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Art Taipei, one of the three biggest art fairs in Asia, will run from Nov. 8 through 11 at the Taipei World Trade Center's Exhibition Hall One in Xinyi District. More than 3,000 artworks - from 500 artists, 148 galleries and 15 countries - will be up for sale at the annual extravaganza.
The 2013 Art Taipei is titled "20 AFTER, AFTER 20” in a tribute to both its first 20th anniversary and its hope to grow and celebrate its next 20 years. Given that one of fair's core objectives is to elevate Taiwan's homegrown art industry, this year's organizers have helped to distribute the fair's resources and exhibition space more evenly among local and overseas galleries.
Among the exhibiting galleries, 78 are foreign and 70 are local. What is different about this year's event is that many of these galleries have requested more space for their booths so they can arrange their works in a more exhibition-like manner.
Ben Brown Fine Arts will present the works of Damien Hirst, whose projects using animal bodies have sparked certain controversies. Among the other participating artists are Tracey Emin and Jim Lambie from the United Kingdom, and Wawi Navarroza from the Philippines.
The works of late Chinese-French master painter Zao Wou Ki and fellow painter Chu Te Chun, as well as those by contemporary Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Yoshitomo Nara, will also be on display.
The "Art Classic” section will feature modernism works from the 19th and 20th centuries, including those by senior Taiwanese painters Lee Shi-chiao and Liao Chih-chun; the "New Media” section will display artworks using advanced technology and mixed media; and the "Fresh Art” and "Young Art Discovery” sections will focus on the innovative spirit and vitality of Taiwan's upcoming new artists.
To help more members of the general public to have their own art collections, Art Taipei has launched the "First Art” program since 2009. Participating galleries are invited to exhibit artworks priced at US$2,000 or less for sale. The program, which introduces the works of both new artists and some smaller pieces by established veterans, aims to make art collection more affordable.
Other major events to take place at the fair are the "Art Taipei Forum” and a series of six art lectures. The theme this year is "Asia as a Concept” and will feature renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama as the keynote speaker.
The forum focusing on "Asian values” will discuss the strategies in recreating the success of a free cultural port such as Hong Kong, as well as contemporary art trends in Southeast Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. The six lectures are free, but admission to the forum requires NT$2,000 (US$68) each.
Taiwanese singer Yoga Lin, the spokesperson for Art Taipei's 2013 charity program, "One Love, One Art,” will also attend the fair to promote an annual charity sale on Nov. 9. All proceeds from the program will go towards art education in remote regions around Taiwan.
For more information on Art Taipei, the longest-running art fair in Asia, please visit www.art-taipei.com.