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April 24, 2008

Arts on Fire

You tried to submit your dazzling resume with descriptions on how utterly fabulous you are. You may have even secretly slipped in a demo tape of you gracefully gliding through Queen’s Road Central presenting to the panel of judges your impressive knowledge of the city, whilst simultaneously showing off your stylish running techniques. Alas, running through Hong Kong with the Olympic flame on the world stage this week wasn’t meant to be.  But you can use your newfound sprinting skills to run over to ARTHK08 the city’s first truly international art fair, which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 14th-18th. Get comfortable, sling your running shoes over your shoulder and ignite your passion for the creative in this thriving hot bed of art…

The Whole Picture
Set to become a fixture on the international art calendar with the likes of the highly coveted Art Basel Miami Beach, this fair will showcase art from the world’s leading contemporary and modern art galleries. The four and half day event will act as a catalyst for increasing interest in and enriching knowledge of visual arts in the city and promises to elevate Hong Kong’s art scene to a global level.  Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a serious collector or simply window-shopping, this is the place to immerse yourself in the best of the world’s 20th and 21st century art.

The Fine Points
In an unprecedented showing, works from international art legends will sit alongside the stars of the current Chinese art scene. Feast your eyes on masterpieces like Andy Warhol’s 1962 Avanti Cars from Ben Brown Fine Arts, worth an estimated HK$29million, Nue aux Bras Elevés from Max Lang and a Damien Hirst offered by Seomi & Tuus. Rumored to be harder to get into than Studio 54 in its heyday, competition among the galleries was tough and only the influential and the beautiful made the cut.  Among those are Max Lang, New York, Yvon Lambert, Paris/NY, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Peres Projects, Los Angeles/Berlin, ShanghART, Shanghai, and Osage and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.

The Celebrated Details
The Honorary Patron of ARTHK08, Sir David Tang, along with Shanghai Tang will celebrate the glamour of the fair by commissioning one of the featured artists to create a piece of Shanghai Tang-inspired wearable art that will be modeled at the event and showcased in the Central store prior to the fair. In aid of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, there will be a preview and opening night reception, Vernissage (Tickets $500, pre-booking required), which is set to attract the who’s who of the HK art scene.  Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some readers, ARTHK08 has extended a 2-for-1 ticket offer to this highly anticipated event. Readers can call HK Ticketing at 31 288 288 and quote “ART HK 04” to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

So come along all you trendsetters, style-makers and worldly art lovers, the international art stage awaits. No resume required.

ARTHK08
May 14-18, 2008
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
http://www.hongkongartfair.com

**Fortune Cookie**: Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some readers, ARTHK08 has extended a 2-for-1 ticket offer to this highly anticipated event. Readers can call HK Ticketing on 31 288 288 and quote “ART HK 04” to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Please note: Maximum 6-tickets per person, no other discount applies and only valid on general opening tickets 15 – 18 May 2008. Special offer is not available on the website



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