Wang Wei wins the 2017 ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng Prize

Wang Wei, Shadow (2017). Image: copyright the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

ArtReview Asia is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Xiàn Chǎng prize is Beijing-based artist Wang Wei. 

The award, which comprises a cash prize of US$10,000, is given to an artist participating inArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng, a selection of 32 solo presentations by 29 artists at the West Bund Art and Design Fair in Shanghai (10–12 November). This year’s selectors were Turin-based collector and art patron Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, president of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaundengo, and Hong Kong-based collector and art patron Adrian Cheng, founder of K11 and the K11 Art Foundation.

Wang Wei’s Shadow (2017) is a site-specific work installed in front of the West Bund Art Center. In the space surrounding a magnolia tree the artist created a mosaic shadow of the plant that appears to fall in the opposite direction of that of the viewers. Both jurors praised the way in which this elegant conceptual work plays with issues of perception and representation. Sandretto Re Rebaudengo described it as ‘a well-realised conceptual work that explores the connection between the city and nature, and the traditions of art history’, while Cheng emphasized the importance of giving the award to a mid-career artist at a time when the attention of China’s art scene is mainly focused on artists at the start of the careers or on established masters.

While praising the quality and variety of all the works in the section, the selectors highly commended an ambitious immersive multimedia and performance installation by Yuan Keru, Deaf Torch: Open View (2017) a sculpture by Damián Ortega that makes its debut appearance as part of Xiàn Chǎng, and two outdoor sculptures by Djordje Ozbolt that mix art history with contemporary kitsch.

All 32 works are on show 10–12 November 2017 as part of this year’s West Bund Art and Design at the West Bund Art Center, Shanghai.

About ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng

ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng is a special exhibition program at West Bund Art and Design, curated by the internationally renowned contemporary art magazine ArtReview Asia. Returning for a second year, it features solo projects by artists from around the world, situated both inside the fair and spanning the entire space of the West Bund district. The curatorial concept originates in the Chinese characters for ‘xiàn’ and ‘chǎng’, which together mean the scene (of a crime, accident, etc); (on) the spot; (at) the site. The artworks on show explore how artworks generate context – and how the ‘contemporary’ aspect of contemporary art is as much about space or place as it is about time. Artists showing at ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng are invited to play with notions of context, in all four dimensions of space–time, and its ability to bring about meaning, both intended and unexpected, in their work.

About West Bund Art & Design

Since its founding in 2014, West Bund Art & Design has continued to welcome and cultivate an exciting and diverse range of galleries and present established and emerging artists from around the world. The fourth edition of West Bund Art & Design will be held on 10–12 November, 2017 at West Bund Art Center. This year, 70 leading international galleries will participate in the fair. The newly launched TALENT sector will present works by emerging artists in a series of solo exhibitions or specially curated group shows. Alongside West Bund Art & Design, the growing cluster of galleries and artist studios in the area is building upon and adding to the dynamic energy of the West Bund District and the city of Shanghai. The second week in November has become a citywide occasion to celebrate art, extending to other exciting venues throughout Shanghai.

About ArtReview Asia

ArtReview Asia was founded in spring 2013 as a sister publication to ArtReview, one of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazines. Inheriting the spirit of ArtReview, ArtReview Asia continues its dedication to connecting contemporary art with its audiences, and to promoting the idea that art has an important role to play in any society. Published quarterly, ArtReview Asia surveys the global art scene from a distinctly Asian perspective and has quickly become an important independent platform upon which artists, art critics, philosophers, film professionals and comic artists, as well as other participants in Asian discourse, can display, discuss and create work, both within and beyond the print magazine.

8 November 2017