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ART FAIR REPORT

HONG KONG

Debut Art HK 08 Plays It Safe 

by CHANDAN DUBEY

ESTHER YIPThe Happy Tree #2, 2006, mixed media, dimensions variable. 

Art HK 08, Hong Kong’s first art fair in a decade, opened with plenty of expectations—commercial and artistic—riding on its inauguration. Held at the luxurious Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 14-18 (See AAP 58), the fair launched in an untested market amid regional competition from two other recent upstarts, ShContemporary in Shanghai and Art Fair Tokyo.

The organizers trod cautiously as participating galleries…

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