Art Paris Art Fair, the world-fair
Contemporary Art | Art Paris Art Fair #2016 concludes its cycle honoring Greater Asia with a focus on South Korea. For its 18th year, eight South Korean galleries have been invited to the Grand Palais to enter into a dialogue with twenty or so other represented nations.
The 2016 Art Paris Art Fair opens with 143 galleries from 21 countries, with Azerbaijan, Columbia, and Iran participating for the first time. This selection is quantitatively the same as last year, but evidences a stronger European and French presence. Magnin-A, Daniel Templon and Nathalie Obadia are some of the 81 participating French galleries (56%/ +6 points from last year) ; with a quarter of them coming from provincial cities, such as J-P Ritsch Fisch (Strasbourg) and Gourvennec Ogor, Béa-Ba and Najuma from Marseille. 122 of the 143 exhibitors are European (85%/ +6 points from last year) while 14 are Asian (10%) and 3 are from the United States.
After focusing on Singapore and South-East Asia, Art Paris Art Fair takes a closer look at the dynamic South Korean art scene this year though a discerning selection of 80 artists exhibited by 8 Korean and 20 or so Western galleries. Curated by Sang-A-Chun, the fair explores Korean identity from the 1960’s to the present day, from modernists such as Ung-No Lee to contemporary artists like Chun Kwang Young, including representatives of Dansaekhwa such as Lee Ufan, a master of Korean chromatic painting. The final chapter in the fair’s exploration of the contemporary Asian scene, the 2016 fair also marks the 130th anniversary of the 1886 Franco-Korean trade and navigation treaty.
Publié le 02/03/2016
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