Photo Shanghai, organised by the World Photography Organisation, ran from 11-13 September at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre and attracted over 26,000 visitors including major international and Asia-Pacific collectors. Outstanding sales, the successful bridging of galleries and collectors from East and West and the maturing of the enthusiastic Chinese photography market were praised by both dealers and visitors at the close of the fair.
Those in attendance included curators from leading international contemporary art and photography museums and private collectors from over 20 countries including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, USA, France, Germany and the UK. This impressive second edition of Photo Shanghai has cemented its position as Asia’s premier art fair dedicated to photography and as Shanghai’s most international art fair.
Photo Shanghai 2015 was a highly curated fair featuring museum scale and quality exhibitions. It included nearly fifty international galleries and over 500 works for sale by some of the East and West’s most exciting names from the world of fine art photography.
Highlights included the Asian debut of celebrated American artist Taryn Simon’s Birds of the West Indies series presented by Gagosian Gallery, a cutting edge video installation programme by Professor Zhang Peili and a rare opportunity to listen to and meet internationally acclaimed artists and experts as part of the fair’s event programme.
As one of the first American gallery presented at the fair, we were unsure what to expect from sales. However, we are delighted to have sold a number of pieces including two editions of Ormond Gigli’s iconic Girls in the Window. For an American gallery, the exposure to the Asian market that Photo Shanghai offers is invaluable, you cannot put a price on this.
Many works sold at the fair including:
- Matthew Liu Gallery, Shanghai, who showed works by Candida Höfer and Vik Muniz, sold both artists on the opening night. The large Höfer Benrather Schloss, Dusseldorf IV, 2011 sold for 58,000 EUR
- ATLAS Gallery, London, sold two works from the edition of 7 of René Burri’s Horse Pool and House by Luis Barragan, 1976, for £16,000 each
- A portrait of Kate Moss by Annie Leibovitz presented by BEETLES + HUXLEY, London, sold for $48,000
- Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai presented the work of Japanese photographers Yuki Onodera and Aki Lumi, with over 15 works being sold, the most the gallery has sold by either artist to date
Work exhibited at the fair included that by Nobuyoshi Araki, Birdhead, Boomoon, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hsieh Chun-te, Chien-Chi Chang, Elliott Erwitt, Yang Fudong, Candida Höfer, Horst P. Horst, Axel Hüette, André Kertész, Steven Klein, Gustave Le Gray, Feng Mengbo, Daido Moriyama, Vik Muniz, Helmet Newton, Jiang Pengyi, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Zhang Xiao, Fen Yan and Yang Yongliang among many others.
Expert talks featured Peter MacGill (Founder Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York) on the art of photography collecting, and curators Christopher Phillips (ICP, New York) and Liu Heung Shing (ScOP, Shanghai) exploring the role of photography in international museums.
Photo Shanghai 2016 will return to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre on 9-11 September 2016. The inaugural edition of its sister fair, Photo San Francisco, will open at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Centre from 20-22 January 2017. Both will continue to drive the World Photography Organisation’s commitment to connect buyers and galleries from both East and West.