Following a hectic weekend of events and openings, today caps the final day of Art Basel Hong Kong, bringing strong sales and attendance at the sixth edition of the massive Asian market event.
The first fair for new director Adeline Ooi, the event seems to be focusing more heavily on nearby regions, making the case for a broader offering of often overlooked artist and galleries that nevertheless brought strong global interest. The fair was well-attended in its first few days, as curators, collectors and artists strolled the long aisles of the Hong Kong Convention Center. Philip Tinari, head of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art was on hand, as were Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sir Nicholas Serota, Takashi Murakami, Simon de Pury, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Sarandon and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Also on view was a unique collaboration between Jenny Holzer and BMW, a concept car emblazoned with the text “WHAT I WANT,” and placed on the third level concourse of the Convention Center, playing on the work’s trophy status. In the fair’s Encounters section, artist Gao Weigang was presenting an immense, skeletal take on a shipping container, cast in what appeared to be gold. In another corner, artist Xu Longsen’s ink on paper works towered over passerby, streaming down from the ceiling of the space.
Outside the fair, a number of events kept visitors busy even after Art Basel closed its doors each day. Pearl Lam Galleries and Hongkong Land presented a public install of Zhu Jinshi’s iconic Boat sculpture in Exchange Square, a rare pubic installation of the artist’s work, while Alex Prager opened an exhibition of new work at Lehmann Maupin’s location in the city.
The fair caps a marathon month for dealers and collectors spanning three continents, returning for the Swiss edition of its global offering this June.
— D. Creahan
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“20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month” [SCMP]
“Avalanche of Sales During Opening Night at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015” [Artnet]
“Hong Kong’s Collage of Art and Commerce” [Barron’s]
Art Basel Hong Kong [Fair Website]