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ASIA NOW 2021 Debuts with New Iranian Art Sector

Coinciding with the in-person return of Paris’s FIAC, the 7th edition of ASIA NOW will take place October 21—24 at 9, avenue Hoche in the 8th arrondissement. Conceived around the idea of “The Art of Living on a Damaged Planet,” this year’s iteration will feature more than 30 presenters highlighting the work of Asian and -diasporic artists, seen across programming like a main exhibitions sector, a lineup of special projects, conversations, and performances, the off-site L’Asie Maintenant, and for the first time ever, an Iranian art sector, Tehran NOW.

Exhibitors in the main presentations platform will include those like Louis & Sack, Galerie Vazieux, Red Zone Arts, Yavuz Gallery, CMS Collection, Aktis Gallery, and Galerie Templon. Among these presentations, visitors can expect to find the work of artists like Chen Jiang-Hong, Kengo Nakamura, and Wataru Ozu with first-time presenter Galerie Taménaga; a group show of names like Wang Yi, Xie Lei, and Hu Weiyi with HdM Gallery; and March Art’s presentation of work by Luo Mingjun, Suzanne Jalenques, and An Xiaotong.

Verapat Sitipol Verapat Sitipol, “Sunset Spider Lilies,” 2021, Oil on linen, 110 x 135 cm, courtesy of the artist and over the influence.

Fairgoers will find the best of Iran’s art scene in Tehran NOW through presentations like +2 Gallery’s group presentation “Fragmented Orientalism,” the work of Arash Hanaei and Sonia Balassanian with Ab-Anbar Art Gallery, and Bavan Gallery’s exhibition of the artist Elham Etemadi. Other Tehran-based exhibitors include SARADIPOUR Art Gallery, Aaran Art Gallery, Azad Art Gallery, Mohsen Gallery, and Etemad Gallery.

Curated by Thanks for Nothing,this year’s roster of conversations will encompass round table discussions like “Focus on the crisis situation in Afghanistan” and a talk surrounding the fair’s “BURNING WINGS” project. Other happenings to look out for include a special exhibition of Elika Hedayat with Galerie Aline Vidal, curator Kathy Alliou’s “Making Worlds Exist,” and performances like Zhao Duan and Wang Xuanhe’s “Bouche à bouche.”

Lifang Aux Lifang Aux, “sources N6,” 2021, 130 x 162 cm, oil on canvas, courtesy of Red Zone Arts Gallery.

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