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Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 concludes; robust participation from galleries this year

The 2022 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong concluded yesterday. As always, the event brought fresh works and concepts to the fore and proved to be a feast for the senses. This was the second year in a row that the show functioned in a hybrid model with both online and in-person viewing facilities available.

Adeline Ooi, director Asia, Art Basel, shared that this year’s edition featured 130 galleries from 28 countries; last year the count was 104 galleries. There were 15 first-time exhibitors and 75 galleries were participating with satellite booths, measuring 25 square metres, that displayed the artworks sent by the participating galleries with works in categories such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photography, video and digital media, The Hindu reported.

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Hong Kong artist Angela Su’s largescale artwork, Juliette, consisted of hand embroidered human hair; Su often uses the female body to provoke dialogues on gender. Another show-stopper was Chinese artist Ming Fai’s Garden of Life installation that had larger-than-life representations of fruits, seashells, and foliage to denote prosperity, longevity and happiness. The curation was eclectic: Jackson Pollock’s drip technique paintings were also on view.

Significantly, there were solo shows by emerging artists as well and were exhibited by 18 galleries. The Art Basel Live section enabled virtual walkthroughs, social media broadcasts, and discussions with artists and lectures.

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