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07 Sep 2012 - 09 Sep 2012

Shanghai | SH Contemporary Asia Pacific Art Fair


SH Contemporary 2012 takes place from September 7-9 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center with a 4-day programme of openings, studio visits and events, in cooperation with the city’s leading galleries and cultural initiatives.

Serving primarily the development of the Asia-Pacific region’s art markets, SH Contemporary is an efficient commercial platform and a curatorially-led  project, displaying the most interesting new finds in contemporary art to discerning international collectors and art lovers. The 2011 edition saw a growth in sales of emerging and renowned Asian and Western artists and a renewed energy with the participation of 90 galleries - complemented by 30 individual artists' projects - over 30 private museums and institutions, 500 invited collectors and 35.000 visitors. SH Contemporary 2012 is organized into 2 main sections juxtaposing and amplifying cutting-edge and emerging art: 1. The Art Show features 100 selected exhibitors, including top galleries and sectors dedicated to young galleries and galleries specialized in photography and prints, and private collections and institutions 2. SH Contemporary Projects, coordinated by Arthub Asia’s network of curators with the support of participating galleries, highlights the work of leading Chinese and international talents into different sections: • Now Ink is an ongoing exhibition initiated with last edition of SH Contemporary, focusing on new ink and calligraphy-related multimedia works. • Hot Spots is dedicated to large scale and site specific projects, and on-site performances, by established artists, including this year a series of monumental commissioned pieces by contemporary Indian sculptors. Developed in co-operation with The Creative India Foundation and its director Diana Campbell. • First Issue is built around the newest works by young artists who had their first important presentations in 2011-12. A true reseach tool for collectors. • The Video Room is dedicated to the latest developments in moving image and new media. • The 2nd edition of The Asia Pacific Photography Prize will be awarded by a prestigious jury of international photographers, editors, curators and critics. Moreover, SH Contemporary 2012 will feature an extensive cycle of panel discussions and talks: • Conversations is a cycle of conferences addressing issues regarding the region’s art markets and their relationships. • Pillow Talks is a new series of intimate conversations among artists, critics, curators, gallerists, and collectors friends. • Premiered during SH Contemporary 2011 to help bridging galleries and museum collections, the Private Museum Alliance - hosted by Le Royal Méridien Shanghai (by invitation only) - will bring for the second time to the fair a consortium of 28 museums based in mainland China, both public and private. • The first edition of The Asian Curators Meeting - hosted by Le Royal Méridien Shanghai (by invitation only) - will focus on the way non-Asian institutions collect, display and egage with contemporary Asian artists and art. Image: TITLE Everything Illuminates No.7 ARTIST Jiang Pengyi YEAR 2012 SIZE 73.35x110 cm MEDIUM Archival Inkjet Print COURTESY OF AIKE-DELLARCO