First Annual Asian Contemporary Art Fair Coming to NYC

May 20th, 2007

With Chinese contemporary art sales through the roof and seeing a burst of Korean and Indian artists breaking through New York City’s contemporary art scene, it’s not surprising that the Asian Contemporary Art Fair is debuting this year.

From November 8-12, about 80 galleries will be showing works from more than 10 Asian countries. Thomas Arnold, a co-director of the fair, tells Crain’s that he estimates more than 25,000 visitors and around $11.5 million for the local economy.

“This will be the first time we’ve actually had so much Asian art from so many different countries under one roof… The interest in Asian art and culture has never been greater.”

New York City is host to Asia Week, organized by the Asia Society, usually in the Spring. Perhaps ACAF NY is trying to avoid becoming a satellite event in the roster of the affluent Asia Week and emerge as a prominent event in its own right. However, they did use the opportunity on March 18th to hold a Fair preview at Sotheby’s.
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Asian Art Fair Comes to NY [Crain’s]