Hong Kong’s international art fair — Art HK — opens Thursday, but it’s just one of a weeklong series of events that include outdoor happenings and sales by more than a dozen auction houses.
Of course, Art HK is the main draw, writes Alexandra A. Seno in an article for Weekend Journal Asia. Big dealers are flying in from New York or London, showcasing what some mischievously call “The Greatest Hits” — high-priced works by art-world stars.
Some of the Art HK treats will include pieces by artists currently beloved on the international circuit but rarely seen in Asia, among them South Africa’s William Kentridge, Olafur Eliasson from Denmark and the late French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois. But the fair will also feature plenty of art that speaks local: Of the 250 galleries at Art HK this year, 22 will be from Hong Kong, the most in the fair’s history.