Tongue + Chic arrives in Hong Kong
Sneakerheads assemble – Phillips auction house is bringing together one-of-a-kind sneakers by the most influential contemporary artists for its latest exhibition in Hong Kong.
Curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Tongue + Chic straddles the worlds of fashion and art with the help of KAWS, fashion designer Pyer Moss and Trevor Andrew. 20 pairs of shoes will be exhibited, including Dave White’s original Nike Air Max 95 DW 'Rabbit' and 'Fox' sneakers (pictured).
Open to the public between 9-25 October at Phillips Hong Kong galleries in the St George's building, it will coincide with Phillips’s inaugural online-only auction based in Asia. 24/7 focuses on trend-setting collectibles and bringing together key elements of street culture by the likes of Damien Hirst, Daniel Arsham, Takashi Murakami, tattoo artist Dr. Woo, and hip-hop songwriter Swizz Beatz. This is just the latest example of Phillips engaging with emerging and young collectors and will be exhibited alongside Tongue + Chic, giving art enthusiasts, urban fashion fans and potential bidders alike the chance to get up close and personal with each piece.
Damien Hirst x Converse (Product) RED, 2010
Trevor "Trouble" Andrew x Reebok Workout Plus "Untitled", 2017
Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack said: “Today, prominent artists are engaging with the complicated cultural significance of sneakers by creating thought-provoking and highly covetable works that straddle the divide between fashion and art. Their work points to new directions that sneakers can take as vehicles for social engagement. From works that reimagine the architecture of sneakers to those that use sneakers to advocate for change, the works in this exhibition show just how far a pair of sneakers can go.”
Isaure de Viel Castel, Head of Department, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Phillips, added: “Street culture has exploded in recent years, growing from a niche collecting community to a full-brown cultural phenomenon. A new generation of art collectors are discovering fresh, new artists that relate directly to their own lifestyle.”
Tongue + Chic will be open to the public 9-25 October from Tuesday-Saturday, 12-7pm at Phillips Hong Kong galleries in the St George's building.
Matt Gondek, Deconstructed Mickey (Red)
Ronald Apriyan, Green Seed for the World