Hong Kong Exhibition Centre
Oct 6 to 9, 11am to 7pm
Hot on the heels of last month's ShContemporary, the first Hong Kong International Contemporary Art Fair kicks off this Saturday, showcasing artworks from more than 20 local and overseas exhibitors. Although it would be unfair to draw comparisons with the Shanghai event, the fair will take advantage of the fact no tax will be levied on purchases (on the mainland the sales tax is about 30 per cent). Event organiser Andy Hei says the local market is mature enough to support an art fair, and that it will add more dynamism to the regional art scene.
'Contemporary art has become the talk of the town in the past few years. An art fair provides the most effective opportunity for galleries to do business and creates a buzz for the city.'
Exhibitors include the Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Karin Weber Gallery, Yan Gallery, Grotto Fine Art and Art Beatus, as well as Dillon Gallery and Sundaram Tagore Gallery from the US. And as the fair is part of October Contemporary - Hong Kong's first annual contemporary art festival - organisers of that event, such as the Asia Art Archive, 1a space, Artist Commune, Videotage and Para/Site, will attend.
Also present will be the Goethe-Institut, Asia Society and the fine arts department of Chinese University. Hei says: 'A big part of this fair is to focus on our local artists and that is why we are sponsoring students from the Chinese University to showcase their work there.'
Hei says the four-day fair will give collectors a chance to look at works by young artists who may go on to become established names.
'All over the world, that is how collectors spot future talent,' he says. 'Keeping track of an artist's growth over the years adds a lot more value to the work itself because it charts the way an artist matures. For a collector, that's very exciting.
Those who want to start collecting should see the art for themselves rather than just going after the big names.'
China Resources Building, 26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Free (except for Oct 5)