Lévy Gorvy gallery
6th edition of Art Basel HongKong 2018 -
The sixth edition of Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong, which closed on Saturday, March 31, 2018, brought together a uniquely global mix of galleries spanning six continents, outstanding artworks by established and new artists from across the world and a singular gathering of international collectors and institutions, many of whom were first-
Records have been broken at Art Basel Hong Kong, where Willem de Kooning’s “Untitled XII” (1975) (owned by Philanthropist and Microsoft co-
‘This was a fantastic week at the fair for the Lévy Gorvy team. We were already optimistic about Hong Kong, but once the week began, we were amazed by the level of passion and participation among collectors and foundations – and the public here, too. The growth of the collecting community in the region is astonishing and very encouraging.’ Brett Gorvy, Co-
David Zwirner Gallery, 'Jeff Koons'
This exceptional setting allowed for many new discoveries, in-
The show's success is a true testament to the efforts exhibitors put into their presentations and their trust in an ever-
The fair, whose Lead Partner is UBS, took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), where it attracted an overall attendance of 80,000 people.
During the five show days, private collectors as well as representatives from over 100 leading international museums and institutions attended the show, including: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; National Gallery Singapore; Serpentine Galleries, London; Sharjah Art Foundation; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Tate, London; The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
With numerous gallery openings and a greatly expanded program of well-
The 2018 edition featured 248 premier galleries from 32 countries and territories, with 28 galleries participating in the show for the first time, including: 47 Canal, Miguel Abreu
Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, The Modern Institute, Barbara Wien, Dastan’s Basement, Don Gallery and Tarq.
Reflecting Art Basel’s commitment to Asia-
Galleries who participated in the show spoke highly of their experiences and participation:
‘This was our first Art Basel fair in Hong Kong. There are only a few art fairs where we meet new collectors and Art Basel in Hong Kong is one of them. We have had serious interest and buying not only from our established US collectors but most significantly from new collectors from Mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as strong institutional interest and buying. It is a rare opportunity to present the work of our artists to a completely new audience.’ Miguel Abreu, Founder and Owner, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
‘It has been a successful fair for us – we were very pleased to place multiple pieces with international institutions as well as with private collections in Europe, India, Hong Kong and the United States.’ Priyanka Raja, Co-
‘This year's edition of the fair has been our best art fair since the founding of our gallery five years ago. We were thrilled to receive visits by more than 20 museum representatives, many of whom acquired works. Art Basel in Hong Kong helps cement Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s epicenter of contemporary art.’ Chris Reynolds, Co-
‘This has been our most successful year at Art Basel in Hong Kong to date. We had strong engagements with collectors from around the world and placed many important artworks in prominent private collections and museums in Asia.’ Alex Logsdail, International Director, Lisson Gallery, London, New York
‘We were excited to meet new collectors from Hong Kong, Asia and Europe and received a very positive and strong response to works we brought to the fair, selling over ten paintings and a sculpture in the first two days. It was a very successful debut for Juri Markkula in the Asian art scene, with several collectors competing for his largest piece.’ Henrietta Tsui-
‘We had a fantastic experience at this year’s edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong. This fair is a vital opportunity for us to share our artists’ work with the ever-
‘This year is the continuation of a great success; the fair grows and grows with a reach that goes far beyond China. We have had encounters with collectors from exciting regions including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea but also as far as Australia. This is the yearly event they cannot miss; it is the regional power fair for the Asia-
‘There was a great energy at the fair this year. It brought many of the top international and Asian collectors who made important and considered purchases from the gallery. We placed significant works by our American artists including John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Sterling Ruby and Kaari Upson in major private Asian collections and museums.’ Monika Sprüth, Co-
‘This has been our best edition yet. The response to the work has been overwhelming and sales have been strong – not just on the first two days but continuing throughout the week.’
Joanna Strumpf, Owner and Director, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Singapore
‘The fair has been a great opportunity for us to meet art world colleagues, great collectors and art professionals. The level of professionalism from Art Basel and that which it requires from the galleries that partake in the show has – without doubt – played a major role in the development of our gallery. I am positive it will assist us in raising international awareness of our program, and more generally, in bringing more international interest to the contemporary art coming from Iran.’ Hormoz Hematian, Director, Dastan’s Basement, Tehran
‘It has been a truly exciting experience for us to be here in Hong Kong for the first time. We have met many new collectors from Asia, Europe and America. Overall, we were very pleased with the interest and curiosity to discover new artists and galleries at the show.’ Emanuel Layr, Founder, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Rome
The Galleries sector featured 195 exhibitors, who presented the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works.
Balice Hertling and OMR returned after a brief hiatus, while nine galleries that had previously participated in the show's proposal-
Following its debut in Asia last year, Kabinett featured 30 concisely curated solo presentations hosted within the galleries' booths by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Chant Avedissian, Teresita Fernández, Katsura Funakoshi, Apostolos Georgiou, Federico Herrero, Hon Chi Fun, Kim Kulim, Kim Yong-
Dedicated to curatorial projects by artists from across the Asia-
Discoveries, which focuses on solo shows by emerging artists, featured 25 galleries, 10 of which joined the show for the first time. Three artists in the sector, Ali Kazim at Jhaveri Contemporary, Zac Langdon-
For this year's Film program, multimedia artist and film producer Li Zhenhua brought together a premier selection of nearly 60 film and video works inspired by the current sociopolitical climate and presented by galleries participating in the fair. As part of the program, Art Basel collaborated with Videotage, a Hong Kong-
The quantity and quality of programming that took place throughout the city in parallel to the fair reached another level this year and included exhibition openings at H Queen’s, the first building in Hong Kong built specifically for art exhibitions, and at other galleries across the city; Para Site's presentation ‘A Beast, a God, and a Line’, which included artworks from over 40 South and Southeast Asian artists; Hong Kong artist – and the first BMW Art Journey winner – Samson Young’s exhibition at M+ Pavilion as well as the premiere of his new live performance with the Kwan Sing Choir; and tours of the South Island District, Tai Kwun and the newly opened Center for Heritage, Art and Textiles (CHAT). Asia Art Archive hosted ‘Women Make Art History’, which brought the Guerrilla Girls to Asia for the first time, encouraging timely discussions about gender bias in the art world.
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