Cre­ative Jux­ta­po­si­tion

WITH FINE ART ASIA ABOUT TO OPEN ITS TENTH FAIR, Christo­pher Dewolf TRAWLS THE VAST AR­RAY OF ART AND AN­TIQUES ON OF­FER FOR THE TOP 10 COL­LECTIBLES

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In a city crowded with art fairs large and small, Fine Art Asia dis­tin­guishes it­self with the charm­ing qual­ity of sur­prise. Its 100-odd in­ter­na­tional gal­leries are an eclec­tic bunch, show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing from Im­pres­sion­ist art to Jazz Age an­tiques. A booth hawk­ing mid-cen­tury modernist paint­ings might find it­self next to one sell­ing vin­tage Chi­nese snuff boxes. But when you meet the fair’s co-chair­men and direc­tors, Andy Hei and Calvin Hui, the di­ver­sity makes sense. “We al­ways say we are the per­fect duo—east and West, new and old,” says Hui. “We have a lot of chem­istry.”

With Hui’s back­ground in art and Hei’s ex­per­tise in an­tiques, not to men­tion Hui’s knowl­edge of Euro­pean art move­ments and Hei’s affin­ity for Asian craft, it’s easy to see how Fine Art Asia has be­come one of the most popular events on Hong Kong’s cul­tural cal­en­dar. This year’s fair, its 10th edi­tion, will be no ex­cep­tion. With an an­tic­i­pated 35,000 vis­i­tors and a col­lec­tion that spans ev­ery­thing from 11th-cen­tury Ti­betan Bud­dhist paint­ings to art nou­veau sil­ver­ware, there will be plenty to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of ca­sual ad­mir­ers and col­lec­tors alike.

“The Hong Kong mar­ket is one of the most so­phis­ti­cated in the world,” says US dealer Si­mon Teakle, di­rec­tor of Si­mon Teakle Fine Jew­ellery in Green­wich, Con­necti­cut. To win over such a dis­cern­ing pub­lic, gal­leries are bring­ing their best and bright­est to Fine Art Asia, which runs from Oc­to­ber 4 to 7 at the Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. Here are 10 of the best.

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