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May 3, 2013 6:45 pm
Art Basel in Hong Kong
May 23-26; Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre; www.artbasel.com/Hong-Kong
The first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong (formerly Art HK) looks set to impress, with a programme that promises 12 decades of art history across four sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters. The fair notes that Asia will be particularly well represented among its selection of 2,000 artists from across the world. Familiar faces include Chinese artist and photographer Zhuang Hui, and YBA veteran Liam Gillick.
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June 4-7; Earls Court, London; www.pintaart.com
The younger brother to Pinta New York, Europe’s foremost exhibition of emerging Latin American art celebrates its fourth birthday this year. Sixty galleries from across Latin America, Spain and Portugal will be on show. Pinta Solo Shows, a regular fair feature, will showcase new work from Argentine César Paternosto, the 82-year-old abstract sculpturist.
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Olympia International Arts & Antiques
June 6-16; Olympia Exhibition Centre, London; www.olympia-antiques.com
Modern British paintings, Art Deco jewellery and 17th-century Italian textiles are just some of the sundry items on show at this year’s art and antiques fair. A series of talks running alongside the event tends towards the esoteric, and includes cane specialist Geoffrey Breeze’s “The walking stick: sex, violence and money” on June 7.
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June 13-16; Halls 1 & 2 of Messe Basel, Messeplatz, Switzerland; www.artbasel.com
Established in 1970, the mother of the modern art fair chalks up its 44th edition this year. Expansive as ever, it brings together 4,000 artists and 300 galleries from five continents. Every medium is present and correct, with paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, prints, photography and performance all jostling for attention.
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June 27-July 3; South Grounds, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London; www.masterpiecefair.com
This fine art, antiques and design event is still in its infancy but looks likely to become a regular in the international art fair calendar. The Royal Hospital Chelsea setting (an upmarket retirement home for soldiers) is considered sumptuous by some, stuffy by others.
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