A Strong Australian Presence for Art Basel Hong Kong 2013

A Strong Australian Presence for Art Basel Hong Kong 2013
The Hong Kong Convention Centre
(Courtesy Art Basel Hong Kong)

The first edition of the rebranded Art Basel Hong Kong (formerly Art HK) promises to be a landmark event with 245 galleries from 35 countries and territories exhibiting the work of more than 3,000 artists.  A strong Australian presence at the 2012 fair will be repeated in 2013 with the participation of nine Australian galleries exhibiting the work of some of Australia's top contemporary artists.

Exhibiting in the main section of the fair, the prestigious Galleries sector, will be Sydney's Jensen Gallery and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery as well as the Melbourne-based Murray White Room.  Galleries selected for this sector must be at least three years old, and are chosen on the basis of their overall program.

Featured in the Insights sector will be Melbourne’s Neon Parc gallery, exhibiting the work of Melbourne-based artist Katherine Huang and Melbourne’s Tolarno Galleries, exhibiting the work of Melbourne artists Martin Bell and Brendan Huntley.

Also exhibiting in the Insights sector will be Sydney's Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art, with a Penny Byrne solo show; Melbourne's dianne tanzer gallery + projects, presenting a solo exhibition by Juan Ford; and Brisbane-based gallerist Ryan Renshaw, who will exhibit the work of Australian/Indonesian artist Rodney Glick and New Zealand artist Peter Madden. The Insights sector, sited at the heart of both floor levels, will present 47 galleries from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region with curatorial projects developed specifically for the show.

Utopian Slumps is the only Australian gallery exhibiting in the Discoveries sector.  The Melbourne-based gallery will present a solo exhibition by Melbourne artist Sanné Mestrom.  The Discoveries sector will present a particularly strong showcase of solo and two-person exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists from across the world with an accompanying 25,000 USD Discoveries prize, which will be awarded to one artist presented within this sector.

Art Basel Hong Kong will take place Thursday, May 23, to Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).