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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Must-sees at the 15th KIAF in Seoul

One of the most important international art fairs focusing on the Asian scene has just closed. This year, Taiwan was the guest of honour at the KIAF in Seoul, presenting works frorm eleven galleries. A total of 170 international galleries were invited to the event. The Galleries Association of Korea — the body behind the fair — summoned 130 international art-market personalities to come and discover the different stands. This fair helps strengthen KIAF’s role on the Korean scene, but also raises the international visibility of emerging artists on the Asian scene. In 2016, eight artists stood out: Choi Jeong Hwa, SeYeol Oh, YunKyung Jeong, Kim ByungJong, Haegue Yang, Seongmin Ahn, Yoon Suk One and...

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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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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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