ASIA NOW is Europe's first boutique art fair devoted to contemporary Asian art
While the 2017 edition explored South Korea's creative territories, ASIA NOW will highlight the richness and dynamism of the young, emerging Japanese artistic scene this year. The fair will host the Japanese Platform curated by Emmanuelle de Montgazon, associate curator of "A Japanese Season" at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2017-2018. The Japanese program will be organized as part of "Japonismes 2018," a series of cultural events celebrating the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese relations.
This year, ASIA NOW will welcome over 10 Chinese galleries, representing the breadth of contemporary Chinese creation through a multitude of group shows and projects by leading artists. Among them, Beijing Commune (Beijing) will devote its collective space to an exhibition around the notions of identity featuring Ma Qiusha, Xie Molin, and Zhao Yao, MadeIn Gallery (Shanghai) returns with Xu Zhen, Tang Contemporary Art (Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing) presents Cai Lei, Xu Xiaoguo and Zhao Zhao, and Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai) shows Ye Linghan.
Meanwhile, the international galleries A2Z Art Gallery (Hong Kong, Paris), DANYSZ gallery (Paris, Shanghai, London), and New Galerie (Paris) will dedicate their spaces to Chinese artists Li Donglu, Li Hongbo, and Li Shurui, respectively. Other participating Chinese artists include Xiao Ge and Liu Yujie (Amy Li Gallery, Beijing), Nabuqi, He Wei, and Wu Di (C-Space+Local, Beijing), Du Jie, Pu Yingwei, and Zhang Fan (Ginkgo Space, Beijing), Hao Shiming, Lu Chao, and Qian Jiahua (HdM Gallery, Beijing, London), Tan Ping, Hu Renyi, and Chen Lizhu (Leo Gallery, Shanghai, Hong Kong), and Dexi Tian, Lan Zhaoxing, and Li Xia (Tong Gallery+Projects, Beijing).
The 2018 edition is also distinguished by a selection of renowned southeast Asian artists represented by Filipino galleries. The three participating galleries, from Makati City, will represent the contemporary local scene: The Drawing Room (Makati City) returns this year with the works of Vermont Coronel Jr., Alvin Gregorio, and Dominic Mangila, while newcomer Finale Art File (Makati City) will show works by Ayka Go. Another newcomer from the Philippines, Vinyl on Vinyl (Makati City), will show works by Reen Barrera, Akira Miyamoto, Tekla Tamorio, and Pinky Urmaza.