Taipei Dangdai

Jan 17 – Jan 19, 2020

Following the success of Taipei Dangdai's inaugural edition in 2019, Pace is pleased to return to the fair this January with a presentation of artists from across the gallery's international roster.

Art Fair Details

Taipei Dangdai
Jan 17 – 19, 2020
Booth D06

Above: Installation view, Pace Gallery at Taipei Dangdei, Booth D06, Jan 17 – 19, 2020, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei © Pace Gallery

Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
No. 1, Jingmao 2nd Road

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Antoni Tàpies, Warum, 1997, mixed media and assemblage on wood, 78-3/4" × 68-7/8" × 7-1/16" (200 cm × 174.9 cm × 17.9 cm) © Fundació Antoni Tàpies / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Madrid

Pace Gallery is honored to return to Taipei Dangdai after participating in the successful inaugural launch of the art fair in 2019. At this year's fair, Pace will highlight the gallery’s 60th anniversary with a presentation of varied works by artists from across its international program, including Yto Barrada, Lynda Benglis, Tim Eitel, Hong Hao, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Yoshitomo Nara, Kohei Nawa, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, and Antoni Tàpies. The presentation will showcase the great diversity of Pace artists from different periods of art history and a range of approaches, including painting, sculpture, works on paper and photography.

Five paintings by the Spanish abstract master Antoni Tàpies are prominently featured at the booth. Tàpies incorporated unconventional media such as textiles, straw, detritus, and found objects into his work, accentuating their tactile and material nature, as shown in Warum (1997). The work’s earthy, distressed surface relate to themes of entropy and decay, challenging the viewer to find beauty in what is typically overlooked. Working in parallel with global art movements including Abstract Expressionism, Gutai, Art Informel, Tachisme, and Arte Povera, Tàpies believed that his era required a new kind of existential expression. His exploration of Surrealist imagery early in his career served as the foundation for an ongoing investigation into the nature of physical objects and their materiality. Tàpies’s work embodies his extensive personal experience and history, and of his native Spain and specifically Catalonia.


Installation view, Pace Gallery at Taipei Dangdei, Booth D06, Jan 17 – 19, 2020, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei © Pace Gallery

A large sculpture by American artist Joel Shapiro will also be on view. Untitled (1992) exhibits the signature sense of movement in Shapiro’s works, which, through the arrangement of simplified elements, are powerfully suggestive of active human forms that engage viewers’ physical and psychological relationships with space. Subverting a distinction between abstraction and representation, the artist reconsiders the modern figurative tradition, creating abstract geometric sculpture that appears to reach, balance, and dance. His work as a whole can be seen as an ongoing succession of movements in which each individual work represents one significant action. Time is stopped, an instant suspended. Shapiro’s creations will also be the subject of a solo exhibition at Pace Gallery in Hong Kong in the coming year.

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Kiki Smith, Walking Pig (small), 2004, bronze, 26-1/2" x 18-1/2" x 2" (67.3 cm x 47 cm x 5.1 cm) © Kiki Smith

Pace’s presentation will also include a selection of Kiki Smith’s sculptures and works on paper. Smith is recognized for her multidisciplinary practice through which she explores the human condition. The body, mortality, regeneration, gender politics, as well as the interconnection between spirituality and the natural world are observed through a postmodern lens, as seen in Walking Pig (small) (2004) and Animals in the World (2007). Drawn to the cogency of repetition in narratives and symbolic representations, much of Smith’s work is inspired by the visual culture of the past, spanning scientific anatomical renderings from the eighteenth century to the abject imagery of relics, memento mori, folklore, mythology, Byzantine iconography, and medieval altarpieces.

Additional highlights at the booth will include representative pieces by Tim Eitel, three new paintings by Hong Hao, two ceramic works by Yin Xiuzhen, a portrait by Mao Yan, a 2014 painting by Zhang Xiaogang, four pieces by Yoshitomo Nara, a selection of works by multi-disciplinary artist Kohei Nawa, two colourful sculptures by Lynda Benglis, and a thinnam on gesso panel work by Prabhavathi Meppayil.