The Asia Contemporary Art Show Closes its 13th Edition with Record Sales and Lasting Relationship
Published : Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:59 pm
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Hong Kong’s only contemporary art fair in the Fall, the Asia Contemporary Art Show, closed its 13th successful edition on Monday evening October 1st. Over four days, the Show welcomed more than 15,000 collectors and art enthusiasts (8% higher than the record-breaking attendance last Spring), with crowds swelled by visitors from China on National Day, with many taking the recently opened 20-minute high-speed rail from Shenzhen to Hong Kong. Held in 80+ intimate art living spaces at the Conrad Hong Kong, art sales were brisk and an estimated HK$32 million was reported based on an exit survey of exhibitors.
“We had a very strong opening night,” said Director Mark Saunderson. “Starting with the UnionPay Private View and followed by the UnionPay VIP Collectors Preview, the Show welcomed a steady stream of distinguished guests, collectors, and art enthusiasts – many familiar faces and friends of the Show. Special sectors, Intersections: South Korea and Artist Dialogues presented by Cask 88 were a real highlight for many of the visitors to this 13th edition.
“Our purpose is to facilitate the most meaningful, rewarding, and lasting relationships for gallery owners, artists, buyers, and sponsors alike and this happened across the Show. Every exhibitor space is unique. These art living spaces are curated with a welcome in mind and designed to create a more emotional connection with the art. In Artist Dialogues presented by Cask 88, each room is transformed into a personal art space that compels guests to speak with, engage with, and learn about the artists and their works. They are rich and intimate experiences. Many of the artists come from far away countries, so there is a unique buying opportunity, as well as fostering cross-cultural experiences.”
In-depth conversations and new discoveries were made over the weekend, with the Show partnering with ZAI ART APP - China’s leading digital art platform with an audience of over 2.3 million collectors and art enthusiasts. A live panel of experts explored why people buy and collect contemporary art. Art thought leaders took several thousand ZAI ART APP subscribers on live tours of the Show.
Saunderson continues, “We are committed to a quality experience for visitors and exhibitors alike. At the core of Hong Kong Art Week next Spring along with Art Basel and Art Central, our 14th edition will extend its popular Intersections series, and the focus will be on contemporary Chinese art and is not to be missed.”
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