Sarah Douglas gathers some sales in Hong Kong at ArtHK 10:
- a large formaldehyde tank piece — the format that put Hirst on the map — containing somewhat overwrought Christological imagery: a dove suspended near the top of the tank, and a human skull resting on its floor. It was the first time one of these tank pieces had been shown anywhere in Asia, and it sold for $2.6 million to a Taiwanese buyer, according to White Cube director Neil Wenman.
- The gallery also sold pieces by Sarah Morris, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Darren Almond, Rachel Kneebone, Zhang Huan, and Ragib Shaw.
- Boesky’s solo show of Nara, dominated by recent wall-mounted ceramic pieces done in his signature teen angst aesthetic, was a big hit at the fair, and she sold several of these pieces at prices ranging from $65,000-80,000. A large 2009 ceramic piece called Rock N Roll the Roll sold for $350,000.
- Liu Ye–By the fair’s penultimate day, seven of his paintings had been spoken for, including small ones priced at $200,000 apiece and a large meditative depiction of bamboo stalks for $650,000, which went to a collector from mainland China. Other buyers were Asians from Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and New York.
London gallerist Pilar Corrias
- a boothfull of meticulously painted work by Pakistan-born artist Shahzia Sikander. One large piece, based on Persian miniatures and priced at $125,000, sold to a private collector, and a $300,000 multi-panel work had been claimed for review by a museum acquisition committee.
- Pace Beijing, sold a painting by young Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby for $120,000 and a large painting by well-known Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang for $1 million.
- a Yue Minjun painting sold for $750,000.
A Triumphant Art HK Seizes Vanguard of the Asian Market (ArtInfo.com)