Shifting Focus: From Japan to the Middle East

Date: July 8

Time: 18:45 – 20:00

Venue: Asia House  63 New Cavendish Street,  London,  W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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As international interest in contemporary art has grown, so has the number of influential art organisations, Biennials and other events in cities around the world including Istanbul, Sharjah, Mumbai, Dhaka, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul.

What are some of the forces leading this growth and who are the beneficiaries? Does this reflect a shift in focus from a Eurocentric view of cultural production? What types of networks, relationships and exchanges are developing between these new centres? Art collector and patron Judith Greer will discuss these changes and developments from a personal perspective, starting with her time in Japan in the 1980s-1990s through to her work over the last nine years in the Middle East.

Currently Director of International Programmes for the United Arab Emirates Sharjah Art Foundation, Judith Greer has a long history of both professional and personal involvement in international contemporary art, including her decade-long immersion in Japanese art and culture, (1983-93) with six years as Associate Director at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.

To date Judith has co-authored both the definitive Tokyo City Guide (1983) and Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook (2006) and now lectures internationally about the art world in the Middle East as well as on the subjects of contemporary art collecting and patronage. She was a juror for the 2007 Max Mara Prize for Women Artists and, in 2009, on the jury for the Dubai-based Sheikha Manal Young Artists Award for UAE artists. Judith is a patron of numerous art institutions and on the Board of Trustees of the London based Artangel arts organisation.