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I’m Calvin Hui, Co-chairman and Director of Fine Art Asia, a leading international fine art fair in Hong Kong. I’m also the co-founder and Artistic Director of 3812 Contemporary Art Projects.
How can a fair differentiate itself from the others?
The culture understanding of what you would like to present in the art fair. This is very important. You have to build your personality and character. You also have to deliver the message to the collectors or to the market what you believe in terms of good quality art.
How has the fair culture evolved in Hong Kong since Fine Art Asia’s first edition in 2006?
The art market was still quite primitive at that time. And there was no Art Hong Kong, no contemporary art fair in Asia. That’s why I would say we were a forerunner. And in 2008, we would see a lot of happenings in this area, in this region: art fairs, auction, and then the art market in Asia began to boom. So we would see the difference within this four to six years, which is a good sign for the art market when there are so many happenings and so many overseas galleries and artworks coming to Hong Kong or to Asia.
Do you agree that there are too many art fairs running?
I totally agree, and this is also the fact that art fair is now really globalised. I would say it’s like a globalisation of art fair. Because the development of the contemporary art market, and also the fine art market in Asia, more and more art fair organisers would like to expand their business, and also to attract some new clients in this growing economy.
What would you describe the general appetite of Hong Kong collectors?
I found that collectors become more choosey. They just not go for artworks which art critics or auction house told you that “this piece has a lot of potentials in the future”. I think collectors began to go for quality of the works, learn more about the artist. And then fundamentally I think that a lot of collectors still collect because of their personal pleasure for their own collection.
What advice do you have for young collectors?
I want to focus on patience, because young collectors, they would choose contemporary arts. Then there are so many contemporary artists now in the markets, and the “production” is quite huge. That’s why I would say, take more time to learn about yourself, your preference; to get to know about the artist, his background, his personality, the way he creates art; to learn more before you seriously collect.
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