The fourth edition of Shanghai International Contemporary Art Fair (part of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival) kicks off today and promises to be more exciting than ever. From November 10 to 13, no less than 84 galleries, institutions and individuals from 18 different countries will display their work in the hopes of seducing art enthusiasts and collectors.
Directed by Thomas Wuestenhagen, the 2016 edition promises to be a breath of fresh air in the art world: among the participants, 28 are here for the first time. AFP Relaxnews selected eight new comers that deserve the hype.
Greene Naftali (New York, USA)
One of the oldest galleries in the Chelsea district, Greene Naftali became famous for shows including artists such as 1999’s “Free Coke” which brought together artists such as Tracy Emin, Jack Pierson and Chris Ofili. The painter Alex Katz was also an early coup for the gallery owner, Carol Greene.
Gallery Hyundai (Seoul, Korea)
The first specialized gallery in Korea (1970), the Hyundai Gallery presents the country’s most prominent contemporary artists as well as up-and-coming names. The two-location gallery has also exhibited international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Bernar Venet, Billy Childish, François Morellet, Michael Craig-Martin, Natee Utarit, Robert Indiana, Thomas Struth and Zeng Fanzhi.
10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong, China)
Over 15 years, the 10 Chancery Lane gallery has become one of the leading galleries on the Hong Kong art scene, supporting emerging and historically important art forms across Asia-Pacific such as Dinh Q. Lê, The Propeller Group, Huang Rui, Wang Keping, and Manit Sriwanichpoom.
Esther Schipper/Johnen (Berlin, Germany)
Two of Germany’s leading art galleries made the announcement that they would be merging in 2015, marking the birth of a Berlin-based art powerhouse. The completion of the five-year merger will see the opening of a new exhibition space in the city’s creative Potsdamer Strasse neighborhood.
Hauser & Wirth (Zurich, Switzerland)
Established in Switzerland, the international gallery now also operates from London, New York, Somerset and Los Angeles. It has garnered a reputation for representing some of the world’s most exciting emerging and established contemporary artists such as Mark Bradford, Christoph Büchel, Roni Horn, Paul McCarthy and Pipilotti Rist.
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (Vienna, Austria)
Rosemarie Schwarzwälder has owned the internationally-renowned Austrian gallery — which was first founded by Monseigneur Otto Mauer in 1954 — for almost 30 years. Over its history, the gallery has developed a reputation for exceptional exhibitions featuring abstract, conceptual and Minimal art.
1335 MABINI (Manila, Philippines)
Considered one of the top must-see contemporary art galleries in the region, 1335 MABINI is a gallery and multi-disciplinary space set in an historic colonial building. The gallery represents the emerging Filipino art scene.
SODA Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Closely tied to the SODA architectural agency, SODA is a young contemporary art gallery that has quickly made its way onto the list of Bratislava’s top art spaces.