DOUB L E D I P : T H E A S I A N B I E NN A L E A ND A R T F A I R – TAASA Review December 2011
Gina Fairley T here are over 80 international biennials and triennials today, an overwhelming number of which began during the 1990s; 25 of them held in Asia.
These events have not only brought significant international art and artists to Asian cities, but also fostered a new regional contemporary art identity, first through an awareness of localised activities and secondly by uniting artists and providing a platform for dialogue on shared issues. Between 2000-08, the number of Asian biennales doubled in parallel with Asia’s growing prosperity.
If you add the growth of art fairs across East, South and Southeast Asia a staggering 35 new fairs since 2000 and counting the numbers collectively say more about these individual locations than the art they are showing...