As one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Asia, ART021 2019's edition will bring together 110 world’s leading galleries from 18 countries and 57 cities to present contemporary art and design by established and emerging artists.
Local galleries continue to be strongly presented in the 2019 edition; more than 70% of galleries have spaces in China and other Regions in Asia. While many western blue-chip galleries once again return to ART021, this year’s fair convenes a robust roster of young galleries participating for the first time. Featured regions stretch from Europe and North America to emerging markets, including Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
The MAIN GALLERIES presents 80 premiere galleries focusing on 21st century contemporary art. 21 galleries join the fair for the first time including: GALLERY BATON (Seoul), BILL BRADY GALLERY (Miami), CARLIER | GEBAUER (Berlin), CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY (London), MARTA CERVERA (Madrid), FLOWERS GALLERY (London), FRIEDMAN BENDA (New York), HUNSAND SPACE (Beijing), IN SITU - FABIENNE LECLERC (Paris), DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY (Los Angeles), GALERIE KORNFELD (Berlin), CARL KOSTYÁL GALLERY (London), GALERIE NATHALIE OBADIA (Paris), OPERA GALLERY (Hong Kong), OVER THE INFLUENCE (Hong Kong), PERMAGATE SPACE (Guangzhou), PING ART SPACE (Taipei), QUANTUM GALLERY (Shanghai), ALMINE RECH (Paris), ROSS + KRAMER GALLERY (New York), SA+ (Seoul).
The 2019 DETOUR section - by invitation only - is entitled Silk Roads. It focuses on intricate trade routes from an immense segment of the ancient Silk Road. The exhibition loosely follows Marco Polo’s footsteps to revisit the conflicts, compromises, and interactions in the continental network of Eurasia. 12 invited galleries from China, Korea, Iran, The United Arab Emirates, Romania, Indonesia, Thailand, and The United Kingdom will join forces to map out the renewed sensibility and influence from the regions, affording visitors an alternative mode of visual experience. The names include: CLC GALLERY VENTURE (Beijing) / SANDWICH (Bucharest), DASTAN'S BASEMENT (Tehran) , EMPTY GALLERY (Hong Kong), LAWRIE SHABIBI (Dubai), NICODIM GALLERY (Bucharest/Los Angeles), ROH PROJECTS (Jakarta)/ NOVA CONTEMPORARY (Bangkok), TABULA RASA GALLERY (Beijing), GALLERY VACANCY (Shanghai), VARIOUS SMALL FIRES (Seoul/Los Angeles), VIGO GALLERY (London)
Moreover, APPROACH sector will support the development of young galleries across the world by applying a different pricing model than the main section. Participating galleries will present either a solo or a group show featuring fewer than three artists with a curatorial approach. This year’s APPROACH presents 18 promising galleries with 12 first-time participants includes: ASKERI GALLERY (Moscow), G. GALLERY (Seoul), HATCH ART PROJECT (Singapore), ISART GALLERY (Kaohsiung), GALLERY KICHE (Seoul), METAPHYSICAL ART GALLERY (Taipei), O2art (Beijing), ORIGINAL SONG GALLERY (Shanghai), PéKIN FINE ARTS (Beijing), THE CLUB (Tokyo), VIN GALLERY (Ho Chi Minh City), YOD GALLERY (Osaka).
Finally, the BEYOND sector will transcend the spatial limitation of traditional art-fair booths. It showcases large-scale paintings, sculptures and installations in the public area of ART021. BEYOND-EXTENDS integrates contemporary art installations into public life by placing them in the public spaces outside the fair.
ART021 has as the honor to be part of the program of China Shanghai International Arts Festival for seven consecutive years. As one of the initiators of Shanghai International Artwork Trading Month that will be launched this November, ART021 continues to collaborate with art institutions, museums, auction houses and art galleries from home and abroad to promote the vigorous development of Shanghai art market and to make Shanghai the next global art center and destination.