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Tag: Hong Kong Art Fair

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Why do art dealers clamber over each other to be included in the big fairs even though they expect to lose money? The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report provides the answer. In 2016 art fairs accounted for an estimated 41% of all dealer sales. As a percentage of the whole this represents […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Never has brand power been more in evidence at an art event than at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. This was the seventh incarnation of this popular fair, but only the second under the ownership of the company responsible for the two biggest contemporary art fairs in the world – Art Basel and Art Basel […]

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Lars & the big poo

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 Blog,

At the end of another Hong Kong Art Fair – now rebranded as Art Basel in Hong Kong – one image stays in my mind. On an elevated platform stands Lars Nittve, executive director of the much-heralded M+ Museum, due to open in 2017. He is wearing a brown suit and giving a speech, in […]

Art Essays

Art Hong Kong 2012

Saturday, May 26th, 2012 Art Essays, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Hong Kong is ideally located to take advantage an eastern economic boom that keeps defying western prophets of doom. Although it may sound scarcely believable, that defiant attitude is shared by leading western art dealers who have begun opening gigantic new spaces in a city long known as a cultural backwater. Those bad old days […]

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Art Hong Kong 2011

Friday, June 10th, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It is scarcely believable that the Hong Kong Art Fair is only four years old. As the infant prodigy among the many, many fairs that have been breeding, virus-like, in all parts of the world, Hong Kong’s growth has been freakish. It started out as a shrewd, optimistic idea in 2008; struggled through the GFC […]

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Corporate Life…

Monday, May 30th, 2011 Blog,

From a video by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries at the Asia Art Archive in HK… but the sentiments are pretty universal

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Art HK. The elephant in the room.

Monday, May 30th, 2011 Blog,

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Don't Touch

Friday, May 27th, 2011 Blog,

A Chinese city suspended in the midst of the Art HK galleries. Liu Wei’s ‘Don’t Touch’

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Australia is an Asian country

Friday, May 27th, 2011 Blog,

Hong Kong is very shiny. Mirrored glass buildings reflecting each other in an endless spiral of narcissism: money admiring itself. What a perfect place for an art fair. The tactic of splitting the fair into two floors has worked better than anyone might have expected. It is a clear division between the rich and powerful […]

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TV Lover

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 Blog,

Detail from ‘TV Lover’ by Angjki Purbanando, one of a new wave of Indonesian artists making an impression at Art HK