PHOTOFAIRS launches fourth Shanghai edition
- Recognised as Asia Pacific’s most authoritative platform on contemporary photography, and the most
international art fair in mainland China
- Ambitious, museum quality presentations will give Asia Pacific collectors and buyers access to artists
never exhibited in China before
- China’s most important art collectors share their private collections
- Featured artists include: Chen Wei, Zhang Hai’er, Gohar Dashti, Roman Signer
"PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is the most important and prestigious gateway for collectors and enthusiasts in Asia to embrace this dynamic medium in art. Highly visual and conceptual, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is joined by the best international galleries and artists - going to the fair is a fantastic experience."
-Lu Xun, Art collector and Director of Sifang Art Museum, China
This September, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai returns to China for the fourth year to celebrate the art of the photographic medium. Taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Center from 8-10 September 2017, the fair is widely recognised as Asia Pacific’s home for cutting-edge photography and a key driver of China’s maturing photography market.
Ambitious, museum-quality presentations throughout the 2017 edition will bring together emerging and established artists who push the boundaries of the photographic medium, and challenge the notion of what photography can be. With this sole focus on photography, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai offers collectors, curators and visitors from across the Asia Pacific region an unparalleled site of discovery.
Strong sales and an increasing number of collectors and buying attending PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai since its launch in 2014 have greatly supported the development of the photographic medium in China, now the world’s largest art market.
The fourth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will be supported by Porsche as the fair’s Presenting Partner.
2017 edition defined by cutting-edge photography from emerging and established artists rarely available to acquire in China
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2017 will feature the new Chinese talent of Peng Yun (Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai); Chen Wei (ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore); Chen Qiulin (A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu) and Wu Ding (M Art Center, Shanghai). It will also recognise the talent of established Chinese artists including Yang Yongliang (Matthew Liu Fine Art, Shanghai) and Zeng Fanzhi ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore).
Historically important presentations at the fair will include: Henri Cartier Bresson (Time Space Gallery, Beijing), Zhang Hai’er (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong), Robert Mapplethorpe (Timeless Gallery, Beijing), Alexander Rodchenko (Books and Photographs, Paris) and Marc Riboud (Magnum Photos, London & Paris).
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will welcome several new galleries this year - Tasveer (Bangalore) who will present Karen Knorr and Longmen Projects (Taipei, Hong Kong & Shanghai) showing Daniel Lee Postaer. Robert Mann Gallery (New York), who participated in PHOTOFAIRS’ inaugural San Francisco edition in January 2017, will show artists including Richard Misrach, Jeff Brouws, and Paulette Tavormina, giving Asia Pacific collectors and buyers access to leading American artists never exhibited in China before.
International artists will also continue to be supported at the fair – Lillian Bassman (CAMERA WORK, Berlin) and Esther Vonplon and Roman Singer (Galerie Stephan Witschi, Zurich) will join Lea Jessens (In The Gallery, Copenhagen), Gohar Dashti (Mohsen Gallery, Tehran) and Carla van de Puttelaar and Schilte & Portielje (Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam)
Fourteen countries are already represented across the gallery list. The full line up will be announced this summer.
© Harry Callahan, Chicago, c. 1951, Courtesy of The Estate of Harry Callahan and Robert Mann Gallery (New York)
- Staged: Exploring the relationship between photography and other art forms
© BIRDHEAD, Welcome to Birdhead World Again 2016. Courtesy of ShanghArt (Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore)
Staged is a unique and experimental platform that will showcase large-scale works that transcend the boundaries of photography from artists who approach the medium in new ways using installation art, video and performance.
The program will include a range of works, from renowned contemporary artistic duo Birdhead (ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore) who will present ‘Welcome to Birdhead’ a 13 x 3 m photographic installation through to a special exhibition of key South Korean artists including Won Seoung-Won and Han Sungpil held in the private collection of the Museum of Photography Seoul.
The full Staged program will be announced this summer.
- China’s most influential collectors open their private archives
© YANG FUDONG, International Hotel No.8, 2010. Courtesy of David Chau (Cc Foundation), Private Collection
For the first time, a special exhibition will offer a curated insight into the private acquisitions of powerful art collectors David Chau (Cc Foundation), Adrian Cheng (K11 Art Foundation), Thomas Shao (Modern Media Group), and Jenny Wang (Fosun Foundation).
Ranked among the top collectors in China, the carefully curated exhibition from the collectors’ archives highlights the active interest, energy and commitment to buying photography and moving image.
The exhibition will feature works by Araki Nobuyoshi, Yang Fudong and Geng Jianyi amongst others.
- Dynamic discussion and unique exhibitions offered in public program
© HAROLD EGERTON, Bullet Piercing Apple, 1964. Courtesy of Timeless Gallery (Beijing)
© Feng Li, Colorful Clouds, 2008. Courtesy of A Thousand Plateaus Art Space (Chengdu)
The dialogue surrounding the importance of collecting is underlined throughout the public programming of Conversations and Insights.
Insights | A Colour Explosion is a curated exhibition of museum-quality works for private sale. The exhibition will trace the influence of pioneering artists such as William Eggleston (CAMERA WORK, Berlin) and Harry Callahan (Robert Mann Gallery, New York) on the next generation of contemporary artists including Jiang Pengyi (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong), Andrea Good (Galerie Stephan Witschi, Zurich), Shen Wei (Flowers Gallery, London & New York) and Robert Zhao (ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore).
The Conversations talks program will focus on the art of collecting and the role of the private and public museums in developing the photography market in Asia Pacific. The full programme will be announced this summer.
© Ren Hang, Untitled, 2014. Courtesy of KWM artcenter (Beijing)
Spotlight | 19 Photos
Spotlight is a curated PHOTOFAIRS initiative. Its main objective is to highlight an artist of international renown who is of particular relevance and importance to the contemporary photography space and market at the time of the fair.
Alongside Insights and Staged, Spotlight is part of PHOTOFAIRS’ ongoing mission to present cutting-edge exhibitions alongside the booths of participating dealers. These focused initiatives give collectors a myriad of opportunities to experience a variety of presentations, which underline the formidable aesthetic and intellectual power characteristic of the photographic arts.
KWM artcenter is pleased to show an exhibition of the final works printed and authenticated by the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang for the PHOTOTFAIRS Shanghai. All 19 works, originally displayed at the KWM artcenter in Beijing for his last exhibition 'Beauty Without Beards' in February 2017, demonstrate his instinctive affinity to the medium of photography. Since his death a reassessment of his work has begun avoiding the heavily emphasised sexual-political framework within which his work was often contextualised during his life.
Through research of his interviews, both with himself and with those who were close to him, personally and professionally, as well as looking closer at the way he lived, his belongings and images he looked at, one can clearly see that there are art historical and aesthetic precedents that present an often-ignored filter through which to understand his work.
This exhibition highlights his enthusiasm for abstraction within the human body. The male bodies in this selection of his works are naked, alive, tactile and desirable and, at same time, also compositions, gestures, arrangements and forms. Both human and inhuman.
© PENG YUN, Film Still from Miss Melissa and Mr. Fish at 2.31pm, 2013. Courtesy of Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai)
© Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Salt Steps, 2004. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery (London, New York, Hong Kong)
© HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON. Courtesy of Time Space Gallery (Beijing)
© PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, Liu Wen New York 2012 Courtesy of CAMERA WORK (Berlin)
© SHEN WEI, Doorway (Red/Cyan), 2016. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery (London, Hong Kong & New York)