March 27 2018 | By Alexander Forbes for Artsy
The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Hong Kong
(Above: Installation view of Lévy Gorvy’s Galleries Section, Booth 1C14 at Art Basel in Hong Kong, 2018. © Art Basel.)
If you want to see what’s almost certainly the most expensive work sold at a Hong Kong fair to date, head to Lévy Gorvy’s booth, where Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XII (1975) was purchased for an asking price of $35 million less than two hours into Tuesday’s opening. The work was consigned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s collection and is from the same series of large paintings as Untitled XXV (1977), which set the artist’s auction record of $66.3 million at Christie’s in November 2016—just before Brett Gorvy departed the house to team up with Dominique Lévy. But it’s far from the only draw for the booth.
The gallery’s small room of works by Pat Steir is particularly worth a look. “It’s nice to have a moment to pause like this in a fair,” said Lévy, surveying paintings from her new series, “For Hong Kong” (2017–18)—which, as the title suggests, were made specially for the fair. They continue Steir’s engagement with Sung Dynasty thought, but employ a new color palette, which Lévy said “took courage” for the artist to explore.
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