Art Basel scores in Hong Kong
Hong Kong edition of global art fair wins over art collectors and fairgoers and it shows in the sales chalked up
Art Basel's first outing in Asia over the weekend was an unqualified success, if sales and critical reception were any gauge.
The pull of the contemporary art fair's branding was evident from the day of the vernissage. Despite "black rain" drenching Hong Kong last Wednesday, closing the city's stock exchange and schools, the art world turned out in full force for the by-invite-only event.
The first Asian edition of the fair, which made its name in the Swiss city of Basel and established its hip quotient with an outpost in Miami Beach, saw steady sales and a who's who of visitors from across the world. These ranged from prominent collectors including Belgian baron Guy Ullens, Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich and his partner Dasha Zhukova, eminent Swiss collector Uli Sigg, Chinese-Indonesian Budi Tek and Indonesian Deddy Kusuma to British supermodel Kate Moss.
There were other arty heavyweights including prominent museum directors such as the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art's Mr Philip Tinari and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles's Mr Jeffrey Deitch.