Wednesday, April 23, 2008

three openings this Saturday

Saturday openings:
Zhao Qin
26 April - 17 May 2008

Eastlink Gallery
Floor 5, Building 6
50 Moganshan Lu

Opening: Saturday, April 26, 6pm

There is also an opening at Ophoto that day at M50.

And the most interesting one seems it will be:
Art Multiple
_ first presented art multiple exhibition in China

Art For Everybody
Time: April 26, 2008 – May 12, 2008
Opening: 19:30 April 26, 2008.
Place: Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts
Artists Participating:
Gao Mingyan, Gu Wenda, Hu Jieming, Liu Ding, Birdhead, Sun Ling, Yang Yong, Zhang Enli, Zhang Jianjun, Adad Hannah, Agathe de Bailliencourt, Ho Tzu Nyen, Josefina Posch, Sandrine Ilouquet, Susanne M.Winterling, Vibeke Jensen, Will Kwan, Zulkifle Mahmod, La Mas Bella, Ted Noten, Hannah Louise Lammb, Julia de Ville, Chang young chia, Vincent Leong, Miljohn Ruperto, Wu Gao Zhong, Jin Feng, Hipic

"Art Multiple 2008 exhibition" will be first presented in April, 2008 at Ke Center for Contemporary Arts. Exhibition will present 35 artists from 10 different countries and areas all around the world. Nearly 200 art works will be showed. Which includes artists' exhibited works, specially commissioned works for Art Multiple and multipes of contemporary art works collected by famous international art institutions.

Art Multiple concept refers to the art works with relatively bigger editions determined by artist . This concept of multiple gives possibility of reaching higher audience and appreciation as well as possibility of collecting work for relatively affordable price trying to have contemporary art get out of its small circle of privileged. Abroad art multiple concept developed early in 60's and till today there are many galleries and institutions specialized in presenting multiples
Ke Center for Contemporary Arts through exhibition in April introduces concept to China and establishes first Art Multiple Supermarket in Shanghai hoping to make art for everyone possible

In the period of boom of Chinese art market and price increase from sale to sale, where small group of artists sells work for million dollars, where still collecting is taken for most of the buyers as a short term investment, Multiple provides new possibility in art market and artistic expression, that art works can be affordable to larger group of people and that anyone can be collector

This new concept at the same time works as an educating tool for new collectors in China and new collecting strategies in general.

During exhibition period different lectures and workshop will be held related to Art Multiple concept.

Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts will invite specialists work in the field of contemporary art market research to give talks.

We hope to introduce contemporary art into a larger crowd and to cultivate new collectors and a new way of collection.

Multiple as a type of art making and art collecting is not new concept. Concept started developing with Duchamp's ready mades objects in early decades of twentieth century.

Duchamp developed the term readymade in 1915 to refer to found objects chosen by the artist as art. Produced object-such as his Fountain (1917), a urinal that he turned on its side, signed "R. Mutt," Duchamp asserted that there was no longer a fundamental difference between making art and naming art. By the early 1960s many of Duchamp's readymades had taken the form of authorized, limited edition, handcrafted replicas and were considered valuable works of art that seemed to contradict their original intention.

In the 1950s and 1960s the term multiple came to be applied to a new type of art object that, while intended to be produced in numerous copies, fell outside the parameters of such traditional forms as printmaking and cast sculpture. Often fabricated using the materials and techniques of mass production, these objects typically existed in very large, or even unlimited, editions. Unlike painting and sculpture, or even traditional fine art printmaking, the multiple engaged directly with the conditions of industrial production, mass communication, and an increasingly global economy.

For the artists of the international avant-garde known as Fluxus, the multiple presented a means to revive and reformulate the readymade's critique of aesthetic autonomy. Fluxus sought to dethrone "serious" culture by creating objects and performances demonstrating that, as Maciunas said, "Anything can be art and anyone can do it."

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) also looked to the readymade as he sought to bring art and life into closer proximity. For Beuys, the readymade became part of a larger effort to reinvest artistic activity with metaphorical, ritual, and even spiritual significance.

Although they often differed in their choice of strategies, Beuys and Maciunas shared many of the same goals including using art as a means of realizing social and political change, recognizing the importance of collective action, and eliminating the boundary between art and life. The production of multiples played a key role these efforts, often acting as a mediator between the production of objects and a growing emphasis on artistic process and action unfolding in real time.

Beuys, for his part, referred to his multiples both as vehicles for the spreading of ideas and as anchors that encouraged people to make connections between objects and across media.

It is certainly true of both Beuys and Fluxus multiples that the significance of a group of objects is almost always greater than the sum of its parts. Efforts of both Beuys and Maciunas to transform the ways in which art is exhibited and distributed."

In 1990's, artists Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin took over a disused shop in London's East End and, with other artists friends including Damien Hirst, sold T-shirts, mugs and other customised items as works of art. This artist-led approach to selling art directly to the public not only re-popularised the artists multiple, but was a key moment in the subsequent Young British Artist era, culminating in the Saatchi collected "Sensation" exhibition.

Art multiple concept is to make contemporary art accessible to more people from collecting art point of view to spreading artists ideas

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