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Emerging Artists Lent Vitality to an Otherwise Muted Art Beijing
BEIJING— The Art Beijing art fair wrapped yesterday after four days distinguished by modest sales in what was overall a quiet affair, following the script written by its rival event, last month's slow-moving China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE). It seems that Beijing may not be big enough for two fairs competing for the same pool of collectors.
Just shy of 80 galleries took part in Art Beijing and, as with CIGE, these were mostly domestic outfits. Most participating dealers agreed that sales were slightly better than last year and declared themselves happy with the experience, which saw some 33,000 people visit during the fair's run.
Taiwan-based Tina Keng gallery — which will open a new space in Beijing this month — participated in both CIGE and Art Beijing and was a standout success at both. Their Art Beijing booth was devoted to the work of Xiaobai Su, whose richly colored abstracts enjoy an established market in China, selling at prices ranging from 1 million RMB to 2.48 million RMB ($154,000 to $382,000).