ART FAIRS CONTEMPORARY ART YOUNG ART SPACES
Two Japanese art spaces are in the running for this year’s Maurice Lacroix Art Award for New Contemporaries. In April, an international jury will determine who has the best fair stand among the forty young international galleries displaying in the New Contemporaries section of Art Cologne 2011.
According to a recent press release:
Each newcomer will be allocated a thirty square meter exhibition stand. … During the course of the fair, a … jury will select and present the Maurice Lacroix Art Award for New Contemporaries to the best stand among the forty young galleries.
Two Japanese galleries exhibiting
Nanzuka Underground (Tokyo)
The gallery was founded in 2005 by Shinji Nanzuka, an art history graduate of WASEDA University born in 1978. According to the gallery’s statement on Artnet, Nanzuka Underground “tries to find artists … which are out of the framework of the art system after the war, and works to grow young artists who will open possibilities of the art scene in the future.” It currently represents artists from Japan, the USA and Germany; among those by the gallery are Tanaami Keiichi (b. 1936), young photographer Noritoshi Hirakawa and Tomoki Kurokawa (b. 1975). The space is also interested in promoting crossover between art and other creative industries such as fashion, design and merchandising.
Super Window Project (Kyoto)
Gallerist Baron Osuna launched Super Window Project in December 2007. According to the space’s blurb on Artfacts.net, the space was “born originally as a reflection think unit, were contemporary artists are invited to work and exhibit” and its “programme challenges the activity and the relevance of the gallery as [an] active creation tool.” Super Window Project is an active participant in Japan’s art fair scene and has been seen at Art Fair Tokyo, Art Osaka and Ultra Kyoto. It represents artists from Japan, Europe (mostly France) and the USA.
About Art Cologne 2011
From the press release:
The 45th Art Cologne will open its doors from 13 to 17 April 2011. For a total of five days, about 190 international top galleries will once again be presenting works of modern and post-war art, and contemporary art. … Exhibiting galleries will present paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and photography, works on paper, editions and multiples. … Museum exhibitions and a variety of special events in the city will offer further highlights during the Art Cologne.
- Young Japanese curators bankrolled by Takashi Murakami – Japan Times – February 2010 – on newbie curator group 0000’s quick rise to art stardom
- Emphasis on viewer experience not sales: Vitamin Creative, Cao Fei at Frieze – November 2010 – a young Chinese art space presents an innovative stand at Frieze
- Japanese gallery MEM re-opens in new Tokyo space with RongRong & inri exhibition – October 2010 – a new venue for this Japanese artist-focussed space
- Lee Ufan-dedicated museum opens on Japanese island – The Japan Times – August 2010 – summarises an interview with the Korean-born Ufan
- Murakami opens new gallery in Taipei, says Taiwan’s art market 10 years ahead of Japan – July 2010 – Kaikai Kiki a significant addition to Taiwan’s contemporary art landscape