Stands A3 & D6
West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai
YINKA SHONIBARE MBE (RA) b. 1962, Barbie Painting (2013), Acrylic paint
on Dutch wax printed cotton canvas, wires and toys, ø 170 x 9 cm (ø 67 x 3 1/2 in.)
DANFUL YANG b. 1980, Fake Chair (2007), Replica bags upholstery with elm wood frame,
95 x 67 x 73 cm (37 2/5 x 26 2/5 x 28 7/10 in.)
ZHU JINSHI b. 1964, Mistaken Dream of the Lotus Pond (2014), Oil on canvas, 160x180cm x 3 (63 x 71 in. x 3)
Fair Dates: 25–29 September, 2014, 1–5pm
Special Exhibition: 1–26 October, 2014, 10am–5pm (closed on 13 Oct. and 20 Oct.)
SHANGHAI—Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to announce its participation in the first edition of the West Bund Art & Design Fair, presenting artworks in the Galleries sector, stand A3, and design pieces in the Design sector located on the 2nd floor. The fair is the first large-scale international art and design fair in China, which has attracted top galleries from around the world. It will take place at the newly launched West Bund Art Center on the Xuhui Waterfront with the fair opening 26–29 September, and the works continuing to be on show 1–26 October to the general public.
The Galleries section will feature works by leading contemporary artists from across the globe, including Chinese artists Qin Yufen, Su Xiaobai, Zhu Jinshi, Juju Sun and Jiang Dahai; American artist Carlos Rolón/Dzine; as well as UK artists Jim Lambie and Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA). The Galleries will also present works by emerging Beijing artist Ren Ri.
The Design section will showcase works by André Dubreuil (France), Maarten Baas (the Netherlands), Philip Michael Wolfson (USA and UK), XYZ Design (China), and Danful Yang (China).
Although these artists and designers work with a variety of mediums and subject matters, they all contribute to the Galleries’ mission of stimulating cross-cultural dialogue on contemporary art between China, the rest of Asia, and the West. Every artist and designer is engaged with their cultural background and issues relating to identity, be they societal, cultural or national.
Influential Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi, whose works synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, is set to be a highlight at the Pearl Lam Galleries stand with his oil on canvas triptych Mistaken Dream of the Lotus Pond (2014) spanning 5.4 metres in length. Using traditional Chinese aesthetics, Zhu will present a series of ‘mind images’ that emphasise the harmony between mankind and the natural world. Each image is mapped with thick, layered oil paint to create highly textured surfaces that represent inner spirituality, the experience of migration and the perception of world phenomenon.
Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)’s Dreaming Rich Painting (2013) continues the artist’s exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism, while commenting on modern day relationships with labour, power, and wealth. The work incorporates Shonibare’s trademark use of Dutch wax printed cotton textile, as well as figurines of luxury brand logos, guns, and luxury bags. The work was created for Shonibare’s 2013 solo exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong.
Also on show will be colourful Chinese abstract paintings by Qin Yufen, sensuous sculpture-like lacquer paintings by Su Xiaobai, and a large mirror sculpture by Scottish artist Jim Lambie, which reflects and distorts the viewer’s perception of space.
Pearl Lam Galleries will also be showing works by emerging Chinese artist Ren Ri (b. 1984, Harbin) for the first time, he has developed a unique sculptural style using beeswax. In Yuansu II, he created a series of stunning geometrical sculptures using bee psychology.
In the Design sector, Pearl Lam Design is proud to present design pieces, which blur the line between art and design, handmade by Chinese craftsmen. The Galleries invited local and international designers to create works that address China today and incorporate traditional Chinese art and craft techniques.
Shanghai-based designer Danful Yang will present works from her Fake series, including chairs upholstered with imitation luxury bags. These chairs are a statement about the onslaught of consumer culture and the aspirations of a new generation of Chinese people in an increasingly homogeneous society fascinated with brand names and logos.
French designer and decorative artist André Dubreuil will exhibit a collection of stainless steel tables entitled The 4 Seasons. He uses a modern material to recreate traditional Chinese stacking tables. Another highlight is Dubreuil’s Four Seasons Console Table, an elmwood table with cloisonné, also modelled on traditional Chinese design with its lattice table legs, but given Dubreuil’s French flourish.
About Pearl Lam Galleries
Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China. Playing a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese and Asian contemporary art, the Galleries is dedicated to championing artists who re-evaluate and challenge perceptions of cultural practice from the region. The Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore collaborate with renowned curators, each presenting distinct programming from major solo exhibitions, special projects and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows. Based on the philosophy of Chinese Literati where art forms have no hierarchy, Pearl Lam Galleries is dedicated to breaking down boundaries between different disciplines, with a unique gallery model committed to encouraging cross-cultural exchange.
Contemporary Chinese Abstract art is heavily represented in the Galleries roster. Influential Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi and Su Xiaobai, who synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, are presented internationally with work now included in major private and public collections worldwide. The Galleries have also introduced leading international artists such as Jenny Holzer, Jim Lambie and Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work, which engages specifically with the region—collaborating to produce thought-provoking and culturally relevant work.
Pearl Lam Design shows works by established and emerging international designers, including Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, André Dubreuil, and Studio Makkink & Bey, in exhibitions and design fairs around the world. They are invited to push the boundaries of traditional Chinese art and craft techniques and create new works that reflect their experiences in China. A fourth gallery and concept store devoted solely to design will open shortly in Shanghai.
About West Bund Art & Design
A forthcoming fair in Shanghai, West Bund Art and Design will take place at the Xuhui Waterfront 25–29 September, with the works continuing to be on show 1–26 October. The fair’s iconic site, now the West Bund Art Center, was transformed from a former Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory workshop.
Co-organised by the Shanghai West Bund Development Group Co., Ltd and renowned Chinese contemporary artist Zhou Tiehai, it will be the first international fair in China that integrates art and design. Following the inauguration of Long Museum Westbund and Yuz Museum this year, West Bund Art Center further infuses a fresh aura to the “West Bund Cultural Corridor”. Led by its director Zhou Tiehai, the first edition of the fair features over 20 established galleries and 10 design institutions from China and abroad. A series of events will be held during the fair, including a global summit forum focusing in the creation of art and design, curatorial issues, museum operation, and art collections, etc., building Asia’s premier cross-cultural exchange platform.
Moxian Sun /Pearl Lam Galleries
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