ART FAIR TOKYO 2007
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Art fairs are the trade fairs of the art world—venues where galleries from around the globe gather to exhibit and sell works by the artists they represent. For ART FAIR TOKYO 2008, 108 galleries, including 7 from 6 cities overseas (Seoul, New Delhi, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Madrid), have been specially selected to participate. Together they will exhibit approximately 2,500 works by nearly 600 artists. 20 of the galleries will participate in the event—which is now in its third year—for the first time.
Last year, ART FAIR TOKYO 2007 attracted approximately 32,000 visitors, with total fair end sales—which exclude sales finalized after the fair closed—reaching US$10 million.Markets around the world are currently experiencing an accelerating art boom, and Japan is no exception. This is resulting in an upturn in a domestic market that had been suffering from deflation in the years since the economic bubble. Young collectors are discovering the joys of bringing art into their homes and workplaces. The range of ways to enjoy art is broadening, and more and more people are making the shift from simply looking at art to buying it. ART FAIR TOKYO 2008 reaches out to the world from the international metropolis of Tokyo, presenting exquisite works of art without restriction on period or genre.
ART FAIR TOKYO stands out among the many art fairs in Asia for the variety of genres it covers, ranging from antique and traditional forms of art to nihonga, modern painting, and contemporary art. The Fair is also well respected for its uniformly high standard of exhibits.
ART FAIR TOKYO 2008 will be held at its regular venue, the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho, a convenient location for business people visiting Tokyo on tight schedules. From this year the period of the fair is timed to include both weekdays and the weekend of April 5th and 6th, and it is thus expected to attract even more visitors than in the past.