March 2020 (Postponed)
ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL ORGANIZERS: Misako & Jeffrey Ian Rosen (MISAKO & ROSEN) + COBRA (XYZ Collective) Photo by : Ken Kagami
The Gallery-Share Model Is Finding New Life in Tokyo With an Initiative That’s Bringing a Slew of International Dealers to Japan
Onsen Confidential wants to help form new partnerships and relationships—while offering participants the chance to steam in ancient hot springs....
...When asked about the vitality of gallery-shares in general, Rosen has optimism—but stresses that new models should not be solely focused on selling, but more about facilitating new connections, unique projects, and a wider viewership. “If we present a show in our space it is somewhat in isolation, given the shift away from the gallery show as the dominant mode of seeing and experiencing art,” he says. “The anarchic spirit of gallery-shares seems to have, to some degree, fallen by the wayside and the events are now being dealt with as as one might deal with an art fair. We all need to find the original energy for gallery-share models and retain that spark.”
- Kate Brown, Artnet News