Though not particularly forceful in its penetration of FIAC stands, Asian art is having a moment in Paris this week. A new fair, Asia Now, made its debut with the intent of fostering greater dialogue between the French capital and the East. “France has always been key site for Chinese art,” said Ullens Center of Contemporary Art director Phil Tinari when he and UCCA founder Guy Ullens stopped by FIAC on Wednesday afternoon. “You had one generation of artists who came here in the ’80s, another generation who came right after ’89 and many of them stayed.” Tinari and Ullens helped realize the new fair.
Kukje Gallery founder Hyun-Sook Lee earned a spot on ArtReview
’s Power 100 on Thursday morning for her role in promoting similar dialogue between East and West. The gallery, which shares a stand with Tina Kim Gallery, had sold pieces on the range from $60,000–350,000 as of that afternoon, with works by
selling particularly well at FIAC. “People are really interested in looking for new gems other than most well known artists, like
,” said Tina Kim’s Sophie Beeftink.