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Art Fair Tokyo 2018 Further Enhances Its Identity and Impact

  • Kengo KITO - Cartwheel Galaxy, 2017; see the latest news and the fair map
  • Yuki Nara - Bone Flower, 2017; from the fair news
February 7, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

The largest international art fair in Japan, Art Fair Tokyo has promoted the art scene and market in Japan on a global level. With the latest edition this March, it strives to help art become part of more people’s lifestyles as the leading art fair in Asia.

Now coming back for the thirteenth time since 2005, Art Fair Tokyo 2018 will present an incredible array of artworks, from antiques and crafts to examples of Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) and modern and contemporary. This year’s theme of the fair is Art is Life, aspiring to present a vision of the future in which everyone can enjoy the wonders of art in their daily lives, coexisting with art in organic harmony.

This year’s theme is also reflected in the fair’s visual design and new logo created by Yoshihisa Tanaka. The minimal design of the logo features the letters A, F and T combined and written with shadows, symbolizing the lines supporting the various people, things and concepts involved with the fair.

The 13th edition of the fair will welcome the record numbers of exhibitors for the Galleries and Projects sections. With a new visual identity and a strong exhibition program, the Art Fair Tokyo aims to further enhance its identity and impact as an art market platform for disseminating the Japanese art scene on the global stage.

Art Fair Tokyo 2018

Art Fair Tokyo 2018

Across its two sections – Galleries and Projects – Art Fair Tokyo will bring together a total of 164 exhibitors from a total of 29 cities in Japan and around the world.

The Galleries section will present 153 exhibitors from both Japan and overseas, featuring even more impressive highlights than before. Comprised of booth-style exhibits, the section will show a diverse selection of art, from a superb range of antiques rooted in highly Japanese aesthetics to the modern art that developed so spectacularly in Japanese art history, crafts that reflect Japanese skill. The section will provide an overview of the quality and vibrancy of the Japanese art scene.

Be sure not to miss booths by Galerie Perrotin from Paris, New York, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong, offering increasingly vibrant and creative environments to experience artists’ works; 313 ART PROJECT from Seoul, focused on providing dynamic chances to Korean artists and reinforcing the position of Korean arts in the global art scene; galerie bruno massa from Paris, operating at the forefront of the most dynamic international markets; Gallery Hirota Fine Art from Tokyo, introducing paintings by modern artists and contemporary emerging artists; and Galerie Stephanie from Manilla, one of the leading artist-centered galleries in the Philippines, among others.

The List of Exhibitors

Gallery
313 ART PROJECT Seoul
ANDO GALLERY Tokyo
GALLERY ANZAI Tokyo
Aoyama Meguro Tokyo
Artglorieux GALLERY OF TOKYO Tokyo
ASAKUSA Tokyo
Beyond Gallery Taipei
Big andllSmall Art Co. Mandaluyong
Bohemian's Guild by Natsume-Books Tokyo
Bosco Hong Hong Kong
galerie bruno massa Paris
CAI-Contemporary Art Institute/CAI02 Sapporo
GALLERY CELLAR Tokyo
THE CLUB Tokyo Out
salon cojica Sapporo Over
Galleria Col Osaka
Gallery Art Composition Tokyo
Gallery Daisen Osaka
Daishojiya.co.,ltd. Tokyo Pola
gallery deux poissons Tokyo
GALLrERY ECRUNOMORI Mishima
GALLERY EGINU Gifu rin
Gallery EIZENDO Tokyo
EMON Photo Gallery Tokyo
Eugene Gallery Seoul
FUMA Contemporary Tokyo | BUNKYO ART Tokyo
GINZA KURODA TOUEN Tokyo Scai
GALLERY GYOKUEI Tokyo
HAKKENDO GALLERY Tokyo
HANADA GALLERY Tokyo
H-art Beat Gallery Tokyo
GALLERY HASHIMOTO Tokyo Shin
HATONOMORI ART Tokyo
Gallery Hirota Fine Art Tokyo
Houmando Tokyo
Hozando Tokyo
IMARI ANTIQUES Matsuyama
imura art gallery Kyoto
gallery incurve kyoto Kyoto
Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery Osaka
T. EDO INOUYE & SON oriental art Tokyo St.
Gallery Irritum Daegu
arte classica by Ishiguro Gallery Tokyo
ISHIGURO SHOUTEN CO.,LTD Kanazawa
Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
JPS GALLERY Hong Kong Hong Kong T t
KAMIYA ART Tokyo TaigadToaigado Kyoto
Kanazawat Craft Council Kanazawa
Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo Kanazawa
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Tokyo
KAWATA GALLERY Kobe
KiIYOSHI ART SPACE Tokyo
KOBiAYASHI GALLERY Tokyo Tazu
GALLERY KOCHUKYO Tokyo
GALLERY KOGURE Tokyo / New York Tod
Komekin Nagoya
KOMIYAMA TOKYO Tokyo Toho
KONISHI TAIKANDO Tokyo Toki-
Tomio Koyama Gallery Tokyo
GALLERY KUGO Toyama
gallery KUNIMATSU aoyama Tokyo
Kyorai Tokyo
Lucie Chang Fine Arts Hong Kong
LYAN ARTS' COLLECTION Tokyo
LYYF Visual Art Center Beijing
Gallery M Toyama
MAESAKA SEITENDO Tokyo / Osaka
MARUEIDO Tokyo
MAYUYAMA & CO., LTD. Tokyo
Art life by SEIBU__SOGO Tokyo
Minnano Gallery Tokyo
MITOCHU KOEKI COMPANY Tokyo
Kobijutsu Miyashita Tokyo
MIZOE ART GALLERY Fukuoka / Tokyo Yiri
MIZUMA ART GALLERY Tokyo / Singapore
GALLERY MONMA Sapporo
Gallery Murakoshi Tokyo
NAGOYA GALLERY Nagoya
NAKACHO KONISHI ARTS Tokyo
Art Collection Nakano Nagoya
NANAYA Tokyo
Art Gallery Natsume Tokyo
nca | nichido contemporary art Tokyo
galerie nichido
NODA CONTEMPORARY Nagoya
NUKAGA GALLERY
gallery OLYM Tokyo
OTSUKA FINE ART Tokyo
Gallery OUT of PLACE Nara / Tokyo
OVER THE INFLUENCE Hong Kong
PERROTIN
Photo Project curated by Toshio Shimizu. MITSUKOSHI Tokyo
POLA ART FOUNDATION Tokyo
Qing Art Gallery Taipei
GALLERY RIN Tokyo
rin art association Takasaki
SAIHODO GALLERY Tokyo
SAKURADO FINE ARTS Tokyo
SANKEIDO Ltd. Tokyo
Satelites ART LAB Tokyo
SCAI THE BATHHOUSE Tokyo
Gallery SEIZAN Tokyo
SHART PROJECT Tokyo
Shibuya Kurodatoen Co., Ltd. Tokyo
SHIHODO GALLERY Tokyo / Osaka
MISA SHIN GALLERY Tokyo
SHINSEIDO Tokyo
Orient Occident / Shouun Oriental Art Tokyo / New York
ShugoArts Tokyo
SHUKADO Tokyo
SHUMOKU GALLERY Nagoya
SHUNPUDO GALLERY Tokyo
Shunsei Gallery Tokyo
Sokyo Gallery Kyoto
GALLERY ST. IVES Tokyo
Galerie Stephanie Manila
Gallery Suchi Tokyo
SUMISHO ART GALLERY Tokyo
SUZUKI ART GALLERY Tokyo
t.gallery Tokyo
Takeda Art Co. Tokyo
KENJI TAKI GALLERY Nagoya / Tokyo
Galerie Tam_naga Tokyo / Paris / Osaka
TANNAKA Co., Ltd. Osaka
GALLERY TARGET Tokyo
Gallery Tazu Art Kyoto / Nagoya
TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY Osaka
Tanimatsuya Toda Shoten Osaka
Gallery Togeisha Tokyo
TOHO ART Tokyo
Watanuki Ltd. | Toki-no-Wasuremono Tokyo
TOKYO GALLERY + BTAP Tokyo / Beijing
The Tolman Collection, Tokyo Tokyo / New York
Gallery Tomura Tokyo / Seoul
TOYAMA GLASS STUDIO Toyama
GALLERY TSUBAKI Tokyo
gallery UG Tokyo
ART UNDERGROUND Manila
URAGAMI SOKYU-DO Tokyo
URANO Tokyo
UeSPACE GALLERY Taipei
Watanabe-Sanpodo Tokyo
XE spacio Mexico City
YAKATA YOUSAI Tokyo
Gallery Yamaki Fine Art Kobe
Yanagase Gallery Gifu
YIRI ARTS Taipei / TaichungKaohsiung
YOROZU GALLERY Tokyo Kyoto
Yoi shimi Arts Osaka
Y's Gallery Tokyo
GALLERY ZERO Osaka
Projects
COMBINE/BAMI gallery Tokyo Nii
Gallery Hanakagesho Tokyo
island JAPAN Tokyo S
KAYOi KOYUKI Tokyo
Yutaka Kikutake Gallery Beijing
nap gallery Tokyo
Nii Fine Arts Tokyo
Satoko Oe Contemporary Tokyo
Takashi Somemiya Gallery Tokyo / Singapore
Sprout Curation Sapporo
TALION GALLERY Kyoto

Projects Section

The section Projects focuses on cutting-edge and up-and-coming artists presented in a mini-series of solo shows, ranging from photography and abstract art to contemporary netsuke and realistic painting. Selected by 11 contemporary art galleries, the exhibiting artists represent the next generation of talent expected to lead the art scene in Japan and overseas. Presented in the lobby of the venue, which will be free to enter, this section will provide an opportunity for visitors to experience the present and future of Japan’s art market.

Exhibiting galleries are COMBINE/BAMI gallery from Kyoto, Gallery Hanakagesho from Tokyo, island JAPAN from Tokyo, KAYOKOYUKI from Tokyo, Yutaka Kikutake Gallery from Tokyo, nap gallery from Tokyo, Nii Fine Arts from Osaka, Satoko Oe Contemporary from Tokyo, Takashi Somemiya Gallery from Tokyo, Sprout Curation and TALION GALLERY from Tokyo.

In addition, the fair will present the project World Art Tokyo, showing the exhibition PANGAEA TECTONICS – Diastrophism of Emerging Art – Diverging Art Tales that features works by multiple artists each recommended by their respected embassies to represent their countries, as well as Future Artists Tokyo, curated by students from six of Japan’s art universities who have promising futures on the world stage.

The Floor Plan

Asian Art Award 2018

First Introduced in 2017 with the support of Warehouse TERRADA, Asian Art Award is an award for contemporary art that aims to support artists who are anticipated to be successful first in Japan, then Asia, and ultimately internationally. Decided by a panel of curators, the shortlist includes AKI INOMATA, Takehito Koganezawa, Motohiro Tomii, and Masahiro Wada. These artists will create new works that will be on view at TERRADA ART COMPLEX 4F from March 3rd to March 18th. The recipient of the Grand Prize will be chosen during the show by a jury of six international art figures and announced during Art Fair Tokyo.

The Location

Practical Information

The Art Fair Tokyo will take place at Tokyo International Forum Hall E from March 8th until Sunday 11th, 2018.

The Press View will be held on Thursday, March 8th from 1 to 2 p.m., the Private View will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., while the Vernissage will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. The fair will be open to the public between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The 1DAY Advanced Free Pass will be JPY 3,000 (≈$27.5) and 1DAY Free Pass will be 3,500 (≈$32).

For more information, visit the official website of the fair.

Crown type earthenware, Middle Jomon period, Moon jar, white porcelain, Joseon dynasty 18th century; the fair will exhibit outstanding art to the crowd of internationa visitors
Left: Crown type earthenware, Middle Jomon period / Right: Moon jar, white porcelain, Joseon dynasty 18th century
Henri Mattise - Femme auprès de la fenêtre, 1920, Ikeda Iwao - Work (Untitled), 2016; see the international exhibit venue on the map
Left: Henri Mattise – Femme auprès de la fenêtre, 1920 / Right: Ikeda Iwao – Work (Untitled), 2016
Jonas Wood - Head Up, 2013; in the latest news about the international event
Jonas Wood – Head Up, 2013
Noritaka Tatehana - Heel-less Shoes, 2017, Takahiro Iwasaki - Tectonic Model (Don Tapscott’s Macrowikinomics), 2017; discussing the policy in the latest news about the fair
Left: Noritaka Tatehana – Heel-less Shoes, 2017 / Right: Takahiro Iwasaki – Tectonic Model (Don Tapscott’s Macrowikinomics), 2017

Featured images: Kengo KITO – Cartwheel Galaxy, 2017; Yuki Nara – Bone Flower, 2017. All images courtesy of Art Fair Tokyo.