ART ASIA Miami 2011 Catalog

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international asian contemporary art miami 2011 nov 30 dec 4

WelcomeART ASIAs proud return to Miami celebrates our fourth edition and ongoing mission to explore and expose international contemporary Asian art in all its diversity. Art Asia Miami 2011 is pleased to introduce top galleries from the USA, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam that represent a vast range of present-day artists from across the Asian Diaspora. ART ASIA Miami 2011 continues our innovative and exhilarating special projects series: ART ASIA Presents. This years projects include the world premiere of Fang Lijuns new woodblock prints, Mu Ban Shui Yin ; Abdallah Akars new One Thousand and One Nights; a group show, Emerging Voices from Iran and the Iranian Diaspora; Yigit Yazicis Journey Home ; and Laurens Tans multimedia installation Happy Toy. Please dip further into the catalogue to find out more about these artists and their work, as well as ART ASIA Miami 2011s rich program of curatorial tours and cocktail parties. We are honored and excited for you to join us, as we continue to savor and expand the understanding of contemporary Asian art from all over the globe.

location

ART ASIA Miami Midtown NE 1st Ave @ NE 30th St. Miami, FL 33127

VerniSSAGe(invitation only)

GenerAL ADMiSSiOn(open to public)

TuesdayNovember 29, 2011 4 pm8 pm

WednesdaySaturday, November 30December 3, 2011 11 am7 pm Sunday, December 4, 2011 11 am6 pm

ART ASIA Fair PO Box 246 New York, NY 10009 P +1 212 268 6148 F +1 212 409 8495 www.artasiafair.com Director and Co-Founder Jeffrey Lawson jlawson@artasiafair.com

staff

exhibitor relations Associate Helen Bu hbu@artasiafair.com Oprations Dan Laburu Jill Gordon operations@artasiafair.com Graphic Designer Audria Brumberg www.unityandform.com iT Support Joe Unander joe_unander@alum.rit.edu intern Linda Rucina intern@artfairsunlimited.com ArT ASiA would like to thank the following individuals and institutions: Dan Hort James MacDonald The City of Miami Eventstar The State of Florida Fortrex SCOPE Art Show Developers Diversified Realty Chesley Hicks Lenor Ryan Judith VanHove Roger Bartlett The Office of Mayor Gimenez Johan Pedraza The Office of Governor Scott Marco Tiapago Alain Perez Moya Solutions Alex Melillo

GalleriesAiBo Fine Asian Art ART LEXNG Crimson Gate Da Xiang Art Space Dialogue Space Eli Klein Fine Art Ethan Cohen Fine Arts Exhibit A Fine Art and Editions FEAST Projects Galley G-77 Galerie GAIA Galerie Kashya Hildebrand Galerie Ora-Ora Grotto Fine Art Limited HAT ART FRUIT Karin Weber Gallery

BoothB13 A5 D29 D1 B17 A1 B25 D9 B9 D37 D21 B1 A17 D17 C5 D25

GalleriesKhankhalaev Gallery KIMJAESUN Gallery NINE GALLERY SUNDARAM TAGORE GALLERY Tally Beck Contemporary Ullens Center For Contemporary Art Zadok Gallery

BoothA13 D33 A9 B21 C9 C1 D13

art asia presentsa. Mu Ban Shui Yin by FANG Lijun b. One Thousand and One Nights by Abdallah Akar c. Emerging Voices from Iran and the Iranian Diaspora by Soody Sharifi | Hadieh Shafie | Aghighi Bakhshayeshi | Maryam Ashkanian | Asad Faulwell | Sissi Farassat d. Sculpture Project Journey Home by Yigit Yazici e. Happy Toy by Laurens Tan

special proJects

art asia presents

fanG lijun mu Ban shui yin

(water-based woodblock print) Co-published by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and PACE Prints (New York, USA) Artist: Fang Lijun

Fang Lijun was one of the leaders of the Cynical Realist movement of the early 1990s. His muted, solemn scenes and self-portraits have become some of the most iconic images of contemporary Chinese art and are still found relevant today. Well versed in painting, sculpture and installation, Fang Lijun is most noted for his powerful and innovative woodcuts. Co-opting this typical Social Realist technique, Lijun composes large, bold images consisting of several values or colors, often printing the scene over a series of adjoining hanging scrolls. The special exhibit at Art Asia will be a world premiere of selected, new woodcuts never before seen outside of the artists studio. These woodcuts are of a technique called (mubanshuiyin) . This technique has been described as a blending of traditional woodcut and lithography, and is greatly respected as a perfect culmination of an artists sculptural, painting and printing talents. Editions are being co-produced by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and PACE Prints.

Fang Lijun Untitled, 2010 50 x 70 cm woodblock print

art asia presents

one thousand and one nightsCurated by Galerie Kashya Hildebrand (Zurich, Switzerland) Artist: Abdallah Akar

Arabian Nights, 2011 43 x 43 x 300 cm mixed media

Abdallah Akar

Tunisian artist Abdallah Akars installation One Thousand and One Nights was inspired not only by the collection of folk tales by the same name, but also by the recent events of the Arab Spring. For Akar, the common element found in the ancient stories and the unfolding of current events is the idea of destiny that manifests itself through the stories as an anomaly. Connecting this to the contemporary moment, Akar has been inspired by the revolution and changes that have continued as though it is indeed destiny.

The power of this moment will be recounted for future generations as a new tale, marking the dawn of a new era. This installation celebrates the development of these revolutionary events, including the recent democratic elections held in Tunisia, as yet another stage and another story. The combination of transparency and vibrant colors in the work becomes a metaphor to express the optimism Akar feels as a result of the uprising and the hope for future transparency in government and life for those who are living in the Middle East.

art asia presents

Mujahidat No. 8 , 2009

Asad Faulwell

122 x 92 cm mixed media

emerging voices from iran and the iranian diasporaCurated by Galerie Kashya Hildebrand (Zurich, Switzerland) Artists: Soody Sharifi | Hadieh Shafie | Aghighi Bakhshayeshi | Maryam Ashkanian | Asad Faulwell | Sissi Farassat

Emerging Voices will present artists working on both sides of Irans borders; it will deliver rare and unexpected insights into the artistic energy of a culture that is constantly evolving and adapting both within and outside of the country. Bringing these works together will create a dialogue between the different ways these artists address some fundamental themes of society, popular culture and religion. For those artists living in exile, there is often a sense of belonging neither here nor there that provides a sense of detachment as well as engagement. The artists living within Iran, however, face restrictions on their freedom of expression, and translate their energy into artworks that often focus on issues relating to their everyday life. What makes all the selected artists important is that their practices go beyond the realm of mere depiction; they provide viewers with tangible, sensual experiences that invite them into various modes of being that would otherwise be inaccessible.

art asia presents

sculpture project Journey homeCurated by Hat Art Fruit (Istanbul, Turkey) Artist: Yigit Yazici

this train will lead us home this train is our inner journey from forgetting to remembering from remembering to forgetting from farewells to reunifications from unifications to farewells this train follows circles circles of our life we are in the center deep seated as a tree and lifetrain goes around us in circles from adventure to adventure ... to proceed on ones journey ... Remembering who you are, giving meaning to life, then forgetting again, but still proceeding on your own journey. Train symbolizes my life, passing through colors, shapes and concepts. Beginnings, endings and in the middle of all that I AM I AM, who is the seer, giver of meanings, interpreter, I include or exclude and proceed on my journey as a train, with courage and faith

without giving up. I see images coming up to me in this world of creation. I select among them and pass by to follow on my path. On one hand I know I could have found different symbols to say that train is only an object, it exists because I decided so by choosing it as a representation, I gave it a meaning. Train becomes a three-dimensional being outside of the painting Imposing, metallic and coming from the memories ... A dense curiosity within me: what if the train in my painting comes to life and flies out of it to our reality ? How would it look? What kind of perception would this create in me? How would I feel? I will experience this feeling in ART ASIA Miami 2011. I am excited. ................................................................. Yigit Yazici November 2011, Istanbul

Yigit Yazici

Journey Home, 2011

plexiglas, aluminum cut-out and cut-out letters

art asia presentshappy toy laurens tanCurated by Tally Beck Contemporary (Bangkok, Thailand / New York, USA) Artist: Laurens TanLaurens TanDan Sheng (Birth) from the Depth of Ease Series, Version 2 , 2011

Happy Toy is Tans multimedia installation concentrating on themes of Chinas linguistics, technology and culture of fabrication. Amalgamating sculpture, architectural and animated space, music, graphics, film and industrial design, Tans artwork explores the dynamism of contemporary urban China in his language of playful, witty semiotics. Tan focuses on the ambiguities in the interpretation of Chinese characters by analyzing the transformation of language and meaning through his text-based installations.

295 x 108 x 120 cm fiberglass, steel, sanluche parts, baked enamel

exhiBitors

fine art 13 a i B os i a n TH B BOO a

DANG xuan Hoa Afternoon, 2011 35 x 45 in., 90 x 115 cm oil on canvas

HA manth Thang