In the Fairs section of the 2010 artasiapacific Almanac the editors report that “as the US and UK struggle to rebuild their tattered economies, art dealers from New York, London and mainland Europe are testing the young, relatively debt-free markets in regions that are quickly emerging from recession: the Middle East and Asia. The two more resilient fairs are Art Dubai and Hong Kong's ART HK.”
They say the three-year-old ART HK continues to demonstrate its staying power with dealers arriving with low expectations and leaving with declarations that they couldn't wait to come back. After a successful first foray in 2009, Starkwhite is one of the galleries returning to ART HK in 2010.
However, we are less interested in which fair proves to be the fairest of them all and more interested in how many great fairs emerge in the Asia/Pacific region. And the signs are good as Art Los Angeles Contemporary and ShContemporary also have the potential to become must-see events on the international art fair calendar.
Image: ART HK masthead