Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York (ACAF NY) To Be Held November 7-10, 2008 at Pier 92

New York, NY – One of the most important exhibitions of contemporary Asian art, the 2nd annual Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York (ACAF NY), will be held from November 7-10, 2008, at Pier 92, 52nd Street and 12th Avenue, in New York City.  More than 60 international galleries and non-profit organizations will show a wide range of contemporary work by artists from countries including China, Japan, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.  Much of the work, including paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper, video and installations, will be on view for the first time in the U.S.  The Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York is the only international art fair in New York dedicated exclusively to Asian contemporary art.  Last year’s inaugural fair was hailed as a major success, providing collectors with an unusual opportunity to gain an overview of Asian art and see work by such internationally recognized artists as Zhang Xiaogang, Nam June Paik, Yue Minjun and Yayoi Kusama.  An opening night preview will be held on the evening of November 6. 
 
“After the strong critical success of last year’s fair, contemporary art collectors are marking November in their calendars,” noted Cristal Kim, Executive Director, Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York. “Demand for Asian contemporary art continues to soar with stunning growth in the field.  As the first Asian contemporary art fair in New York, we are inspiring a vibrant dialogue about contemporary art from one corner of the world to the other while presenting some of the most important work on the market.”
 
Exhibitors
A wide range of leading galleries from 13 countries will exhibit at the Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York.   A full list will be available on www.acafny.com shortly.
 
Opening Night Preview
The opening night preview will be held on Thursday, November 6.  A fashion show by the award-winning designer Angel Chang and other events are planned.  For ticket information please contact the ACAF NY office at 212/563-3360 or info@acafny.com
 
Special Exhibitions, Programs and Events
ACAF NY has commissioned two special exhibitions from the Middle East and China.  A number of panel discussions and lectures are also planned by leading curators, art historians, collectors, journalists, art dealers and artists on issues relating to Asian contemporary art.  Participants will include:  Christopher Phillips, Curator, International Center for Photography; Richard Vine, Managing Editor, Art in America; and France Pepper, Director of Art and Culture Programs, China Institute. Details will be available soon on www.acafny.com.
 
Show Information
The 2nd annual Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York will be held from Friday, November 7 through Monday, November 10, 2008, at Pier 92, 52nd Street and 12th Avenue, in New York City.  Show hours are as follows:
 
Friday, November 7                   11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 8               11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 9                 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, November 10               11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
The show admission is $15 daily or $25 for the run of the show.  Admission is free on Monday. For more information, the public can contact the ACAF NY office at 212/563-3360 or info@acafny.com or visit the website at www.acafny.com. 
 
Catalogue
A full-color catalogue will be available for $30 at the fair or by mail order (plus shipping costs). The catalogue features an extensive overview of the work on exhibit as well as essays on the special exhibitions.
 
Media Preview
A media preview will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Please RSVP to MargeryNewman@aol.com.  
 
Organizer
The Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York (ACAF NY) is presented by AsianArtWorks, a company devoted to the development and appreciation of Asian contemporary art throughout the world. AsianArtWorks also works to increase Asian and Asian-American involvement in contemporary art in New York City.  ACAF NY and AsianArtWorks were established by Cristal Kim, a Korean-born art dealer and collector who lives in Beijing and New York City.  

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