CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART AT TEFAF 2016
New to TEFAF 2016 is Pearl Lam Galleries, which has locations in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. Lam is showing lacquered, monochromatic paintings by artist Su Xiaobai and abstract expressionistic canvases by painter Zhu Jinshi, both hailing from China.
“TEFAF is one of the most interesting art fairs,” Pearl Lam stated, as we viewed the two painters’ works in her booth. “When we talk about Western contemporary art we always talk about modernism. We need to have something that cuts from the past and cuts from traditions. But when we talk about Chinese contemporary art, we talk about art that evolves from tradition, which completely contradicts the Western model. So the best platform for showing Chinese contemporary art is a fair like TEFAF, because we are talking about traditions here—everything is here, and the hierarchies are erased.”