The annual Asian bean-feast Asian Art in London continues to grow apace. Its new handy vest-pocket sized catalogue is decidedly the thickest yet. There are more exhibitors than ever at the event which runs from November 5-14. New AAL participants include contemporary art galleries Art China, Gallery Elena Schukina (contemporary Koean photo artist Seung-Hwan) Oh and Paul Harris Asia Arts with the sculptures of Chen Dapeng at Olympia.
You can get a copy of the invaluable pocket catalogue (we use ours all the year round as an essential reference work in the office) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can, of course consult the website www.asianartinlondon.com.
There are a couple of what might be termed ‘prestige events’. On November 5, the event opens with a symposium at The Royal Institution which is intriguingly entitled The Psychology of A Collector. Collectors intending to turn up will probably be relieved to hear that there are no qualified psychologists speaking so they need have no fears of any serious embarrassment! Attendance will knock you back £105 so you have a right to expect some special insights . . .
The following night the Gala Party takes place. This year it is at The Mandarin Oriental and it celebrates the UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange with support from the Chinese Embassy. Although he has been rushed off his feet by the long, intensive visit of President Xi Jinping last week, you can expect to see Ambassador Li Xiaoming and several brace of Chinese dignitaries basking in the glow of last week’s successful visit. Tickets for the bash are available at a mere £60 a go.
Other definite notes for the diary are the drinks party rounds on Saturday November 7 (Kensington Church Street), Sunday November 8 (St James’s) and Monday November 9 (Mayfair). It is an excellent series of opportunities to get around the exhibitors without cutting into the routines of actual business. They’re also free . . .
We shall be posting news and pictures on chineseart.co.uk.