ART FAIRS HONG KONG
When exhibitors and other ART HK 11 attendees expressed their dismay at the fact that ART HK 12 would be held in February rather than May. Their concern stemmed from the new date’s close proximity to Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday period on the region’s yearly calendar. However, it seems ART HK organisers have heard the pleas.
On 31 May 2011, ART HK sent out a press release that stated the following:
Following consultation with exhibitors, collectors and suppliers, the dates for ART HK 12 have been revised to 17-20 May 2012, with a preview and press day scheduled on 16 May 2012. The long-term plan remains to move the Fair to early spring, and together with the HKCEC [Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre], ART HK is looking at suitable dates.
The release also announced ART HK 11 visitor numbers – “A record 63,511 visitors attended the fair, representing a 37.7% increase from the previous year, and reaching a similar number of visitors as 2010’s Art Basel” – and named some of the art collectors present at the fair.
Art collectors were represented across Asia, Europe and the USA . High-profile collectors in attendance included Don and Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection and the Contemporary Arts Foundation (Miami); Richard Chang (Beijing and New York); Sidonie Picasso; David Tang (Hong Kong); Samir Sabet d’Acre (Brussels); and Judith Neilson of the White Rabbit Foundation (Sydney).
- Beijing’s Long March Space sold Liu Wei’s Don’t touch (2011) to a European collector for an undisclosed six-figure USD sum.
- Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska sold Fernando Botero’s Flying Eagles (2008) to an Asian collector for USD650,000.
- Yan Pei-Ming’s Self Portrait (2011), priced at USD420,000, was sold to an Asian collector by New York gallery David Zwirner. The gallery also sold Luc Tuymans’ The Couple (2011) for $1.1 million.
- Sprüth Magers Berlin London sold Andreas Gursky’s Ferrari II (2007) to a European collector for 550,000 Euros.
- Jeff Koons‘ Monkey Train (Orange) (2007) was sold by New York ’s L&M Arts for approximately USD3.5 million.
- Hauser & Wirth London Zurich New York sold all of its artwork by Zhang Enli, including one to a private foundation in Shanghai, priced at USD120,000. It also sold Bharti Kher’s an eye for an eye (2011) to a Beijing-based collector for US$265,000.
- The Geometry of Pleasure (2009) by Louise Bourgeois was sold for USD750,000 to a Chinese collector by Cheim & Read from New York.
- London’s White Cube sold Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Dass Kapital ist Kaput? Ja? Nein! Dummkopf! (2008) for £525,000 to an Asian collector.
- Timothy Taylor Gallery from London sold Wall of Light, Pink White (2011), a large new painting by Sean Scully, for an undisclosed sum to a Hong Kong-based collector.
Click here to read the press release in it’s entirety (opens as PDF).
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- Hong Kong art fair ART HK 11: First day fair impressions – May 2011 – Kate Cary Evans reports on the alternative sections of the fair
- Hong Kong art fair ART HK 11: Rolling media round-up [UPDATED 31 May 2011] – a running list of the top stories published on newspaper websites, blogs… even Twitter.
- Hong Kong art fair ART HK 11: Past ART HK editions coverage – compare and contrast – take a look at our coverage of previous ART HK events