While I was in Tokyo producing the Ema Show I was able attend this years Art Fair Tokyo. I went to the vip preview and came back a couple days later to really slowly soak it all in.
I have never been a big fan of art fairs. I like mix tapes but I love hearing a full album from an artist. Art Fairs have that mix tape vibe. The aesthetics of the venue is also distracting. That being said, Art Fair Tokyo may have changed my mind about art fairs.
Very few folding chairs and banquet tables at this fair. Those things belong in bingo halls not juxtaposed against an artists work. Many of the galleries chose to focus their booths on one artist. The booths were so unique and well designed that you could easily forget you were in a small area surrounded by thousands of people. The venue was incredible. Fantastic architecture. The organizers of the fair were just that, very organized. Snapped photos of some of my favorites. You will see some of these folks at Hellion Gallery in the future.
As with most oil paintings, digital photos just can’t do it justice. Keiki’s work has such an amazing depth and warm tones brought out by varnish.
Detail, detail, detail.
Acrylic paintings featuring fantastic detail in the hair and floral garments.
These works have to be seen in person. Each work requires long 2×4 pieces of wood glued together, then the block is hand carved and individually painted by one of his students. The mask is a separate sculpted piece. 6 months to carve, 2 months to paint.
So much fantastic work at the fair. Here is a sampling of some of my favorites.
INTENATIONAL FORUM VENUE
Spectacular venue for the art fair.