A melting pot of world's finest arts on display at West Bund
Modeled on Paris’ Left Bank and London’s South Bank, the once-industrial Shanghai West Bund area has been slowly developing into a world-class waterfront hub for culture, art and design.
This weekend, the fourth edition of the West Bund Art & Design Exhibition will be held at the West Bund Art Center, formerly an aircraft factory. It will feature some of the best galleries from China and abroad, including Hauser & Wirth, Malingue Gallery and Ota Fine Arts.
This year, nearly 70 galleries will participate in the exhibition. Since 2014, the fair has continued to welcome and cultivate a diverse range of galleries, collaborating with museums and art institutions, as well as design and architectural studios.
Launching for the first time at the fair is Talent, a new exhibition platform presenting works of emerging international artists from 16 galleries in such cities as Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin and New York.
Boundaries, techniques and conventions are mixed and burred to produce thought-provoking works like Chinese Lin Guocheng’s painstakingly detailed pen sketches, New York-based Sarah Faux’s abstract paintings of female bodies in figure-skating and Indonesian visual and sound artist Bagus Pandega’s light installation that consists of 182 rotating amber warning lights.
The spotlight of the fair is undoubtedly ArtReview Asia Xian Chang, which will showcase cutting-edge works of both Asian and international artists. ArtReview Asia was founded in 2013 as a sister publication to ArtReview, one of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazines which is published quarterly. This is the second year for ArtReview Asia Xian Chang to appear at the local fair.
Many of the works, included in these special exhibitions, have been created especially for the venue. They can be found on the plaza in front of the West Bund Art Center’s main entrance, along the riverside on Longteng Road or at CAMP 3399, a public park opposite the Long Art Museum.
Nearly 30 invited artists from 16 countries and regions will present 32 works – 13 of which are new in this category.
The 22 sculptures in this section include works created by late Hans Josephsohn, regarded as one of the most important Swiss sculptors, British post-war sculptor Lynn Chadwick and Chinese artists Ding Yi and Zhou Li, who are known for extending concepts of painting into physical space.
West Bund Art & Design will award project features in ArtReview Asia Xian Chang, chosen by members of the committee. Winners will be announced during the fair.
Date: November 10, 12-7pm; November 11, 10am-7pm; November 12, 1:30-7pm
Address: West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Ave