Art Basel wrapped up its second year in Hong Kong this week. The Chinese market is the newest arm of the international art fair, which has counterparts in Basel and Miami Beach.
CNN reported that this year’s fair included 233 galleries from 37 different countries. More than half of the participating galleries were from the Asian continent. The New York Times reported that crowds were smaller than last year, 60,000 compared to 65,000 the year before. This could be due to the fair running one less day than last year.
Still, collectors were hungry, with the David Zwirner gallery selling a piece by artist Chris Ofili for $2 million and Hong Kong’s White Cube gallery selling a Damien Hirst work for $1.2 million. The White Space gallery of Beijing told the New York Times they sold 70 percent of their pieces within the first two days.
Though much of the attention went to a lifelike sculpture of a nude model by Australian artist Sam Jinks (her picture is in every other news story of the event) we found plenty of ceramic works at the fair that are worth your notice.
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