Art for all at reasonable prices
Art does not always have to come at a high price.
An art fair at the Shanghai Exhibition Center features 1,546 artworks created by nearly 600 young artists from around the world, including China, America, Europe and Japan, with most pieces costing from 1,000 yuan (US$145) to 10,000 yuan.
All the artists are recent art school graduates.
“Never think that art at a cheap price is cheap art,” said Jiang Bing, the fair’s manager. “Our mission is to give exposure to these young students, who might be unknown now, yet a big shot tomorrow.”
The most expensive painting at the fair is an acrylic canvas created by Dong Yanxi, a graduate of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The 3.2-meter-long and 2.4-meter-wide work is priced at 60,000 yuan.
Another highlight is a canvas entitled “River Road” created by Shao Tong, also from the Beijing school. Shao's painting consists of 15 small oils and is priced at 49,800 yuan.
Besides paintings, prints and sculptures are also on offer. A fiber-glass work entitled “Deer 2” created by Wang Lin from Xiamen University is for sale at 8,000 yuan.
The fair ends on Sunday.