Last Updated:Feb 20, 2011

G-tokyo 2010 — A New Art Fair

A stylish art fair is born at Mori Arts Center Gallery.

Last January “Art@Agnes” was held for the final time. There is still no official word on whether “101Tokyo” is happening this April. Certainly seems like a brave time to be starting a new art fair. But this is at Mori and nothing is impossible. A strong selection of the capital’s top contemporary art galleries have gathered together in one place for “G-tokyo 2010”.

Rather than the vast maze-like sprawl common to many other art fairs, “G-tokyo 2010” is structured in three modest tiers, making for an art fair experience that is thankfully not a marathon. Instead of volume, the organizers have concentrated on presentation and curation. Each of the galleries is allotted a huge booth, sometimes larger than the actual gallery’s real exhibition space. Wide, wooden corridors allow visitors to stand back and take in the works. Very chic. Very Mori.

Photo: William Andrews

Each of the three tiers has wide corridors. No crammed booths or packed passages at this art fair.
Each of the three tiers has wide corridors. No crammed booths or packed passages at this art fair.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

Visitors peer at a work by Anish Kapoor, opposite the SCAI The Bathhouse booth.
Visitors peer at a work by Anish Kapoor, opposite the SCAI The Bathhouse booth.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

...which was emitting a strange pink colour.
...which was emitting a strange pink colour.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

Inside, the paintings were literally glowing.
Inside, the paintings were literally glowing.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

Yusuke Saito's giant wall at the Gallery Side 2 booth.
Yusuke Saito's giant wall at the Gallery Side 2 booth.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

The hiromiyoshii booth was dominated by a video installation.
The hiromiyoshii booth was dominated by a video installation.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

One of the most interesting parts of the fair were the areas connecting the sections. At this one people could relax on designer furniture in a darkened lounge.
One of the most interesting parts of the fair were the areas connecting the sections. At this one people could relax on designer furniture in a darkened lounge.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

Artist Teppei Kaneuji (right) looks on as visitors discuss his work and others' at the Shugoarts booth.
Artist Teppei Kaneuji (right) looks on as visitors discuss his work and others' at the Shugoarts booth.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

Another connecting section, this time a stunning undergrowth forest produced by Sou Fujimoto. Walking across the space is Mark Pearson, of Zen Foto Gallery.
Another connecting section, this time a stunning undergrowth forest produced by Sou Fujimoto. Walking across the space is Mark Pearson, of Zen Foto Gallery.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

You had to watch where you put your feet when the forest pathway had a traffic jam.
You had to watch where you put your feet when the forest pathway had a traffic jam.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

Steve Jobs would be proud: Mac becomes art.
Steve Jobs would be proud: Mac becomes art.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

The usual ethnographically grotesque piece at Yamamoto Gendai.
The usual ethnographically grotesque piece at Yamamoto Gendai.
Photo: William Andrews

Yes, that is a pylon in the Mizuma Art Gallery booth.
Yes, that is a pylon in the Mizuma Art Gallery booth.
Photo: William Andrews

Eerie lights by Olafur Eliasson at Gallery Koyanagi's booth.
Eerie lights by Olafur Eliasson at Gallery Koyanagi's booth.
Photo: Willliam Andrews

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William Andrews

William Andrews

William Andrews came to Japan in 2004. He first lived in Osaka, where he was a translator for Kansai Art Beat. Arriving in Tokyo in 2008, he now works as an writer, editor and translator. He writes a blog about Japanese radicalism and counterculture (<a href="https://throwoutyourbooks.wordpress.com/">ThrowOutYourBooks.wordpress.com</a>) and one about Tokyo contemporary theatre (<a href="http://www.tokyostages.wordpress.com">TokyoStages.wordpress.com</a>). He is the author of <em>Dissenting Japan: A History of Japanese Radicalism and Counterculture, from 1945 to Fukushima</em>.

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