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Art fair has international flair

THE 2011 Shanghai Art Fair provides a great opportunity for people to find some art to decorate their home, says fair director Gu Zhihua.

This year's fair, starting tomorrow, has attracted around 155 galleries from 12 countries including the US, France, Italy, Canada and Japan. Art work will include everything from oil paintings to traditional Chinese ink-wash paintings, prints, water-color paintings, photos, installations and ceramics.

"Many Chinese families have bought new apartments in recent years, but sometimes they forget to use art when decorating their home," Gu says.

"Many people are spending a lot of money on electronics, furniture and decorating materials. We hope more people will come to this art fair, whether it's to invest in art or to decorate their home. This definitely will be a chic trend."

Gu says the fair's influence has grown over the years, noting the number of overseas galleries that now take part.

A few years ago, Shanghai Art Fair chose to open almost on the same day as SH Contemporary to gain a spillover effect and attract some VIPs. This year it is opening almost a week after SH Contemporary as the organizer has realized their target audience is different, perhaps since domestic art buyers are considered to have "greater potential."

Each year large sculptures are placed at the entrance to the exhibition. In past years there were replicas of Rodin's "Thinker" and Caesar's "Thumb."

This year, the honor goes to Kumari Nahappan, a Singaporean sculptor, and his creation "Happy Tango."

The theme of this year's fair is "Art Brings Fortune," which sounds a bit presumptuous, but it does reflect how society largely considers art a commodity for investment.

But for most people, investing in art is more difficult than buying stocks or property. Investing in art requires profound knowledge of what happened in the past, what is happening now and what will likely happen in the future.

Date: September 14-18, 10am-6pm Venue: ShanghaiMart, 99 Xinyi Rd Admission: 50 yuan


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