The roles of international art fairs in Hong Kong in facilitating the production and consumption of contemporary art in Asia

Art Hong Kong, Art Basel Hong Kong, and Art Central

Authored by: Silvia Fok

Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138959927
eBook ISBN: 9781315660509
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This chapter traces the impact international art fairs have had in Hong Kong and the Asian region. It focuses in particular on Art Hong Kong, which ran from 2008 until 2012; Art Basel Hong Kong, established in 2013 and still active; and Art Central, also still active and established in 2015. It examines why Hong Kong is ideally suited to be a visual art center within Asia; its role within the global art world and the art market; and how these roles have changed with the advent of these art fairs. This chapter also explores characteristics that are particular to Art Basel Hong Kong, compared to the longer-established Art Basel (est. 1970) or Art Basel Miami Beach (est. 2002) fairs, in featuring contemporary art. Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central have both influenced the production of and trade in, contemporary art by emerging artists in Asia. Rather than seeing art fairs just as a space to trade artworks, this chapter investigates other roles these fairs have played, their impact on the local art scene, and their impact in enhancing cultural interaction and invigorating the cultural and creative industries in Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China.

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