Contemporary Chinese photography celebrated at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco second edition | PHOTOFAIRS

Contemporary Chinese photography celebrated at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco second edition

© HAI BO, South Series No. 31, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.


PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco uniquely draws upon the Asian content of its sister fair in Shanghai to offer collectors on the West Coast access to artists and galleries never before seen in the Bay Area.

Acclaimed Chinese artist Hai Bo will be the subject of the Spotlight exhibition and SFMOMA will present a gallery of works by three cutting-edge Chinese artists, acquired at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai.

The 2018 edition will see the debut of leading Asian galleries M97 (Shanghai), ShanghART Gallery (Beijing, Shanghai & Singapore), Tang Feng Gallery (Miaoli City) and Three Shadows +3 Gallery (Beijing & Xiamen).  Noted Asian artists will also be featured by returning galleries including Naoya Hatakeyama (SAGE, Paris), Jungjin Lee (Galerie Stephan Witschi, Zurich), Shen Wei and Boomoon (Flowers Gallery, London & New York).


Spotlight: Hai Bo

The Fair’s Spotlight sector, which highlights a living artist of contemporary importance, will see the public debut of Hai Bo’s new series The Southern.

Hai Bo (b. 1962) is a distinguished Chinese artist whose works are in museum collections across the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Getty.  His highly conceptual photographs document the changing social, economic and environmental climate of contemporary Chinese society.  The Southern reflects upon the ordinary and mysterious scenes in southern China, containing elements from the past to the present, from reality to dreams.  The artist will discuss his practice as part of the Conversations talks program on Saturday, February 24 at 1pm.
Hai Bo’s work is being brought to PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco by partner Branding Shanghai together with Pace Gallery and Zephyr Art.


© CHEN WEI, Building, 2015. Courtesy of Leo Xu (Shanghai)


SFMOMA – Chinese Photography Now!

The Fair’s First Look opening night event on Thursday, February 22, will benefit SFMOMA’s photography program, supporting an acquisition of works by three contemporary Chinese artists that will be presented at the fair.

SFMOMA’s Clément Chéroux, Senior Curator of Photography, said: “The museum has a long tradition of collecting and exhibiting works that represent the range and diversity of non-Western photographic production. In addition to our deep concentrations of American and European photographs, we have developed strong holdings by Japanese, Mexican, and South African photographers. Currently, we are working to expand our collection of contemporary Chinese photography.

Chéroux continues: “PHOTOFAIRS also presents an annual fair in Shanghai. The fourth edition of that event, held in September 2017, highlighted the liveliness and creativity of China’s contemporary photography scene. From the many works featured there we selected twenty-eight pictures by three different Chinese artists: South Ho Siu Nam (b. 1984), Chen Wei (b. 1980) and Chen Xiaoyun (b. 1971). Those photographs, displayed here, will enter the SFMOMA collection through the generous acquisition support of PHOTOFAIRS.