Not a soup can to be seen among pop art king's prints in hip gallery

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am

To be honest, Andy Warhol prints aren't exactly the rarest of art, but it was still fun to drop by the W Hotel on Tuesday to check out Fabrik Contemporary Art's new We Wuv Warhol exhibit. Featuring 22 works from the pop art king - none with a soup can, thank God - the prints are on display in the inn's artsy Whitespace until November 23 and all are for sale from Fabrik, which has established itself as one of the city's coolest new galleries.

'We'd been collecting for three years before we had our first show,' Jurgen Abergas (centre, with partners Mark Saunderson and Sean Coxall) explained at the opening. 'Our focus is on contemporary modern and urban art. Everything here is for sale but there are a couple of favourites that we are keeping for ourselves.'

Last year, the three Hongkongers brought some of Banksy's graffiti to the Arts Centre and next month they'll show some daring Damien Hirst creations at their D'Aguilar gallery. As for the recent economic downturn, the three consider themselves art lovers more than art dealers, so they don't lose sleep over the volatile market. 'The downturn is good. It gets rid of the speculators, but you'll always have a market for good art.'

A portion of the Warhol sale proceeds will go to the Arts With The Disabled Association of Hong Kong.