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In with the New

With new art fairs popping up left, right and center, existing brands face the challenge of staying relevant and distinct from the competition. Art Busan and Frieze New York returned this year with refreshed programs and, in the latter case, a revamped layout. However, fewer high-end sales at Frieze New York left a number of galleries wondering if participation was worth the rental cost. By contrast, galleries seem more willing to show at Chinese fairs, with the inaugural editions of Art Chengdu and Beijing’s JINGART attracting positive participant feedback.

Busan

The seventh edition of Art Busan (April 19–22) welcomed an unprecedented 60,000 visitors. In terms of its lineup, however, the fair has been shrinking—there were 161 participating galleries in 2018, down from 170

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Louis Ho is an independent curator, critic, and art historian whose recent exhibitions include “The Foot Beneath the Flower: Camp. Kitsch. Art. Southeast Asia” at the ADM Gallery of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was previously a cur