Event Date：2017/09/08-2017/09/10 Event Venue：No. 1000 middle Yanan Road
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 buyers attending PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai since its launch in 2014 have greatly supported the development of the photographic medium in China, nowthe world’s largest art market.
The fourth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will be supported by Porsche as the fair’s Presenting Partner.
The 2017 edition is defined by cutting-edge photography from emerging andestablished 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 Xiaoyi (A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu) and Wu Ding (M Art Center, Shanghai), Pixy Liao (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai), Shen Wei (Flowers Gallery, London & New York). It will also recognise the talent of established Chinese artists including Yang Yongliang (Matthew Liu Fine Art, Shanghai) and Wang Wusheng (Three Shadows +3 Gallery, Beijing & Xiamen).
Historically important presentations at th efair will include: William Eggleston (CAMERWORK, Berlin), 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), Marc Riboud (Magnum Photos, London & Paris), Masato Seto (see+ gallery, Beijing) and Daido Moriyama (Three Shadows +3 Gallery, Beijing & Xiamen).
© DAIDO MORIYAMA, Kuchibiru'(red), 2007. Courtesy of Three Shadows + 3 Gallery (Beijing)
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will welcome several new galleries this year - Tasveer (New Delhi & Bangalore) who will present Karen Knorr and (Longmen Art Projects, 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.
© PAULETTE TAVORMINA, Lemons and Pomegranates, After J.V.H., 2010. Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery (New York)
PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai brings together leading international figures from the art world including artists, curators and collectors.
The program features Insights, a thematic exhibition exploring current trends in contemporary photography; Conversations, an extensive talks program that aims to inspire discussion and debate, Staged, an exhibition of large-scale works that challenge our understanding and expectations of photography as well as Spotlight, an exhibition that explores the mindset, practice and influence of an individual artists.
Insights | A Color Explosion
Insights is an initiative which focuses on an important moment in the development of the fine art photography practices. PHOTOFAIRS’ Artistic Director Alexander Montague-Sparey looked to the mid-1970s and the moment at which the art world started to view photography as an artistic medium, partially due to the increased use of color.
© HAROLD EGERTON, Bullet Piercing Apple, 1964. Courtesy of Timeless Gallery (Beijing)
The exhibition will trace color photography from the mid-1970s to the present day and feature artists including William Eggleston (CAMERA WORK, Berlin), Daido Moriyama (Three Shadows + 3 Gallery, Beijing & Xiamen) Richard Misrach (Robert Mann Gallery, New York), Jiang Pengyi (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong), Cheng Ran (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai) Vik Muniz (Matthew Liu Fine Art, Shanghai), and Robert Zhao (ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore).
Artists and art world experts lead a dynamic program of talks and debates that examine key themes and ideas seen throughout the fair. Speakers include artists Lu Yang, Yang Fudong, and Masato Seto with leading collectors Adrian Cheng, Ben Wood and Artur Walther alongside curators and influencers such as Jefferson Hack, David Gryn and Erin Barnett.
© YANG YONGLIANG, Endless Streams, 2017, Courtesy of Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai)
Staged | New to the fair this program explores the relationship between photography and other art forms such as installation art, sculpture, video and painting. Transcending the traditional art fair stand, the interventions will appear throughout the fair offering visitors key sites of discovery.
© BIRDHEAD, Welcome to Birdhead World Again 2016. Courtesy of ShanghArt (Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore)
Participants include Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney) | Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) | Chronus Art Center (Shanghai) | Luxelakes A4 Art Museum (Chengdu) | Shanghai Himalayas Museum (Shanghai) | International Center for Photography (New York) | Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) | OCAT Xi’an (Xi’an) | PACE Gallery (New York, Hong Kong, Menlo Park, Beijing, London, Palo Alto & Seoul) | ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore) | Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai).
Spotlight | Ren Hang: 19 Photos, KWM artcenter is pleased to show an exhibition of the final works printed and authenticated by the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang for PHOTOTFAIRS | Shanghai. 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.
© REN HANG, Untitled, 2014. Courtesy of KWM artcenter (Beijing)
Collectors' Exhibition | Telling Tales, curated by Erin Barnett (International Center for Photography, New York) will offer aninsight into the private acquisitions of powerful Chinese art collectors; Adrian Cheng (K11 Art Foundation), David Chau (Cc Foundation), Jenny Jinyuan Wang (Fosun Foundation) and Thomas Shao (Modern Media Group). Artists featured include René Burri, Annie Leibovitz, Araki Nobuyoshi alongside and emerging talent JR, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran.
© CHEN WEI, Ping Pong, 2011. Courtesy of David Chau (Cc Foundation), Private Collection
Daata Editions Commission
Daata Editions | PHOTOFAIRS is delighted to announced the launch of the Daata Editions Commission powered by Artune, The Social Platform for a Global Art Community, at the fourth edition of the fair. This year’s commission will be created by Chinesecontemporary artist, Lu Yang. The new work will be available on the Daata Editions website as a free download, in response to a flourishing interest from the Asian art market to engage with the digital medium.
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