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PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2017 Preview


PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2017 Preview
An overview of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai (Image courtesy of James Ambrose and PHOTOFAIRS)

The 4th edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will take place from 7th till 10th September at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. With 50 galleries and institutions from 16 countries and 28 cities participating in the fair this year, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai continues to drive the interest in collecting contemporary photography in China and in the Asia-Pacific region since its launch in 2014.

We take a look at the works that will be on view in the 2017 edition, as well as the exciting programmes. Read on to find out more!

"International Hotel, No. 8" (2010) by Yang Fudong

Image courtesy of David Chau and PHOTOFAIRS

The Public Programme includes Conversations, a series of talks by heavy-weight speakers, such as Erin Barnett, Director of Collections and Exhibitions of New York's International Center of Photography, who is the curator of the Collectors' Exhibition. She remarks that the show is "a unique opportunity to see photographic and video works from some of China, Japan and Europe’s most compelling artists."

An overview of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai

Image courtesy of James Ambrose and PHOTOFAIRS

This year's Collectors' Exhibition features major works from four Chinese collectors. They are Adrian Cheng of K11 Art Foundation, David Chau of Cc Foundation, Jenny Wang of Fosun Foundation and Thomas Shao of Shao Foundation & Modern Media Group. The artists whose works are showcased will give talks at the fair, such as Yang Fudong, Jiang Pengyi, Shen Wei and Cheng Ran.

Besides the artists who will speak about their work, these artists are part of the exhibition as well: René Burri, Annie Leibovitz, Araki Nobuyoshi, Robert Capa and Zhang Kechun.

"Untitled" (2015) by Ren Hang. 

Image courtesy of KWM artcenter Beijing, and PHOTOFAIRS

Other exhibitions include Spotlight, which will present 19 photographs by the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang, who passed away in February 2017. The Insights exhibition focuses on the mid-1970s, a moment when color photography gained attention in the art world as an artistic medium.

"Dissolution No. 5" (2017) by Jiang Pengyi

Image courtesy of Blindspot Gallery Hong Kong, and PHOTOFAIRS

Meanwhile, the inaugural Staged program explores the crossover between photography and other contemporary art forms and Chinese artist Lu Yang creates digital artwork for Daata Editions Commission. The debut of a four-part exhibition, Fascination, will be presented by Porsche.

"Dusk of Mr. Chen" (2007) by Chen Xiaoyun

Image courtesy of David Chau and PHOTOFAIRS

"Bullet Piercing Apple" (1964) by Harold Egerton

Image courtesy of Timeless Gallery Beijing and PHOTOFAIRS

"Lost Hotel" (2016) by Chen Wei

Image courtesy of ShanghArt Gallery Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and PHOTOFAIRS

If you are comtemplating collecting photography, Alexander Montague-Sparey, the Artistic Director of PHOTOFAIRS, offers tips in this Collecting Photography Guide. Important points to consider includes paper types, editions, artists' proofs, unique works, condition reports, provenance, vintage vs printed later, primary and secondary market, VAT, framing and shipping.

"Liulitun, Beijing, 2003, No. 1" (2003) by Rongrong & Inri

Image courtesy of Thomas Shao and PHOTOFAIRS

"JR at the Louvre, La Pyramide, 17 June 2016, 9:13" (2016) by JR

Image courtesy of Jenny Wang and PHOTOFAIRS

"Endless Streams" (2017) by Yang Yongliang

Image courtesy of Mathew Liu Fine Arts Shanghai and PHOTOFAIRS

As the demand for contemporary photography increases in the art market, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai brings together works from around the world to China on this occasion.

"Family Tree" (2015) by Zhang Huan

Image courtesy of Pace Gallery and PHOTOFAIRS

Lu Xun, Art collector and Director of Sifang Art Museum, China, states that "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."



The Artling is proud to be an Official Media Partner for PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2017!

To find out more about PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, click here.

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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