HAPPENINGText: Wee Ling Soh

Another visitor at the fair, Noriko Tajima observes that SH Contemporary seem a little too exclusive even though it does provide a good opportunity for local Chinese people to view world-class art works.

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I would tend to agree with her. Maybe with the art fair trying to brand itself as a top-notch industry event, much of the exhibition period is devoted to collectors, dealers, auction houses, museums and galleries. That evening, all I saw were well-heeled collector-types, tai-tai’s and people on assignment (like me) doing their rounds.

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In all I think it is a fine first attempt for SH Contemporary to have assembled such a variety of artists and galleries under one roof in an event of this scale, although it’s near humanly-impossible to view all exhibits with equal attentiveness.

Before the end of the night, I almost had to will myself to trudge through the East wing for the remaining lot of exhibitors, my eyes glazed over a mind-boggling selection of never-ending artworks.

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By then, one of the few things that stood out was the Nanzuka Underground booth which has staff clad in vibrant Keiichi Tanaami kimonos. I should have asked, not sure if they are for sale though.

Next year, I believe it’ll only be right to expect nothing less of SH Contemporary 2008 since it will open together with the Shanghai Biennale and likely with a big bang. Don’t forget that the art fair catalogue will still be a load to carry and it’s definitely a good idea to wear comfortable walking shoes too.

SH Contemporary 07
Date: 6th – 9th September 2007
Place: Shanghai Exhibition Centre
Address: No.1000 Yan’an Middle Rd., Shanghai 200040

Text: Wee Ling Soh
Photos: Wee Ling Soh

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