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Art Taipei hopes to draw aspiring collectors of art

Staff Writer, with CNA

Art lovers who would like to collect a piece by talented artists at affordable prices are encouraged to visit this year’s Art Taipei, which opens in the nation’s capital later this month, organizers said.

Hosted by the Council for Cultural Affairs, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taiwan Art Gallery Association, Art Taipei is one of Asia’s largest art shows and provides a platform to view the latest in international contemporary art and a must-see for collectors.

Council for Cultural Affairs Deputy Minister Lee Jen-fang (李仁芳) said during a press conference last week that he hoped the exhibition would create greater public interest and participation, in addition to attracting professional buyers.

To make it easier for first-time collectors to buy, the organizers have invited each exhibitor to prepare an item that will sell for less than US$2,000, Lee said, adding that “everyone can be a great collector.”

Now in its 18th year, the exhibition will see 58 local galleries and 66 art galleries from overseas take part this year, the highest number of vendors ever seen in its history.

Japanese and Chinese exhibitors make the two largest international participants, the council said.

The four-day event at Taipei World Trade Center will be divided into six halls, including New Media, Global Spotlight, Fresh Art, Made in Taiwan-Young Artist Discovery and Art Media.

For the first time, organizers will play a documentary, Herb & Dorothy, which tells the story of a couple — Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history despite having very modest means.

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