With three major art events opening in Shanghai this week, (ShContemporary 08, Shanghai Biennale and Shanghai Art Fair), September is an important month for artists, galleries, art collectors and unemployed Art History students. And alongside these big events, most galleries in Shanghai are also hosting special exhibitions with the hopes of attracting the attention of the international art collectors who are swarming the city.
“Despite only being in its second year, ShContemporary now attracts more than 130 galleries, representing 20 countries, with visitors and collectors from all over the world”, writes Girolamo Marri of SH in his article Art Beats, “and half of the participating galleries are from outside the Asia Pacific area. Even if you’re not an art dealer or art professional, going to ShContemporary should still be a priority.”
And with art comes the special VIP after parties that we crashed last year (SHContemporary 07 was especially good, yum smoked salmon canapes). But most of the time it’s by-invitation-only and you need to sneak in uninvited. We’ve listed some, but not all the events. Some are just too top secret.
Mark your calendars for art openings this week:
Monday September 8
14:00: Contrasts Gallery, Wang Tiande: “One Meter Seventy Three”
17:00: 1918 Artspace, “Ten”
17:00: Park Ryk Sook, "Mustaba: Project for AUE"
Time not provided: Opening Ceremony Biennale
Tuesday September 9
14:00 SH Contemporary, VIP preview
19:00: Contrasts Gallery – Xian Feng Industrial Park, “We are the World”
Wednesday September 10
14:00: SH Contemporary, Arthub art talk “Birth of Avantgarde in Shanghai.”
15:00-20:00: IFA Gallery, "Gao Brothers"
16:00: White Factory Weihai 696, “Indefinite Beauty”
Thursday September 11
18:00: Studio Rouge M50
14:00: SH Contemporary, Arthub book launch “Rejected Collection”
18:00-20:00: James Cohan Gallery, Yinka Shonibare
Friday September 12
14:00: SH Contemporary, Arthub book launch Birdhead
18:00: Andrew James, “Is this Asia?”
Saturday September 13
14:00: SH Contemporary, Arthub presents Asia Art Forum
Sunday September 14
15:00 Art Labor, You Si
Photo from klauslittmann