CHINA CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR SALES GALLERIES MARKET
Now in its sixth edition, Art Beijing 2012 ran for three days from 30 April to 2 May. Art Radar stopped by the fair on the final afternoon and went hunting for red dots. Below we post images of some of what was sold at the fair, how much it sold for and by whom it was sold.
Galleries in attendance were largely Chinese, as was the vast majority of the art. Though Wednesday marked the end of China’s May Day public holiday and a return to work for most, the fair was still bustling with visitors. Overall sales were varied. Some galleries were without a single red dot while others had clearly sold all of the work on display in their booth.
Founded in 2006, Art Beijing is one of China’s largest art fairs. 2012 saw a total of 200 galleries in attendance at the 20,000 square metre Agricultural Exhibition Centre and, for the first time, organisers combined the city’s previously separate annual contemporary and fine art fairs into one event, jointly branded as Art Beijing. Galleries were housed in two pavilions: the Contemporary Art building and the Classic Art building. Classic Art included traditional Chinese and Western painting, decorative art and furniture. The fair also featured a VIP education forum and several themed exhibitions.
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