Chelsea Art Tour (September 26, 2012)
Moderator: Michelle Loh
Michelle Loh is a New York-based art consultant. She specializes in organizing art fairs and group exhibitions. She advises individual and institutional collectors about contemporary Asian art. Her most recent projects include: Vaulting Limits–A group exhibition of five Chinese artists at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York; The Illusive View–A three-person exhibition of New York photographers at the 2011 Ping Yao International Photo Festival in China; Focus Shanghai–An exhibition featuring two Shanghai-based media artists at Thomas Erben Gallery in Chelsea; and Trans-Realism–An exhibition of contemporary art from China at Christie's in New York. Loh was part of the founding team of the Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York, 2007 and 2008. From 2003 to 2005, she was co-publisher of the magazine “Art Asia Pacific.” Loh was born and raised in Shanghai and educated in the United States. She holds a Master's Degree in Computer Graphics from the University of Pennsylvania.
v Asian Art Piers | Associate Director: Louise Chen
Asian Art Piers is a fine art gallery specializing in Chinese and Asian contemporary art. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing and promoting ground-breaking Chinese and Asian contemporary works of art that embody superb cultural, historic, academic and market values, challenge the status quo of today's art in Asia and enrich the dialogue in the art world. Louis Chen is the associate director of Asian Art Piers. Prior to assuming this position, Louise worked for her mentor, the prominent New York art gallerist Stefan Stux. With a focus on Asian and Chinese Contemporary Art, she has been working on a dozen of well-acclaimed Stux exhibitions, featuring prominent Chinese contemporary artists as well as other western contemporary artists.
v Sundaram Tagore Gallery | Director: Susan McCaffrey
Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. The gallery develops exhibitions and hosts not-for-profit events that encourage spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues. The gallery owner, Sundaram Tagore, is an art historian, gallerist, and an award-winning filmmaker. A descendant of the influential poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, he promotes East-West dialogue through his contributions to numerous exhibitions as well as his galleries in New York (Chelsea and Madison Avenue), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beverly Hills, and their multicultural and multidisciplinary events.
v MIYAKO YOSHINAGA Gallery | Director: Miyako Yoshinaga
Established in 1999, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA (formerly MIYAKO YOSHINAGA Art Prospects) embraces diverse styles and visions in contemporary art, while maintaining the highest standards of quality. Under the direction of former museum researcher, Miyako Yoshinaga, the gallery has been a vital venue for up-and-coming international artists working in all media. The gallery has been recognized for organizing a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions with Asian and Asian-American artists such as CoversAsia (2002) at the National Gallery of Cayman Islands. The gallery has also committed to social and humanitarian causes since its inception. Last year, the gallery raised funding for relief efforts and psychological care for child victims of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
v ArtGate Gallery | Director/Partner: So Yeon Sylvia Kim
ArtGate Gallery was incorporated in 2007 with aspirations of supporting artists of diverse cultural and aesthetic backgrounds on an international scale. The focus of the gallery is to present high quality exhibitions of both emerging and renowned artists who embrace art with an innovative approach and integrity. ArtGate Gallery regularly exhibits the works of artists who have yet to receive recognition but confront contemporary issues by challenging the general understanding of today’s art world. So Yeon Sylvia Kim is the director and partner of ArtGate Gallery. She received her BFA from the University of California, San Diego.