Pop art enthusiasts take note – Ron English, the controversial New York-based artist is exhibiting in Hongkong until March 2.
Known as the father of Agit-Pop, a hybrid of Pop Art, he has been responsible for scores of thought-provoking and sometimes, illegal billboards in the US. English has also held shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Paris and the Whitney Museum in New York.
Popaganda Asia Tour can be viewed at Delay No Mall, a design boutique in Causeway Bay. At the opening last week, English presided over the release of the “Abraham Obama Vinyl Bust (featuring Obama’s face merged with Abraham Lincoln’s)” and an art toy, while signing autographs on his books and posters. According to Vicky Chan, marketing manager of Delay No Mall, English made only 50 pieces of the Asian version of the Abraham Obama Vinyl, which are priced at US$200. Another special version of the figure will be released in Washington on the day of the President-elect’s inauguration on January 20.
Other items with the English imprint include T-shirts, mugs, tote bags and even two armchairs are also on sale.
The English event is a joint effort of Delay No Mall and MINDstyle, a pop art store based in North Hollywood. Delay No Mall is located at 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hongkong.