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Raves for Art Basel in Hong Kong

Participating galleries reported strong sales and art collectors loved the fair's varied offerings

Published on May 20, 2014 11:52 AM

The declaration, "Art Blase", was emblazoned on one of the many slogan T-shirts that Australian artist Anastasia Klose showed at the Art Basel in Hong Kong fair. The statement, a witty play of words on the prestigious art fair with roots in Basel, Switzerland, and the public's obsession with the art market, is, however, deeply ironic.

The art world, as well as the wider public, was hardly indifferent to the second edition of the fair in Hong Kong, which ended its five-day run on Sunday.

More than 65,000 visitors, including prominent collectors from around the world as well as museum directors and curators from leading international institutions, such as the Tate Modern in London and New York's MoMA PS1, thronged the art event. Besides art world royalty, the fair also drew its share of curious denizens of the city and students in uniform.

Equally, visitors were impressed by the works of art on show and quick to buy. Many of the 245 participating galleries reported strong sales.

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