The 4th edition of “Asia Now”, an art fair dedicated to the Asian contemporary art scene, was held in a private hotel of the 8th arrondissement in Paris this October. This year’s edition hosted more than 40 galleries with a special programme focusing on the Japanese art scene curated by Emmanuelle de Montgazon. “For the Japanese Platform of ASIA NOW 2018, I selected projects which would provide the keys to understanding the scene over the last twenty years, a scene which I saw evolve under renewed cultural, artistic, and political influences” commented the curator. For this occasion, a new exhibition space was conceived by Sou Fujimoto Architects to welcome galleries presenting up-and-coming Japanese artists. Among them the Parisian Gallery Pierre-Yves Caër featuring works by two Japanese female artists, the young painter Aya Kawato and the photographer Makiko Kumano.
Beside the Japanese Platform, a great selection of European and Asian galleries participated, presenting works by Asian Artists. Just to name a few: Soso Gallery (South Korea) featured Kim In Kyum’s bleu drawings and sculptures; Vynil on Vynil (Philippines) presenting Pinky Urmaza’s collages that were almost sold out the day of the opening; MadeIn Gallery (China) presenting a limited edition sculpture by Xu Zhen and paintings and sculptures by the two young artists Lu Pingyuan and Shang Liang and New Gallery (France) with a solo show by the female Chinese artist Li Shurui.