork from the show.