PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai - Spotlight & Insights program announced

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai today announces two exciting new exhibitions for its fourth Shanghai fair – Spotlight and Insights.

A cornerstone of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai’s ambitious public programming, the two exhibitions demonstrate the fair’s commitment to presenting cutting-edge curatorial displays of contemporary art alongside the fair’s commercial stands.

© Ren Hang, Untitled, 2014. Courtesy of KWM artcenter (Beijing)

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai today announces two exciting new exhibitions for its fourth Shanghai fair – Spotlight and Insights.

A cornerstone of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai’s ambitious public programming, the two exhibitions demonstrate the fair’s commitment to presenting cutting-edge curatorial displays of contemporary art alongside the fair’s commercial stands.

 

Spotlight: 19 Photos - Celebrating the work of Ren Hang through a new canon.

A new initiative for 2017, Spotlight will annually highlight an artist of particular relevance and importance to the contemporary photography space and market at the time of the fair.  No artist is currently more deserving of this recognition than the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang.

In collaboration with Beijing’s KWM artcenter, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will present 19 Photos, an exhibition of 19 images from Ren Hang’s last exhibition before his death, Beauty without Beards.  Originally shown at the KWM artcenter in February 2017, all the images within the exhibition were the last to have been authenticated by the artist and are on show in an international forum in China for the first time since Hang’s passing.

 

Find more information on Spotlight here

© ROBERT ZHAO, Bee Trap, 2014, Courtesy of ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore)

For the 2017 Insights exhibition, PHOTOFAIRS’ Artistic Director Alexander Montague-Sparey looked to the mid-1970s and the moment at which the art world started to view photography as an artistic medium, partially due to the increased use of color. 

Beginning with the experimental dye-transfer prints of William Eggleston, photographic masters Harry Callahan, Daido Moriyama and Richard Misrach (Robert Mann Gallery, New York) are shown in the exhibition alongside a generation of younger collectible contemporary European, Asian and American artists. These 14 artists include Jiang Pengyi (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong), Andrea Good (Galerie Stephan Witschi, Zurich), Shen Wei (Flowers Gallery, London & New York) and Robert Zhao (ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore).

 

Find more information on Insights here

 

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is Asia Pacific’s most authoritative platform on contemporary photography, and mainland China’s most international art fair.  The fourth edition of the fair will open to collectors on Thursday 7 September, and runs until September 10, 2017 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.  The fair is proudly supported by Presenting Partner Porsche.