Asian Vision Redefines: Major Galleries and First Wave of Featured Works at ART TAIPEI 2017

The 24th annual ART TAIPEI 2017 will be held from October 20th to 23rd at Taipei World Trade Center. As the longest running art fair in Asia, ART TAIPEI serves as one of the most influential fairs and an indispensable platform for connecting art markets in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. This year’s exhibition will gather 123 top-notch art galleries from 15 different countries, including 62 from Taiwan, 19 from Hong Kong and China, 25 from Japan and Korea, and 7 from Southeast Asia. Among all the galleries from abroad, 14 of them are first-time participants in ART TAIPEI. This exhibition includes nearly 3,000 excellent works by artists ranging from young talents to contemporary masters. With “Asian Vision” as its theme, ART TAIPEI 2017 introduces new contemporary art styles from Asia in response to changes in the global art market. Moreover, it maintains its commitment to promoting art diversity in Asia, overcoming geographical constraints and positioning itself as a center for international exchange.

Following the blueprint of past editions, ART TAIPEI 2017 will divide its exhibition space into four main areas. Galleries, the main exhibition area, will be dedicated to art creations suitable for Biennale exhibitions or art museums. Future and “MIT: Taiwan Young Artists Connection with the World” aim to promote emerging artists both local and foreign. Frontier will focus on new art trends that break away from tradition and create new materials. Finally, Public will mainly constitute large-scale public art, in which the relationship between artworks and public space will be redefined.

Galleries: Return of the Big Galleries as the Leaders of Contemporary Asian Art Trends

Whitestone Gallery, which recently opened a branch in Taipei, has chosen “Matter and Motif” as their curatorial concept, introducing works by Gutai, the most influential art group in post-war Japan. Miassimo De Carlo, which entered Hong Kong last year, will be participating in ART TAIPEI for the first time. Through dialogues between East and West, it will exhibit works by Lee Kit; Yan Pei-Ming; Lucio Fontana, a quintessential figure of Spatialism; Enrico Castellani, an avant garde master of the Zero Movement in the 1960s; and John Armleder, a Fluxus artist.

Beijing Commune has been representing and pushing new generation artists, such as Ma Qiusha, Liang Yuanwei, Wang Guangle, and Yang Xinguang. In particular, Yang had been previously nominated for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. In addition, it will bring the installation art series, “Wood”, by artist Hu Xiaoyuan, who has been featured in the Kassel Documenta, as well as works by Lu Yang, a female artist who has attracted much attention in the areas of new media and BioArt. On another end, ShanghART will bring the black-and-white photography series, “The Window’s World”, by Geng Jianyi, who has just received the “Artist of the Year Award” from Award of Art China.  He was also invited to Venice Biennale this year.  It will also feature works representing new contemporary art trends in China by artists, such as Li Shan and Chen Wei.

Eslite Gallery will launch a solo exhibition for the late artist Tommy Chen, founder of Tong Fang Art Group who passed away earlier this year. This exhibition will represent the bold, unrestrained creative energy and abundant colors of early Taiwan abstract art, and to show the spirit of daring to break and recreate by the art masters of that era. As for Lin & Lin Gallery, their curatorial plan is titled, “Abnormal II”, which includes five artists from different eras and backgrounds—Sanyu, Hsia Yan, Chen Chieh-jen, Kuo Wei kuo, and Liu Wei.  It will discuss the diverse discourse of art in depth. Asia Art Center will focus their exhibition on their long-term theme, “The Spirit of the East”, and divide their exhibition areas into two sections, “The Pioneers of Modernism” and “Classic Masters”, presenting works by artists notably Jiang Ji’an, Sanyu, Gao Xingjian, Yang Chihung, and Li Chen to depict the cross-cultural diverse aspects of 20th century overseas Chinese.

Soka Art Center will present works by six artists from China, Japan, and Taiwan—Hong Ling, Mao Xuhui, Liang Quan, Mitsuhiro Ikeda, Hsi Shih-Pin, and Lin Bao-Ling—whose works are unique in their visual discourse due to originating from different regions in Asian that have different historical contexts, cultural heritages, and social realities. In contrast, Liang Gallery will launch diverse and rich results of Taiwanese art in the past nearly one hundred years through the late master Chen Cheng-Po’s work on paper, through the mixed-media paintings of new stars Lin Hung-Hsin and Leo Wang, and through Chen I-Chun and Hsu Chia-Wei’s avant garde video art.

Da Xiang Art Space will present six artists’ works that are rich in both academic value and market potential. For example, Huang Zan Lun’s “Androids” tell the story of the impact of mechanical technology and artificial intelligence on human beings, whereas Hou Shan Hu creates with Chinese ink, connecting media language with one’s spiritual world. On the other hand, Capital Art Center will exhibit works by five Taiwan artists, notably the Father of Contemporary Chinese Ink, Liu Kuo-Sung, to present the sense and sensibility in art through different creative styles. Chini Gallery will feature abstractionism works by the artist Jo Hsieh, who studied in Great Britain, and display works by artists including Richard Lin, Ho Kan, and Hsu Yu-Jen to discuss the trend of Asian abstract art.

Metaphysical Art Gallery will present works from seven Asian contemporary artists, notably the dynamic artist U-Ram Choe from South Korea, Yayoi Kusama from Japan, and Tao, Wen-Yueh from Taiwan. Bluerider ART, under the theme “Imaginary Reality”, will present works by three international contemporary artists—Desire Obtain Cherish, Marck, and Nick Veasey—who present various artistic views through different materials and perspectives. Likewise, Nou Gallery will present works by international artists Tony Cragg and Xu Bing. Domestic art galleries such as Ever Harvest Art Gallery, Cloud Gallery, Fish Art Center, and Parkview Green ART will also bring exciting creations by contemporary artists under their wing.

Future: From Taiwan and Abroad Exchange through Solo Exhibitions

Two important features which ART TAIPEI has been focusing on are the “Future” section, which features new artists under 35 years old presented by 8 local and foreign galleries, and the “Made in Taiwan Young Artist Discovery”, supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China. Silverlens Galleries from the Philippines will bring “Bad Painting” styled works by Pow Martinez, who intentionally twist portraits and breaks down city scenery to challenge the viewers’ concepts of traditional forms and aesthetics. Taro Gallery from Japan will launch works by Ahhi Choi, whose creations feature a rich visual language that depict the sublimity of nature with vivid colors and undulating curvy lines.  Other galleries from Hong Kong (Grotto Fine Art), China (Bennus Space), Japan (COMBINE/BAMI), the Philippines (Vinyl on Vinyl), Indonesia (H Gallery), and the United States (W. Ming Art) will launch solo exhibitions to introduce rising stars from their countries for an exchange with local Taiwanese artists.

Frontier: Highlights the Avant Garde Characteristics of New Materials

Ikkan Art Gallery from Singapore will contribute to Frontier with the “Fleeting Flower Series” by the Japanese art group Teamlab. The four pieces of single-channel video works they will present—Chrysanthemum Tiger, Lotus Elephant, Peony Peacock, and Sunflower Phoenix—combine Japanese dreamy aesthetics and superb digital technology. As flowers blossom and wither, images of things are revealed in or disappear from a boundless and ever-continuing life. See Art from Taiwan will feature a series of digital images taken under a macro lens from 2014 to 2017 by Hsu Hui-Hsuan that open up virtual dimensions through multiple observations of the images themselves. Other galleries, including Gallery Exit from Hong Kong, GALLERY LEE & BAE from South Korea, Vin Gallery from Vietnam, La Lanta Fine Arts from Thailand, and Up Gallery and Boss Art Gallery from Taiwan, will all bring video creations full of experimental characteristics.

Public: Transcends the Constraints of Conventional Display

This year, ART TAIPEI invites Annie Ivonova, a famous international curator, to organize the international public art exhibition. With a focus on international artists, Public will include video installation, site-specific works, and performance art—exhibitions that break away from conventional public art that mainly focus on sculptures. Having received much acclaim and praise, Ivanova has previously collaborated with most world renowned art institutes, such as Centre Pompidou, the Barbican Center in the City of London, the Smithsonian Institute in the United States, and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Art Lectures: The Rise of Private Art Museums

ART TAIPEI 2017 has planned art lectures on the topic, “The Rise of Private Art Museums.” Cooperating with famous local and foreign private art institutes, the lecture will conduct a study on a private collections’ transformation into a public display.

Exhibition Information

SVIP Preview
12:00-15:00 October 19, Thursday, 2017

VIP Preview
15:00-21:00 October 19, Thursday, 2017
11:00-14:00 October 20, Friday, 2017

Public Opening
14:00-19:00 October 20, Friday, 2017
11:00-19:00, October 21-22, Saturday and Sunday, 2017
11:00-18:00, October 23, Monday, 2017

Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1
No. 5 Hsin-Yi Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei City 11011, Taiwan, R.O.C