From 30 October until 2nd November 2015, the 22nd edition of ART TAIPEI will transform the 23,450 square metres of the Tapei World Trade Centre, in the capital city of Taiwan, into a site to discover the treasures of the rich diversity of the arts in Asia. To accompany the strong presence of galleries from Taiwan, the art fair will feature 38 new galleries from all over Asia, including Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam. However, it is not a fair solely devoted to Asian galleries, also displaying works from galleries in Italy, Russia and the United States. Some of the fair’s highlights include classical Surrealist works by Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali, along with work by the artist Yayoi Kusama, whose Asia tour just finished in Taiwan, and works by well-known Chinese artists Zao Wou-Ki and Walasse Ting. Many galleries are highlighting the works of contemporary artists from East and Southeast Asia; for instance, the future section will provide the platform for galleries outside of Tawian to promote up-and-coming young artists under the age of 35 in solo exhibitions to encourage dialogue between the artist, the viewer and the space. Although ART TAIPEI is an Asian art fair, it is expanding this year and is emphasising its global focus as a fair that is “rooted in Asia, reaching the World.”...

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$1.5 million painting Taiwanese boy punched may be counterfeit

Last weeks buzz about the young 12-year-old Taiwanese boy who tripped and punched through a $1.5 million painting at Taipei’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park has brought about questions regarding who created the painting. While originally thought to be a creation by Paolo Porpora (1617-1673), experts are saying the creator may in fact be Mario Nuzzi (1603-1673), with artnet’s Price Database attributing Composizione con vaso di fiori, the punched painting, to Nuzzi. A buyer was not found for this work in 2012 at an auction at Casa d’Aste Della Rocca in Turin, Italy, with its estimated price of €25,000-€30,000, which raised suspicions of its $1.5 million value. Those who put together the exhibition in which the painting was featured believe the work is by Porpora. But curator Sean Hu of Taipei-based Hu’s Art Company questions the authenticity of the piece. “From a professional’s perspective, if the paintings are so old and expensive, they should not have been exposed to an environment without constant temperature and humidity,” said Hu. Since the damage to the piece was accidental and the painting was insured, the boy and his family are not liable. The damaged canvas is being restored by Leo...

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Taiwanese boy accidentally punches hole through 350-year-old painting

On 23 August 2015 a 12-year-old boy had a nightmare visit to the exhibition “Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius” in Taipei, Taiwan, when he tripped and punched a hole in a 17th century painting. The oil painting by the Italian artist Paolo Porpora was entitled Flowers and was valued at $1.5 million. In footage which was released by the museum, the boy is seen holding a drink in his right hand as he wanders around the exhibition. Not seeing a protection rope, he trips and attempts to use the wall to regain his balance, only to come to the horrifying realisation that he has in fact used one of the exhibits. Sun Chi-hsuan, the curator of the exhibition, confirmed that the boy’s family would not have to pay for the damages, stating that the painting was insured. “The painting’s bottom right is damaged. The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist,” Sun commented. This is not the first time artworks have been accidentally damaged by the public. In 2006 a man knocked over three 18th century Chinese Vases in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and in 2006 the casino magnate Steve Wynn elbowed his way through a Picasso, which he still managed to sell for $155 million at auction in...

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“Returning Sight—The Fissures of Moving Image” at TKG+ Taipei

Until 28 June, gallery TKG+ in Taipei, Taiwan, is hosting the exhibition “Returning Sight—The Fissures of Moving Image”. The exhibition, which deals with how the receiver perceives imagery that connects him with a reality that is no more, brings together the works of Hou I-Ting, Lin Guan-Ming, Niu Chun-Chiang, Tseng Yu-Chin, and Wu I-Yeh. The aim is to provide the image with an autonomy in relation to the symbolism, descriptions, and narrations. The reappearance of the imagery behind speech is explored through Machine Whisper (2015) by Wu I-Yeh, The Presence of Silence by Hou I-Ting, Scenery Other End by Tseng Yu-Chin, Ten Minutes Left by Niu Chun-Chiang, and The Island by Lin Guan-Ming. Gallery TKG+, Tina Keng Gallery, originates from Lin & Keng Gallery, founded in 1992, and opened its offices in 2009. It represents modern and contemporary Asian...

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Young Art Taipei 2015

Young Art Taipei, the only international hotel art fair to focus solely on artists under the age of 45, will take place from 24-26 April 2015. Organisers have announced that this year’s fair is to be held at the Sheraton Grande Taipei. This year’s fair will mark the seventh edition of YAT, and will feature 94 contemporary galleries hailing from ten countries and territories. Work by over 600 young, emerging artists will be on display. Expanding on last year’s 72 galleries, organisers hope to see the fair join the ranks of Asia’s leading contemporary art events. In addition to the main displays, this year’s event will feature a new section dedicated to photography, entitled “PHOTO EYE”. The show will be curated by noted Taiwanese photographer, Chao-Liang Shen; director and founder of Lianzhou Foto International Photography Festival, Duan Yuting; judge of the Kimura Ihei photography award, Seto Masato; and director and co-founder of Singapore International Photography Festival, Gwen Lee. The section will showcase the work of emerging contemporary photographers from Taiwan, China, Japan, and...

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