"Old and new friends came together to support the local art community," said Yvonne Fong, director of Simon Lee Gallery, one of 22 galleries that took part. "A positive spirit was in the air."
Roughly 8,000 people attended the event, which took place in collaboration with and alongside Fine Art Asia, a local fair featuring modern and contemporary art, jewellery and antiques. Adeline Ooi, director Asia of Art Basel, described the collaboration between the two fairs as "a wonderful opportunity come together and celebrate the creative spirit of the city".
Many of the galleries that took part reported strong sales from the fair—some highlights below.
"Untitled" (2020) by Eddie Martinez
Price: US$1 million (HK$7.75 million)
At 8 metres long this sprawling painting by Eddie Martinez is so large that it prompted some fair-goers to joke that no one in Hong Kong has the space for such a work. And maybe they had a point: Perrotin found a buyer, but one who lives outside the city.
The work sold to a collector in Taiwan, who the gallery described as a long-time follower of Brooklyn-based Martinez, who is famous for his scrawling, graffiti-like style and for mixing on his canvases spray paint, oil paint, enamel and detritus from his studio, such as chewing gum and baby wipes.