“Art Taipei 2016”

Art Taipei: Harvest season for the Asian art scene

Art Taipei, taking advantage of its geographic location at the centre of the South East Asia, could boast of another fruitful year by the time it concluded on 15 November. For this edition, it welcomed 150 participants with 30,000 visitors. The fair also drew a record number of newcomers: 55 applicant galleries from which 38 were finally selected. Created 23 years ago, Art Taipei has positioned itself as a platform for the promotion of Taiwanese artists and local culture. After years of development, it has eventually grown into one of the largest platforms for South East Asian Art, where galleries show major Asian art movements and feature representative artists. Beginning with local galleries, Soka Art Center highlighted the works of Hong Ling, an artist who imports the Western medium of oil-on-canvas to draw landscapes and illustrate philosophies from Chinese artistic heritage. Offering a contribution to the world of Chinese landscape painting that is unparalleled in its vibrancy, he is considered as one of the most important figures in Chinese contemporary-art history. In addition, with the support of Soka Art Center and the UNEEC Culture and Education Foundation, a touring Hong Ling retrospective was launched successively at the Brunei Gallery of SOAS University of London and the Chester Beatty Library in Ireland in July, and will continue until next January providing an excellent echo to the fair exhibition. To show its deep roots in the Asian art scene as the first Taiwanese gallery to open a branch in mainland China, Soka Art also brought a group of established artists, such as Liang Quan, Kusama Yayoi and Yoshitomo Nara, as well as emergent artists like Hsi Shih-Pin and Mitsuhiro Ikeda. Lin&Lin Gallery proposed an eclectic list with various works from artists from the 1950s and 1960s as well as younger artists. Highlights...

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