West Bund Art & Design 2019: 10 Booths To Visit
- White CubeWhite Cube
- Lehmann MaupinLehmann Maupin
- David ZwirnerDavid Zwirner
- Mine ProjectMine Project
- Stephen Friedman GalleryStephen Friedman Gallery
- Axel Vervoordt GalleryAxel Vervoordt Gallery
- Hauser & WirthHauser & Wirth
- Edouard MalingueEdouard Malingue
- Rossi MartinoRossi Martino
More than 100 galleries from around the world are flocking to Shanghai this week to take part in West Bund Art & Design, one of Mainland China's most important art fairs. Here are 10 you should make a beeline for when the four-day-long fair kicks off on November 7
One of Antony Gormley's famous life-size steel figures—based on a cast of his own body—will dominate White Cube's booth, which will also feature works by Tracey Emin, David Altmejd, Chuck Close, Cerith Wyn Evans and other international stars.
Local talent is also showcased in the form of Mainland Chinese artists Wang Gongxin and Qin Yifeng, whose haunting photographs are also on show in White Cube's Hong Kong gallery until November 16.
A highlight of Lehmann Maupin's booth is a new work by Liza Lou, an American artist famous for working exclusively with glass beads.
After years working collaboratively with a team of artisans in South Africa, Lou made this series alone in her studio in Los Angeles. "Working alone has yielded a whole new body of work," she recently told Tatler. "My work has always been handmade but it was a collective of the hand, whereas now you very much see authorship in my work. It’s almost harking back to early work I made 25 years ago."
David Zwirner is showing new paintings by American artist Josh Smith—best known for his colourful, gestural style—alongside historic works by the late Austrian artist Franz West, who worked in media ranging from collage to furniture and sculpture.
This isn't the first time the two artists have been paired. They had a joint show at Neon Parc in Melbourne in 2012, and Smith also took part in Artistclub at 21er Haus in Vienna in 2016—a project for which 36 contemporary artists made new works inspired by West.
Also on show are new paintings by Thomas Houseago and Joe Bradley, as well as a 2004 oil-on-canvas by Jonas Food that features his signature potted plants.
Hong Kong-based Mine Project's exhibition at West Bund Art & Design is sure to be a crowd-pleaser—it's a solo show of rising star George Rouy, a British painter making a name for himself with his warped, plum-coloured nudes.
Rouy only graduated in 2015 but has already had solo exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Berlin. This show at West Bund Art & Design will be his first in Asia.
Stephen Friedman Gallery
For its first ever show at West Bund Art & Design, London-based Stephen Friedman Gallery is hosting a group show of artists from around the world—including some whose work has never been exhibited in Asia before.
One of the newcomers is British artist Jonathan Baldock, who is presenting a series of ceramic masks inspired by British Museum's collection of Mesopotamian clay tablets, which feature the world's oldest writing system.
Also featured are works by established names David Shrigley, Yinka Shonibare, Luiz Zerbini and Mamma Andersson, who is showcasing one of the largest paintings she's ever created.
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
There may not appear to be much connecting the art presented at Axel Vervoordt's booth—which spans continents, time periods and media—but all the artists featured are preoccupied with the concept of beauty.
Among them are Lucia Bru, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Michel Mouffe, Renato Nicolodi and Bosco Sodi.
Hauser & Wirth
Hauser & Wirth is presenting a solo show by Austrian artist Maria Lassnig to mark the centenary of her birth. Lassnig is best known for her theory of "body awareness," which saw her attempt to represent emotions as physical objects.
This presentation at West Bund coincides with a major solo exhibition of works on paper by Lassnig at Hauser & Wirth Zurich, and the retrospective Maria Lassnig – Ways of Being, which is currently at the Albertina Museum in Vienna after debuting at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum.
Art from near and far is being presented by Edouard Malingue at West Bund, including recent works by Mainland Chinese stars Wang Wei, Wang Zhibo, Yu Ji and Zheng Zhou.
Also on show are a 3D-printed sculpture by Hongkonger Samson Young and sculptures by Luxembourg-based Su-mei Tse.
European post-war art is in the spotlight at Rossi Martino, which is showcasing works by Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Georges Mathieu, Enrico Castellani, Hans Hartung and more.
Multiple historic movements are featured in the show, including cubism, futurism, lyrical abstraction and Art Informel.
West Bund runs from November 7 to November 10 at West Bund Art Center, 2555 Long Teng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai. westbundshanghai.com