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Art Paris 2024 - A2Z Gallery

From April 04 to April 07, A2Z Art Gallery proudly present our selection for Art Paris 2024 with work from our artists that are created with the same finesse as master craftsmen. Come admire the works of Bảo Vương, Bùi Công Khánh, Danhôo, Hoàng Thanh Vĩnh Phong, Kim Chun Hwan, Kwak Soo Young, Lê Thuý, Ma Desheng and Takashi Hara on booth D15.


THE A2Z ART GALLERY ART PARIS ART FAIR BOOTH D15

Arts & Crafts, inspired by the English Arts & Crafts movement, explores the relationship between artists and craft skills. This artistic renaissance showcases works that honour the skills of yesteryear, bringing history and modernity together on the contemporary scene.

 

In Asia, contemporary art is inspired by ancient artistic and craft traditions, perpetuating know-how and attention to detail. Vietnamese and Japanese artists express this fusion of tradition and innovation, exploring social and political themes while celebrating cultural heritages.

 

Contemporary Korean art has also been evolving, blending ancient traditions with modern experimentation since the 1960s. Korean artists, like many Chinese artists, explore a variety of themes and techniques, reinterpreting calligraphy, ceramics and traditional painting.

 

For the 2024 edition of Art Paris Art Fair, A2Z Art Gallery is presenting four groups of Asian artists: Vietnamese and Japanese, Korean and Chinese. On the one hand, traditional artists and on the other, artists working with materials with an intense emotional quest, offering a diverse perspective on contemporary Asian art.

 

ART & CRAFT: EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARTISTS & CRAFTSMEN

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement that emerged in the UK at the end of the 19th century, this theme explores the profound relationship between artists and craft skills. This includes a range of media such as ceramics, glasswork, tapestry and many others, where the artist's gesture is intimately interwoven with his or her thoughts and intentions.



According to Nicolas Trembley, at the turn of the twentieth century, the visual arts embraced practices closely linked to the applied arts. However, the evolution towards a more conceptual contemporary artistic landscape has somewhat eclipsed these historical intersections. It is in the twenty-first century, amidst the rise of a globally connected art world that celebrates diverse perspectives and marginalised voices, that we are witnessing a renaissance of sorts.



This renaissance features works that pay homage to the meticulous craftsmanship of yesteryear. It's a rediscovery, both of the historical practices of craftsmen and of contemporary artists who skilfully incorporate these techniques into their creations. This intersection of art and craft not only enriches our visual landscape, but also invites us to contemplate the enduring appeal of artisanal excellence in a world often dominated by mass production.

 

The Asian art scene often draws significant inspiration from arts and crafts, deeply rooted in tradition and heritage. This connection to traditional craftsmanship, techniques and aesthetics has been a defining characteristic of Asian art for centuries.A key aspect is the emphasis on meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail. Asian craftspeople and artists have historically honed their skills over generations, passing on techniques and knowledge that are often imbued with cultural significance, and which can be found today in their contemporary practices, blended with new perspectives and interpretations.Globalisation and the promotion of cultural exchange are therefore playing a major role in the return to traditional crafts.This can be found in many different forms, including ceramics, textiles, lacquerware and metalwork, to name but a few. This fusion of past and present creates a dynamic, evolving art scene that bridges the gap between tradition and modernity.

 

A2Z ART GALLERY: PROMOTING AN INCLUSIVE ART COMMUNITY

By actively showcasing Asian artists in France and Europe, we hope to create a space where artists, collectors and enthusiasts can come together, share stories and contribute to a global conversation.The international art market is becoming a crossroads for the convergence of creativity, ideas and aesthetics, enriching our artistic landscape through intercultural dialogue.Our commitment reflects a deep belief in the universal language of art. Regardless of origins, art transcends differences, offering a shared space for profound connections. By facilitating these dialogues, we encourage the exchange of perspectives, values and experiences. Art becomes a catalyst for understanding, empathy and appreciation of the world's diversity.

 

Our different artists, in this sense, are aligned with our vision, coming from Asian cultures, imbued with the traditions of their countries, arriving in France for a variety of reasons, finding themselves at the crossroads of two cultures. They blend East and West with modern mediums and ideas drawn from their experiences, travels, studies, beliefs...

 

A2Z SELECTS FOUR ASIAN COUNTRIES IN PARIS: VIETNAM, CHINA, SOUTH KOREA & JAPAN

Contemporary Vietnamese art is a vibrant testimony to the creativity, innovation and artistic depth of modern Vietnamese society. It offers a captivating look at the challenges, values and aspirations of an ever-evolving nation, while celebrating the traditions that remain rooted in its cultural fabric.Reflecting the country's cultural diversity, artists express themselves in a wide variety of styles and mediums, exploring social, political and identity themes, often fusing tradition with modern influences.Contemporary Japanese art also integrates ancient artistic traditions with modern trends and technologies. Artists often find inspiration in traditional arts such as calligraphy, ukiyo-e prints, ceramics or Noh theatre, but reinterpret them in innovative ways to create works that embody both the past and the present.Moreover, contemporary Japanese art is deeply rooted in the society and culture of modern Japan. The artists tackle a wide range of subjects, from social and political issues to reflections on identity, technology, the environment and even Japanese pop culture.

 

As for contemporary Korean art, it reflects the influences of modern Korean society, history and culture. Since the 1960s, contemporary art in South Korea has undergone a significant evolution, moving from traditional movements to more experimental and innovative forms.

Nowadays, Korean artists are exploring a variety of themes, styles and techniques. Some are inspired by ancient Korean artistic traditions, notably traditional calligraphy, ceramics and painting, while reinterpreting them in a modern way with a profound research into materials.


About Le Thuy

Le Thuy is an artist based in Hoi An, Viet Nam. Graduated with a BA in Fine Arts, she has exhibited consistently, both domestic and international. Most notably, Hongkong 2022, Singapore 2016. Her recent solo exhibitions are “The Silence is Deafening” Vietnam 2020, and “Uninhabited” Singapore 2016. Her works are witnesses of the times. The artist believes that the desperate struggle to exist is reflected in the behaviour and origins of a people. Thuy expresses the anguish of the desperate, trampled and forgotten. The social, environmental and cultural neglect and exploitation that leave only mute echoes.




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