Taipei Dangdai Art Fair: After the Famine, the Art Feast

The inaugural Taipei Dangdai contemporary art show brought out big spending art collectors while entertaining the masses.

The News Lens
Date: 019/01/25
By: Jules Quartly
Editor: Nick Aspinwall

Credit: Jules Quartly

The inaugural Taipei Dangdai (台北當代) was a first-class contemporary art show. That is, it was devised for the one percent and not for the likes of you and me, though we too may have enjoyed the picturesque event.

Around 28,201 visitors showed up at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center over three days (Jan. 18-20) to gawp at hundreds of works from heavyweight contemporary artists. There were curated tours, talks from the artists themselves and even decent coffee.

That’s not all: There were pop-up shows and gallery openings sprinkled around town, art events in the mountains and custom tours of the city’s major art museums, which dovetailed nicely with the ongoing Taipei Biennial.

There was art for everyone, which is surely a good thing. The real deal, however, was the business going on behind the scenes, in the closed-off Collectors’ Lounge where flutes full of the sponsor’s champagne were quaffed; or over dinner at an expense account restaurant in the Xinyi district of the city.    [FULL  STORY]

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