ART HK 11 Hong Kong art fair: ART HK confirms 2012 edition to be held in May

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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.

Fair view, Galleries section, ART HK 11. Image courtesy ART HK.

Fair view, Galleries section, ART HK 11. Image courtesy ART HK.

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).

American photographer David LaChapelle at ART HK 11's Art Splash. Image courtesy ART HK.

American photographer David LaChapelle at ART HK 11's Art Splash. Image courtesy ART HK.

The fair saw strong sales of work by artists “Liu Wei, Zhang Enli, Yan Pei-Ming, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky and Louise Bourgeois.”

  • 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 TuymansThe 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).

KN/HH

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ART HK 11 Hong Kong art fair: ART HK confirms 2012 edition to be held in May — 2 Comments

  1. Posha, thank you for your comment. We will definitely be publishing news on ART HK 12 as it arises. So keep an eye on Art Radar Asia for more over the coming year!

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