16 of the Best artworks from Art14 London
I was very excited to see Art 14 and had great expectations that this one will top last year's fair. I enjoyed last year's exhibition and the number of international galleries exhibiting, it helped piqued my interest again in Asian art which I didn't have a lot of access to – living in London and Europe for almost 13 years. Thank God for this kind of art fair, I can see galleries that I normally won't be able to see here in London.
This year, Art14 seems to be going on the same momentum with a lot of varied artworks from all over the world. There are some that I've recently seen at the London Art Fair a few weeks ago and a few other artists and artworks that were already featured last year. Kind of disappointed with that but I don't undermine that these are interesting artworks. Nonetheless, I'm glad I went because I have discovered artists that I haven't known before or haven't known as painters.
One of my favourite pieces was a painting by Gao Xingjian, the Nobel Prize laureate for Literature** who won for his novel Soul Mountain (which I read before I moved to Europe) who is actually a celebrated Paris-based painter. Gao uses Chinese ink to paint on canvasses with the technique of Chinese ink painting. The result of this is really a meditative piece. Zhao Zhao, the former assistant of Ai Weiwei, blew my mind with Waterfall, a mixed media installation of an imperial throne, washed with red wax dripping like blood. Another favourite of mine is Liu Wei's male portrait which almost feels like the handwork of Lucien Freud, reborn with a new contemporary Asian mindset.
For those who weren't able to go to see Art14, here are some of my favourites: