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East or West: it’s how you look at it…

"Over 50%” of the galleries at Art Basel Hong Kong are from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, but defining what that means can be difficult

Andy Warhol, Mickey Mouse (Myth Series), 1981, on show with Gagosian. Photo by Marcus L © Norm Yip 2013

The organisers of Art Basel Hong Kong say that “over 50%” of the galleries at the fair are from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. There are, however, different ways of defining the region: the fair includes Australia and the United Arab Emirates, while six galleries with outposts here—including Gagosian (1C05; above, Andy Warhol, Mickey Mouse (Myth Series), 1981), White Cube (1D12) and Galerie Perrotin (1C37)—are officially listed as being from Hong Kong. Marc Spiegler, the director of the Art Basel triumvirate, says that the “only objective way” to classify the galleries is by whether they have a space “in a town or city in Asia”.

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