Asian Art Thrives in Paris
Michaud, Paul, Art Business News
PARIS--Twelve of the city's top galleries have banded together to give the French capital a new arts season devoted to Asia. The "Automne asiatique," as the event is called, runs parallel to the Paris art season, which opened with "Art in the World" and closed with FIAC 2000, Art Paris and the Salon d'Automne.
And, as the galleries specialize in a number of areas, the "Automne asiatique" has chosen to represent the art of Asia. The galleries taking part in the event are presenting traditional art, contemporary art, photography and sculpture, and will include work from China, Japan and Vietnam.
For example, Pescheteau-Badin Godeau Leroy has chosen to celebrate Asian Autumn by holding a sale of the art of Vietnam, much of it contemporary. PIASA, the auction house that has become one of the city's major forces promoting the arts of Asia, has put together, in association with its oriental arts specialist Thierry Portier, a sale of some of the major traditional works of China and Japan.
As for contemporary Asian art, two galleries in particular have come up with exhibitions. Galerie Loft has recently decided to specialize in modern Chinese art and to mark Asian Autumn has chosen to introduce the work of young Chinese artist Chen Wen Bo. This native of Sichuan has produced some large-scale canvases occupied by quaintly androgynous forms bearing a strange resemblance to computer-generated synthetic images. …