The 15th Edition of Shanghai Art Fair 2011 closed last Sunday with hundreds of sales worth millions of yuans (RMB) and dollars in an optimistic and dynamic 5-day international event that attracted tens of thousands of people looking for the most acclaimed artists and their masterpieces from China and from the rest of the world.
The fair occupied 12 expansive gallery halls containing 37,000 square meters of exhibition space throughout 4 floors inside ShanghaiMART, one of the largest exhibition and trade centers in the country considered to be “China’s Gateway to World Trade.”
The American Pavilion was spread among two floors, the ground floor in Section F and the fourth floor, at the entrance on the right side of the VIP Lounge.
The ground floor was shared by 137 galleries from the American, French and Korean Pavilions, cutting edge galleries from Shanghai and spaces devoted to A.R.T, the Art Republic of Time Institution and the ZhongBang Museum.
Although the following roster of galleries is not an official number of registered sales announced by the organizers of the fair, it does show a number of galleries that reported sales between Saturday and Sunday showing the enthusiasm of the Chinese people and their immense buying power and investment in the arts.
On Saturday, a gallery from Vancouver, Canada which was participating for the first time at Shanghai Art Fair reported strong sales with last minute collectors vying to purchase collections of European Impressionists and Surrealist masters at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery.
“During the four days of the fair nothing happened at our booth and suddenly the last day we had collectors come to our gallery to buy everything we had,” said Gregory Egedi who was present at the booth with gallery owner Thomas Strem.
“We were perplexed trying to understand how the Chinese market worked but then during the last two days literally within 10 minutes we had two Miro’s and two Dali’s sold,” added Egedi who also said that a collector from Beverly Hills invited the gallery to exhibit their pieces in a private party in Shanghai.
Hundreds of red dots were adorning the walls from galleries of the French Pavilion such as Philippe’s Collection which sold sculptures of French artist VAL, dozen of red dots were in place at Boun Fine Art Space with works sold by Boun, an artist from Laos who was present signing endless autographs.
Other galleries that reported sales were Kinetic Creative with half a dozen paintings & calligraphy sold from Chinese artist Tiexie Oi; LGM Art Internacional sold paintings of Cesar Bertol, Hernan Miranda and Dario Ortiz; Curator’s Voice Art Projects sold pieces from Magaly Barnola Otaola, and Andres Michelena; Elite Fine Art Galleries reported strong sales from works by Carolina Rojas and Anica Schpilberg and from a Spanish photographer of Valencia, Ana Sanz Llorens who was represented for he first time by Elite Fine Art Galleries; Rimonin Art Gallery reported 4 pieces sold by works from Beatriz Gerenstein and Bandi Trazos reported sales by works from Colombia young and talented artist, Joaquin Restrepo, Venezuelan Sculptor Alicia Meza, and Venezuelan Carlos Tirado.
Bandi Trazos’ Curator Won Youngju was pleased of the gallery’s performance and sales Director of Shanghai Hwas’ Gallery, Emma Qian was very happy to report more than a dozen paintings sold by artist Wang Xiangming.
Longmen Art Projects sold several pieces of Chinese artist and poet Walasse Ting (1928-2010); The Found Museum presented and sold an extraordinary collection of works by Chinese artists Zhang Guolong and QU Qianmei.
Other galleries that reported strong sales were Galerie Artdome Berlin which sold paintings by Christine Kunkler and Manuel Lunardi; Original Song Gallery sold works by Chinese artist, He Xi; King Space Gallery sold several pieces by Chinese artist Huang Cheng Yuan, Samuel Freeman gallery reported sales by Blue McRight, Luy Ken Art reported sales from works by Kalin Luy Ken; Gallery Nancy’s reported sales by Mr. Fish.
The American Pavilion also received mixed reviews from galleries such as the flawlessly-designed Studio International having reported a damage in the outdoor sculpture “People’s Garden” installation by Colombian master Hugo Zapata which was not covered by insurance.
CFM Gallery owner Neil Zukerman had said that coming to Shanghai with paintings by Leonor Fini, Anne Bachelier or Lisa Lichtenfels was not a good idea since those works are catered to another crowd and specific clientele not present at the fair.
Overall, the government-sponsored fair was successfully completed its 15th edition reassuring the global art market that Chinese investors and collectors will continue to rise and expand beyond boundaries setting world records of fine art sales and art related investments.