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7 Best Solo Booths at Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016.

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016. (Photo: Jessica Hromas/Art Basel Hong Kong 2016)

Art Basel in Hong Kong wrapped its fourth edition boasting more than 70,000 visitors—the brand’s newest edition is starting to rival its sister fairs in Miami Beach and Basel, Switzerland, as a top global destination to see and be seen.

While Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his gallerist pal Helly Nahmad raced through the aisles with Art Basel Global Director Marc Spiegler at the VIP Preview, New Yorkers like Guggenheim Museum Director Richard Armstrong, Brooklyn Museum Director Anne Pasternak and Whitney Museum Curator Christopher Lew lingered for a few days to take in the amazing range of art presented by the 239 galleries exhibiting at the fair.

Most galleries chose to hedge their bets, offering a mix of works by established and emerging artists in their stables, but a few dealers decided to put their money on one artist and take a chance on the outcome. Seven of those exhibitors caught the Observer’s eye.

Frank Stella at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Galleries sector, Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016.

Frank Stella at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Galleries sector, Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of Art Basel)

New York’s Marianne Boesky Gallery brought its top gun, 79-year-old superstar artist Frank Stella. The gallery featured his massive 2014 sculpture Wooden Star I alongside digitally assisted pieces from his Scarlatti K series. The teak wood sculpture, as well as the abstract works from the computer rendered series that have digitally printed plastic stars incorporated in their stainless steel forms, were recently exhibited in the venerable artist’s Whitney Museum of American Art retrospective, which travels to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in April. The works on view at the booth were priced between $275,000 and $2.5 million.

William Kentridge at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Capetown. Galleries sector, Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016.

William Kentridge at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Capetown. Galleries sector, Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of Art Basel)