Asia’s place in the art industry – Hong Kong’s Art Basel
Art Basel Hong Kong is one of the most prominent contemporary art fairs globally and perhaps the most important art fair in the Asia-Pacific region. Our team maintains excellent working relationships with many of our galleries throughout the year and the regular Art Basel show in Hong Kong. We require 50% of the content of the Hong Kong exhibition to be 50% from galleries in Asia and the Asia Pacific. Art Basel Hong Kong considers where Asia is now regarding the art world and how to effectively contribute to Asia’s infrastructure and help strengthen Asia’s thriving arts scene.
We talked with Adelina Ooy, Art Basel Asia Hentai Director, about empowering Asian artists and the public and communicating untold stories through art. The high concentration of Asian galleries and artists provides a sense of discovery for international audiences, institutions, collectors, and people in the art world. Asian art practitioners have a lot to discover and learn as well.
Last but not least, Asians are showing interest in art from other parts of Asia. As more and more collectors from China, Indonesia, and even India pop up worldwide, the world of upscale galleries and contemporary art fairs has found a solid footing in Asia. However, declining growth seems to be at the center of discussion among collectors, art marketers, and art lovers worldwide at the start of the Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Art Central, and Art Basel in Hong Kong.
The Chinese economy in the Asian art market.
Even during a global economic downturn, Middle Kingdom collectors show no signs of fatigue in their quest to collect art. While art sales in China may have slipped to second place last year, behind the U.S., Chinese collectors have made a comeback in the first half of this year. Of particular note, sales to Chinese buyers are returning to levels seen in 2011, when China became the world’s largest art market.
Jonathan Stone, head and president of Asia Art International at Christie’s, said classical Chinese paintings and calligraphy were being sold against trends, noting that Chinese art collectors accounted for 19 percent of the Asian art market. The trend toward more homogenization has made some critics uncomfortable, such as Larry Warsh, an American publisher and Chinese art collector. They have criticized organizers and exhibitors for the lack of focus on art fairs at the regional level.
The pressure on retailers to increase sales means art fairs are not the best place to see curated exhibits. However, historic art displays will be appreciated by the public, not just in Asia. Fiona Romer, senior director at Hauser & Wirth, said the live broadcast of Art Basel has also brought new collectors to the galleries’ attention. Art alone is not enough: novelty is a great speaking schedule. Art magazine Georgina Adams, Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist, and ArtAsiaPacific editor-in-chief Elaine Ng are just some of the speakers and speakers invited to Hong Kong this week.
Describing attendees, Leng Lin said the fair continues to attract many open-minded, cosmopolitan buyers with an unprecedented appetite for buying contemporary art.
A steady stream of visitors, all wearing masks, browsed the works in the large convention center as buyer representatives used smartphones on selfie sticks to zoom in on specific items for overseas buyers.
Several booths were dedicated to individual artists at the Philippine Art Fair, which decided to stay local and show only Philippine galleries and artists. Art Beijing was a combination of modern and classical art in 150 galleries and art centers intending to expand the Chinese art market. Art Basel Hong Kong was adapted by hosting its first hybrid show in Hong Kong last year, a clever mix of physical and digital achieved through virtual reality and satellite kiosks run by locals.
The fair has helped establish Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading arts hubs as other related fairs, and art events spring up around it, creating Hong Kong Art Week. For the seventh year in a row, this wildly successful event has paved the way for fairs across South Asia, including the Kochi Biennale and the Indian Art Festival in Mumbai.
Capsule Shanghai, for example, asked Hong Kong artist Lily Chan, winner of the BMW Art Journey 2020, to take care of Hong Kong artist Lily Chan’s Shanghai booth in the exhibition opening sector. According to Blouin Artinfo, nhentai, Sotheby’s and Christie’s capitalized on Hong Kong’s unique business-oriented port status — with low tax rates and no tariffs on the art trade. By hosting art and luxury sales that showed that Hong Kong is a global audience. Given the incentives, the wealthy Chinese, and the fact that Asia Week New York and London are no longer the only centers for the arts in the world, it’s no wonder Asia Week New York’s sales aren’t doing so well due to suspended exhibitions.
Along with lavish weddings and the world’s greatest luxury craze, many wealthy Asians are apparently investing their money in amassing extensive art collections.
About 100 galleries from 23 countries are participating, half the pre-pandemic level, with more joining through online viewing rooms.
The opinion of one of the Chinese collectors from the USA, Lawrence Chu, should also be noted that the artist and art should not be marked by national or geographical perception. A good artist is appreciated regardless of whether or not he has something to say and offer to the world.
One of the latest exhibits to open at the museum is “Visions of Gender,” which includes examples of gender fluidity and subversion in Asian art. In addition, some of the exhibits are dedicated to video storytelling, expressing how art in the museum interns see the genre specifically. ArtSpeak Interns is also sparking the conversation. Innovative teens have deepened their skill and cultural experience through collaborations with Asian Art Museums and the local art community.
The painting by Wilson Shihas hanime is just one of 16 artworks featured at Seeing gender, the first Asian Art Museum of San Francisco exhibit on gender and sexuality at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Faith Ringgold Retrospective opens in New York today at the New Museum; Ben Luke talks with Massimiliano Gioni, exhibition curator, about the tremendous breadth of the 91-year-old artists’ work. These four new curators have brought together works of art from different cultures and periods to show how a genre-fluid or fixed, divine or sensual, subversive or orthodox—is constructed, represented, and represented in Asian art in provocative and inspiring ways.
After Emily’s departure, a picture of a toxic atmosphere emerged in the museum’s contemporary art department, a dynamic known to the museum management.
On December 20, union members sent a letter to the museum management demanding that Chen be removed from his position as head of the contemporary art department.
Chen was a local celebrity in the art world but not the most obvious candidate. So when Chen joined the museum in January 2019, the selection of museums for his first piece of contemporary art sparked a flurry of media enthusiasm.
The Asian Art Museums Union administration says museum workers rarely file complaints. Therefore, if there is no recorded incident to investigate, the museum cannot be accused of ignoring a more significant issue.