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Tu Hongtao, 2019. Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy.

Taipei Dangdai and NADA Miami Announce Exhibitors, Tu Hongtao Joins Lévy Gorvy, and More

Taipei Dangdai has released the roster of ninety-seven galleries participating in the upcoming edition of the fair, which will take place at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, from Friday, January 17 to Sunday, January 19, 2020. The fair also announced that Robin Peckham has been named codirector. Peckham will be based in Taipei and will work alongside fair codirector Magnus Renfrew, who founded Taipei Dangdai in 2019 with Sandy Angus, Tim Etchells, and Will Ramsay.

Among the new galleries joining the fair are SCAI THE BATHHOUSE (Tokyo), Artinformal Gallery (Philippines), Kaikai Kiki Gallery (New York), Lévy Gorvy (New York, Hong Kong, London, and Zurich), Galerie Eva Presenhuber (New York and Zurich), and kamel mennour (Paris and London). A complete list of exhibitors, including twenty-two galleries that have spaces in Taiwan, can be found on Taipei Dangdai’s website.

Hauser & Wirth is collaborating with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana on three new exhibitions and publications over the next two years. The upcoming shows will be staged at Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong locations and will each have a different area of focus such as Fontana’s Ambienti (Environments) and ceramics and sculptures. All three presentations will be curated by leading Fontana scholar Luca Massimo Barbero, director of Giorgio Cini Foundation’s Institute of Art History in Venice and editor of the Fontana drawings catalogue raisonné and of the Fontana ceramics catalogue raisonné, which has yet to be released.

The foundation’s president, Paolo Laurini, said that the partnership was “born from a shared vision for the legacy of Fontana and reflects the aims and the attitude that over almost fifty years has distinguished the foundation’s activities.” Iwan Wirth, president and cofounder of Hauser & Wirth, added: “Although the artist’s contribution to art history is widely acknowledged, we believe there is still much work to do in establishing his legacy and bringing to his work the attention it rightfully deserves.”

DAG (formerly known as the Delhi Art Gallery) has opened the first of three new spaces in India’s capital. The new 3,800-square-foot gallery at the Claridges, a five-star hotel in New Delhi, launched over the weekend with the inaugural exhibition “The Sixties Show.” The presentation aims to draw attention to the feverish pace of art production in the 1960s and features work by Progressive Artists’ Group members such as S. K. Bakre, F. N. Souza, M. F. and Husain; Group 1890 members Himmat Shah, Ambadas, Jyoti Bhatt, and J Swaminathan; Indian folk modernists Jamini Roy and Madhvi Parekh; and modernists Bikash Bhattacharya, Shanti Dave, George Keyt, and Anupam Sud.

“In the quarter-plus century of its operations, DAG has played a significant role in developing robust infrastructure for Indian art with vigorous programming that is meant as much to educate art-lovers as to teach them art appreciation,” said Ashish Anand, managing director and CEO of DAG. “We are delighted to be at The Claridges, New Delhi, with our constant aim of supporting artists and promoting high quality art. With our inaugural show—The Sixties Show—we revisit a momentous decade and provide a glimpse of the high tide of modern art at that time.”

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), has revealed that 135 exhibitors representing fifty-six artists from twenty-five countries will take part in the seventeenth edition of NADA Miami, which will run from December 5 to 8, 2019 at the Ice Palace Studios at 1400 North Miami Avenue.

The fair will welcome twenty-seven first-time exhibitors, including 80m2 Livia Benavides (Lima), Galeria Alegria (Madrid), Galerie Iragui (Moscow), and Gasworks (London); seventy-one NADA member galleries; and returning galleries such as MISAKO & ROSEN (Tokyo), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), and Dürst Britt & Mayhew (the Hague).

Among the artists who will have solo exhibitions at the event are Agnieszka Brzezanska (BWA Warszawa), Aaron Gilbert (Lulu), Guadalupe Maravilla (Jack Barrett), Ariana Papademetropoulos (Soft Opening), and Peter Williams (Luis De Jesus Los Angeles). A full list of participating galleries is available on NADA’s website.

Lévy Gorvy announced the gallery’s worldwide representation of the Chinese artist Tu Hongtao. Based in Chengdu, Tu explores the relationship between image and technique through his gestural expression of landscape and abstraction. Since he graduated from the China Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou in 1999, he has created works ranging from densely rendered Neo-Pop canvases that responded to the rapid social and environmental transformations of the era to canvases that synthesize Western oil painting traditions with those of classical Chinese painting theory and calligraphic gesture. 

“From the first moment I saw Tu’s work, I responded on a very visceral and emotional level to the lushness of his brushwork and the epic ambition of his paintings,” said gallerist Brett Gorvy. “His deep connection to nature and his ability to transfer his experience of the natural world into a universal abstract language immediately brings to mind the work of Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell. Through our worldwide representation, we look forward to introducing the mastery and vision of Tu Hongtao to a new audience of collectors and institutions around the world.” Lévy Gorvy will host a survey exhibition of Tu’s paintings in November 2019 at the gallery’s space in the Central district of Hong Kong, followed by a solo exhibition of new paintings by Tu in London in the fall of 2020.

Greene Naftali gallery in New York now represents Jana Euler and Walter Price. Born in Friedberg, Germany, in 1982, Euler lives and works in Brussels and Frankfurt, Germany. Known for her eclectic practice of painting and installation, which incorporate a range of art-historical and pop-culture references, Euler recently staged solo shows at Galerie Neu, Berlin (2019); dépendance, Brussels (2018); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); and Cabinet, London (2017). She has also presented her work in group shows at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2019); Tai Kwun, Hong Kong (2019); Greene Naftali, New York (2018); and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna (2018); among others. 

Born in Macon, Georgia, in 1989, Price lives and works in New York. A participant in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, which closes on October 27, Price creates paintings and drawings that draw from historical and personal narratives, including from his experiences in the military, and feature recurring motifs such as flaming couches, swaying palm trees, car crashes, and hats. His recent solo exhibitions include shows at the Aspen Museum of Art (2019); MoMA PS1, New York (2018); and the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2018).

Jana Euler, ​Shape of Painting, Summer Hit, 2017 at Greene Naftali, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.

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