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Art Taipei brings the best in Asian art to Taiwan

Photo by A visitor is seen checking on the art works displayed in the Art Taipei yesterday.

Photo by A visitor is seen checking on the art works displayed in the Art Taipei yesterday.

A record-breaking number of local and international galleries will be joining this year's Art Taipei, the longest-standing art fair in Asia, which kicked off today at the Taipei World Trade Center. Featuring a total of six themed areas and 110 galleries from 11 countries, the annual art festival is guaranteed to offer art lovers, investors and artists alike a rare opportunity to feast their eyes on a spectacular variety of art forms in a single event.
"As the most important annual art expo in Asia, Art Taipei is getting bigger in scale each year," said Emile Sheng, minister of the Cabinet-level Council for Cultural Affairs yesterday at the opening press conference of the event in Taipei.
Sheng added that as the world is beginning to recover from the current economic downturn, this year's fair is expected to achieve a remarkable record for transactions.
"Hopefully Art Taipei 2010 will be able to break the previous record of a total of NT$780 million in transactions and 72,000 visitors during its five-day span," Sheng added.
Sheng also noted that the focal point for this year is to showcase the works of eight talented local young artists in an area entitled Made in Taiwan - Young Artist Discovery,” with an aim to increasing the visibility of young Taiwanese artists on the world art scene.
Another attraction this year is Ela-video. The organizers of the area invited the well-known Australian award-winning curator Antoanetta Ivanova as a guest curator to present digital and motion image artworks created by Australian artists under the title of "Encoded."
In addition to the above mentioned areas, Art Taipei has four more themed exhibitions: "Art Galleries," "Art Taipei Photo," "Mega Temporary," and "Art Media."
As in the previous year, the 2010 edition continues its widely-popular special event called "Affordable Art." The works range from US$200 to US$2000 in price, providing plenty of opportunities for new collectors.
Meanwhile, the Fifth Asia Art Economy Forum in Taipei will again be held during the fair. The forum will be joined by 300 gallery directors, scholars, collectors and press members from all over the world, offering these experts a great chance to share and exchange their experience in the Asian art market.
The five-day Art Taipei 2009 will run until next Tuesday in Areas A and D of the Taipei World Trade Center.


Updated : 2022-05-29 00:16 GMT+08:00