Georgina Adam speaks to some of the many happy gallerists attending ArtHK 10 in Hong Kong:
Hauser is just one of a number of prestigious recruits to the fair, along with Paris’s Emmanuel Perrotin, Pace Beijing, and New Yorkers Lehman Maupin, Leo Castelli and Marianne Boesky.
Fair director Magnus Renfrew is particularly proud of the number of US dealers have taken the plunge this year: “A gain in confidence really built after Art Basel Miami Beach in December,” he says. “For three years we’d been chasing the big New York galleries, almost on our knees, and now we’ve had to turn some away,” he says. “We have 153 exhibitors this year, up from 116 last time.” […]
“There’s 0% on art, the fair is super well organised – they even vacuum out your packing cases! – and there’s no censorship,” says London photo specialist Michael Hoppen, doing HK10 for the second time […]
However, Hong Kong still lacks the cultural infrastructure necessary to propel it onto the world stage for art, although high hopes are being pinned on the $2.7bn West Kowloon project planned to start in 2014. This ambitious multi-arts project includes a museum, and has a new chief executive in the form of Graham Sheffield, who is leaving his position as artistic director of the Barbican to move to Hong Kong.
ArtHK 10: The Gateway to China (Financial Times)