Monday night’s substantial collector crowd and reports of strong sales would seem to belie any concerns surrounding neighboring mainland China’s ongoing economic uncertainty. “For where we are now in the early part of the week, sales are on par with this time last year. I think that’s pretty indicative,” explained a seemingly unconcerned Di Pasquale. “I also think that as we’ve seen in other recent times [of uncertainty], collectors are still collecting good work. Good work is still selling, and what we have developed in Hong Kong and the region—definitely China—are passionate connoisseur collectors who don’t just buy because of market trends; they buy because they genuinely like the work. So at the moment, no, [Art Central] hasn’t been affected—but I do think buying has been more considered, there’re fewer rash decisions perhaps. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing [particularly] for the long-term market.”
Certainly, Art Central continues to go from strength to strength, proudly emerging not just as Art Basel in Hong Kong’s younger peer, but a fair confidently asserting its expertise, community, and curatorship.