Blue-Chip Chinese Artists Sell Alongside International Heavyweights At Abu Dhabi Art Fair

Unidentified Buyers Purchase Works By Ai Weiwei, Zeng Fanzhi, Yan Pei Ming

Untitled (Huali wood) by Ai Weiwei was sold at the Abu Dhabi Art Fest

Untitled (Huali wood) by Ai Weiwei was sold at the Abu Dhabi Art Fest

The recently concluded Abu Dhabi Art Fair was a success in more ways than one for top Chinese contemporary artists. Not only were they exhibited alongside other global heavy-hitters like Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol, but works by Ai Weiwei, Zeng Fanzhi and Yan Pei Ming sold to unnamed collectors and institutions.

All three artists were represented at the fair by major international galleries, with Ai represented by Gallery Hyundai, Zeng by Hanart TZ Gallery, and Yan by David Zwirner.

As Lindsay Pollock points out this week, in addition to the sales the Abu Dhabi fair also featured a series of panels with Jeff Koons, dealers Jay Jopling and David Zwirner, as well as reps from MoCA Los Angeles, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

The inclusion of blue-chip Chinese artists at this event, and exhibition of their works alongside some of the best artists from around the world, further indicates the extent to which China’s top contemporary artists have truly become a part of the global art fold.

"Michael Jackson" by Yan Pei Ming also sold at the Abu Dhabi Art Fair (Image by Flickr user Danny McL)

"Michael Jackson" by Yan Pei Ming also sold at the Abu Dhabi Art Fair (Image by Flickr user Danny McL)

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