Hong Kong is taking center stage on the global conspicuous-consumption circuit this week as billionaires descend on the city to choose from Angelina Jolie’s diamonds, Andy Warhol’s paintings and bottles of Romanee-Conti.
Even before sitting down to write this review, I mentioned to artists Gilbert & George my idea for a provocative headline. While I didn’t offer any guarantees -- giving them the right to vet the wording would be a Faustian contract that would cost me my job -- I figured a pair who have been using art to shock for more than 40 years would approve.
White-coated attendants stand by a white sphere, resembling an early bathyscaphe or a space vehicle from a vintage sci-fi film. At intervals, a hatch in the side opens, a dazed art lover emerges and a fresh one lies down on a stretcher and is slid into the mysterious recesses of the thing.