The two-decade old art fair presents its largest and most global edition to date.
Art Taipei 2015 features a rich programming with exhibitors coming from across the globe. Art Radar explores some of the highlights.
The 22nd edition of Art Taipei will open to the public from 30 October to 2 November 2015 (VIP Preview and Vernissage on 29 October). The fair will be taking over the entire 23,450-square-metre space at the Taipei World Trade Centre for the first time since its inception.
The largest-ever iteration will present emerging and established artists exhibited by 168 galleries from 20 regions across the world. This year’s edition will also focus on highlights from Northeast and Southeast Asia, as well as introduce a new section called Premiere, showcasing works created within the last three years and works never before shown in Taiwan.
The oldest art fair in Asia will also be joined this year by 38 new international exhibitors from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mainland China, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, The United States and Vietnam, including among others, Galleria Continua, AP Contemporary, Silverlens and Equator Art Projects.
The strong line-up of the fair is reinforced by the return of established galleries like Pearl Lam Galleries, ShanghART, Galerie Urs Meile, Eslite Gallery, The Drawing Room and Sundaram Tagore Gallery, among others.
Art Radar walks you through some of the highlights not to be missed in each section of this year’s art fair, which demonstrate how, as the organisers write,
Rooted in Asia, ART TAIPEI 2015 also embraces the art world globally.
1. Galleries – from emerging to established artists
Alongside the presentation of Taiwanese emerging talents by Taiwanese galleries like Tina Keng Gallery, Capital Art Center, Asia Art Center and Eslite Gallery, the 2015 main Galleries section includes galleries showcasing both established and emerging artists from Taiwan and Asia.
Among the highlights presented by Taiwan’s galleries are artists working in contemporary ink, such as Chinese artist Qin Chong, which revives the spirit of ink art through his installation Evolving Ink at Da Xiang Art Space and Taipei Arts Awards 2014 winner Yi-Hong Jian’s new ink and colour work Flight116 at Michael Ku Gallery.
Galleria H. will showcase a selection of works in a variety of media by young British-Pakistani artist Saad Qureshi, who was catapulted to fame after being among the six artists in the BBC’s School Of Saatchi, Moving Museum programme in 2009.
International galleries feature a wide array of works from drawing and painting to sculpture and installation. Stella Zhang explores the process of self-positioning of a woman in different cultures in her mixed media work 0- viewpoint-3-11 at Galerie Du Monde. An installation made of found objects by Rina Banerjee will grace the booth of Ota Fine Arts, while ArtCourt Gallery from Japan will present Kozo Nishino’s large-scale titanium sculpture Sky Memory, shown at the Shanghai Biennale in 2012.
Tokyo Gallery+BTAP (Tokyo, Beijing) has invited Chiharu Nishizawa to create a work with the theme of a religious festival feast on site. The setting of the festival will depict how modern people follow mainstream values and opinions, resulting in limitations to their thoughts.
Galleria Continua will show Belgian visual artist Hans Op de Beeck as well as a mixed media installation by Qiu Zhijie, while Galerie Urs Meile will present the work of the 53th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia Golden Lion winner, Tobias Rehberger.
2. Frontier – new and multimedia art
Dedicated to new media and multimedia art, this section features seven galleries, including:
- 1335 Mabini (Manila)
- a.m. space (Hong Kong)
- Chini Gallery (Taiwan)
- Double Square Gallery (Taiwan)
- Galerie Grand Siecle (Taiwan)
- Mingshan Art (Taiwan)
- Silverlens (Manila, Singapore)
Among the highlights are Silverlens’ presentation of Martha Atienza’s video work Study in Reality No. 4, which explores the changes in the natural environment from different perspectives.
Chini Gallery features video and photography by young Taiwanese artists. Chang Huei- ming (b. 1984), who participated in the Asia Triennial Manchester 2014, destabilizes viewers’ perception of time and space playing with sensorial experience, while Liao Chi-yu explores communal and cross-cultural aspects of everyday life, with a focus on food culture.
3. Future – emerging artists’ solo presentations
Formerly the Young Artists Discovery section, Future is dedicated to international galleries’ solo presentations of up and coming young artists under 35. This year, the section includes eight galleries.
Among the highlights is a solo exhibition of Indonesian Tara Astari Kasenda’s dreamy, blurred images curated by Rifky Effendy for Singapore’s Equator Art Projects. Aike-Dellarco from Shanghai presents Chinese artist Wang Yi’s paintings, which emphasise interweaving geometric shapes to symbolise the complexities of social structures.
At Kuala Lumpur-based Richard Koh Fine Art, Malaysian artist Haffendi Anuar’s multimedia works redefine the relations between technology, media and art, while examining the current social situations of Kuala Lumpur, as well as the complexities of the reality in daily life.
Jakarta’s H Gallery, joining the fair for the first time, will showcase Indonesian artist Joko Herli W.’s work that is at the same time peaceful and dynamic.
4. Made in Taiwan
Made in Taiwan is part of the Future section and allows the international artists’ work to be in dialogue with their contemporary, emerging counterparts in Taiwan. The presentation features eight artists shortlisted by Taiwan’s Ministry for Culture:
- Chen Pei Xin uses Chinese painting techniques to depict scene from dreams.
- Chung He-Hsien’s computer drawings expand the viewer’s imagination.
- Fan Sih-Ci uses common, ball point pens to link movements of body and environment, leading to new perceptions of the world.
- Huang Ko Wei’s long-format paintings feature unlimited viewing perspectives, challenging our senses.
- Huang Po Hsun’s work features colourful abstract and surreal forms.
- Lin Yu- Chun layers ink to reveal the depth of emotions.
- Tseng Chien-Ying asks questions contemporary society, by using Buddhist elements to represent the tension between body and spirit.
- Zhang Xu Zhan’s new media and video works create ridiculous settings that explore the experience of living in the contemporary world with dark humour.
5. Premiere – first look
The Premiere section will be presented for the first time in 2015 and showcases works produced in the last three years, as well as works that have never been shown in Taiwan before. There are 24 galleries from Taiwan and elsewhere in this section.
Taiwan’s Inno Art will present one of Gu Wenda’s controversial works from the “Metamorphosis” series. Art Space Kin Gyo Koo Kan will showcase Moeko Kudo’s My next door neighbours are in the middle of dinner, which won the 2014 Tokyo Wonder Wall Award.
Galerie OVO will present a revival of painting, with new works in oil, acrylic and crayons by artists including Lu Xiao, Yi-Shiang Yang and Ji Futang, redefining contemporary two-dimensional painting and its possibilities.
Eugene Gallery from Korea will bring a selection of artworks ranging from painting to photography and sculpture. Paintings by masters like Lee Ufan and Kim Tschang Yeul will be on show alongside the white, sleek sculptures of contemporary urban female heroes by Gwag Chul and Kim Jae Yong’s colourful, assorted donuts.
C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia
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