Sneak Peek: Asian Galleries at Art Basel 2015


As the itinerant global art world contingent descends on the picturesque Swiss town next week for Art Basel, BLOUIN ARTINFO’s Asia office presents a small sneak peek of what Asian galleries will be bringing to the fair.

Beijing’s Long March Space will present a focused group exhibition of works by Ran Huang, Hu Xiangqian, Wang Jianwei, Xu Zhen by MadeIn Company, Yu Hong, Zhang Hui, Zhan Wang, and Zhu Yu among others.

Tokyo’s Take Ninagawa is presenting a three-person show of Shinro Ohtake, Ryoko Aoki, and Taro Izumi. Best known for his ongoing Scrapbook series (1977-) of dense collages of found imagery, magazine scraps, and product packaging, Ohtake presents here new works from his Retina series (1989-91): abstract, mixed-media paintings combining exposed Polaroid film with chemical emulsions that question how we see in the digital era. Alongside Ohtake, the gallery will also show a drawing installation incorporating sculptural objects within a selection of diaristic sketches and abstract patterns, and “anti-social” abstract sculptures by Taro Izumi.

Also based out of Tokyo, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP will present a thematic showcase centered on the Mono-ha movement, which started in the late 1960s. Mono-ha has seen resurgent market interest in recent years, in tandem with increasing global visibility for some of its most seminal figures, including Lee Ufan and Kishio Suga. On display at their booth are works by Jiro Takamatsu, Nobuo Sekine, Kishio Suga, Susumu Koshimizu and Koji Enokura.

Mumbai’s Chemould Prescott Road will showcase “the most important artists from our gallery with works that signify their practice in a substantial way.” Jitish Kallat, returning to his own art making after having curated the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, presents new works, while Atul Dodiya, one of whose paintings was acquired by M+ at Art Basel Hong Kong this year, will show a wooden cabinet installation piece at Basel. Also on display at the booth will be works by Shilpa Gupta, Reena Saini Kallat, and Mithu Sen, who was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Canson.

Singapore’s STPI will be showcasing a unique selection of pieces by British conceptual artist Ryan Gander that have all been made on-site at its state-of-the-art printing and paper-making facilities — including “Seriously Retinal/Serious Poke (morton arboretum)” (2014), a relief print made using French curve rulers on handmade cotton paper.

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