How does ART HK 11 250+ gallery sign-up compare with other fairs?


CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR HONG KONG

In a recent press release, ART HK has announced that over 250 galleries from 38 countries have signed up for their 2011 edition, a figure that more than doubles last year’s gallery attendance and comes close to that of premier international fair Art 42 Basel.

Click here to read the ART HK 11 press release.

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ART HK 11. Image from e-flux.com.

So how big a number? Fair comparison

110 galleries attended last year’s fair, ART HK 10, and highlights included art stars such as Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami.

Art 42 Basel recently reported that just over 300 galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa have signed up. The 2011 edition has seen a 99 percent reapplication rate.

New Southeast Asian fair, Art Stage Singapore, which debuted in January 2011 and is organised by former Art Basel Director, Lorenzo Rudolf, attracted 121 galleries. This was seen by many as a surprisingly big number for a new fair.

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ART HK 10, exhibition hall view. Image from artmarketinfo.wordpress.com.

In its fourth year (2010), Chinese art fair SH Contemporary secured 83 exhibitors, mostly from Europe and elsewhere in Asia.

Three-year-old Indian Art Summit, held in February this year, was seen as a gold mine for collectors wanting to purchase top-quality works at budget prices. 84 galleries from 20 countries were in attendance.

2010 was the biggest year yet for London’s Frieze Art Fair: 173 galleries exhibited over 1,000 artists and the event’s total sales were the strongest in its history.

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ART HK 10 VIP entrance. Image from butterboom.com.

Click here to view the full list of exhibitors on the ART HK 11 website.

Directed by Magnus Renfrew, named in Art Review’s “The Power 100″, and with Deutsche Bank as leading sponsor, ART HK 11 is schedule to be held 26-29 May. The event’s quick claim of the title of premier Asian fair, helped along by a Chinese art market that continues to boom, has prompted Art Basel to consider buying it.

So, with such a large number of galleries in attendance, what do you expect from this year’s ART HK? Leave your comments below.

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