We are delighted to speak to Matthew Liu, founder and Director of Matthew Liu Fine Arts, and learn more about his work at the forefront of the photographic arts scene in PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai’s home city.
Matthew Liu Fine Arts is an established fine art gallery based in Shanghai. Founded on the Bund in 2014, the gallery focuses on contemporary artists whose works fuse the classical philosophies and aesthetics of Asian art with the theories, materials and methods of contemporary Western art. Presenting six exhibitions a year, the gallery is an active and vibrant part of the Shanghai art scene. In recent years it has run solo shows of work by established masters (eg. Vik Muniz Candida Höfer, Olivo Barbieri, Zheng Zaidong) as well as solo shows dedicated to emerging young artists (eg. Javier Martin, Yang Yongliang, Thomas Canto). The gallery is keen to support local Shanghai and Asian talent and looks to include this further in its program.
At this year’s fair, Matthew presented a selection of works by Vik Muniz, Yang Yongliang, Flor Garduño, Nickolas Muray and Javier Martín.
We caught up with the gallery director to find out more about his background and his impressions of this year’s fair.
Read the full interview below.
Matthew Liu © Matthiew Liu Fine Arts
Please describe your arts background?
I have been a passionate collector for years, before opening my own gallery.
Who or what is your greatest inspiration as an art dealer?
My greatest inspirations are Joseph Duveen and Leo Castelli.
What kind of work are you on the look-out for?
I seek to bring in new and fresh works for Shanghai’s audience.
What was your highlight of this year’s fair?
The Portraits of the artist Frida Kahlo that we brought to the fair, taken by Nikolas Muray in the 1930s and 40s.
What do you hope to exhibit in coming year?
For PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai 2019, I am excited to exhibit Olivo Barbieri's newest series, entitled American Monument.