Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 wrap up - Art Collector

Courtesy: Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 has been hailed as a huge success by organisers and exhibiting galleries alike.

Organisers of the art fair signalled the new March date as the major reason for such success. The date change saw the Hong Kong Tourist Board name March Hong Kong’s Art Month, coordinating a wide range of arts and cultural events in the city at the same time, including other art fairs, festivals, public art and exhibitions.

At the March 17 close, galleries across the globe reported very strong sales across all levels of the market.

Attended by nearly 60,000 visitors, which was only slightly less than the previous year when the show was open for one day longer, the fair presented 233 galleries from 37 countries and territories.

Roslyn Oxley, director of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, said of the fair: “I have been exhibiting at Art Basel in Hong Kong since 2013 and this year the quality has improved once again. I feel that there is a greater confidence and optimism about the galleries exhibiting, certainly for us it has been the best year yet for sales”.

After their sixth year of showing in Hong Kong, Joanna Strumpf, co-director of Sydney gallery Sullivan+Strumpf, noted that this year was possibly the best yet in terms of success in sales. “This year’s fair was certainly the biggest and the best. The response to three artists we had not exhibited at the fair before was amazing – Hiromi Tango, Aida Tomescu and Sam Jinks. We sold out of Hiromi Tango … Aida Tomescu sold well to Hong Kong and the Philippines, and Sam Jinks caused a sensation with phenomenal crowds and works selling to collectors throughout Asia.

“Alex Seton, a veteran of the fair with a strong following in Hong Kong also sold to collectors ... There was also good interest from a number of curators for public and private museums.”

Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, this year’s edition of Encounters was another notable success, creating a completely new visitor experience. Presenting 20 artworks by artists from the Asia-Pacific region, the sector is dedicated to presenting large-scale sculptural installations that transcend the traditional art fair booth.

The next Art Basel show will open in Basel on 18 June 2015, running until 21 June 2015.

Art Collector produces a special edition mini-magazine for the fair each year, featuring highlights from Australian galleries exhibiting at the fair. If you missed it at the fair this year, download as an e-book by clicking here.

Emily Cones-Browne

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