Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

Competing at Basel Hong Kong, Western Dealers Offer Greatest-Hits Packages, Asian Artists

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Haring and Hanson at Van de Weghe.

Just as Christie’s, in New York, was wrapping up its record-breaking contemporary auction, the second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong opened on Wednesday at the Hong Kong Convention Center. (The slide show at left has images of the fair’s first day.)

Galleries from the West, broadly speaking, seemed to be taking one of several strategies at the fair, one strategy being a sort of “greatest hits” approach, exemplified by the booth of New York-based secondary market dealer Christophe Van de Weghe. Here you have a Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Keith Haring, a Damien Hirst and a Picasso. Thrown somewhat discordantly into this blue-chip mix is a typically hyper-realistic Duane Hanson life-size sculpture of a destitute Chinese worker. Galleries like Pace (which has a Beijing outpost), James Cohan (which has a Shanghai space), Lelong and Blum & Poe are, by contrast, focusing on the Asian artists in their programs. In general, the fair has a lot of work by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Zhu Jinshi, Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara and Haring. Interestingly, there is a noticeable lack of Warhol this year, except at Paul Kasmin’s stand. Read More

Art Fairs

The 2013 Art Basel Hong Kong Exhibitor List Is Out

Hong Kong. (Getty Images)

A year and a half after snapping up a majority stake in the Art Hong Kong fair, the Art Basel group is readying the debut edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, as it has rechristened the fair, and today released the list of 245 exhibitors that will present work at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 23 through 26. (The full list follows below.) Read More