Australian reflections on Art Basel Hong Kong 2024

ArtsHub speaks with Australia-based galleries on their perspectives of attending Art Basel Hong Kong this year, from first-time participants to returning regulars.
'In Transit' by Yona Lee at Fine Arts Sydney, Art Basel Hong Kong 2024, Discoveries section. Photo: ArtsHub. People gathering around a booth with stainless steel installations that make up a seemingly domestic setting, with benches, an outdoor umbrella, and fairy lights.

Post the travel craze of Hong Kong Art Week 2024, ArtsHub reached out to several galleries in Australia that participated in this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong to investigate how the market performed against the general enthusiasm towards this global art fair, which returned to a pre-pandemic scale.

The official sales figures, which usually accompany post-fair media releases, have not been revealed to date, leading to some reasonable speculation around the volume of commercial activity, as compared to visitation or public interest. Many galleries noticed a slower and more cautious crowd at Art Basel Hong Kong’s (ABHK) preview day on 26 March.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_