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.Continue Reading