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date: 2015-11-20 to 2016-01-06
Presented here are Varbanov’s plasticine models, which were produced in Europe in the 1970’s and acted as sketches for larger fabric works. Some of these larger fabric works were realized while others remained merely models. In these small enigmatic sketches we see the artist’s overlapping sensibilities, both modern and orthodox, organic and galactic, that has since seeped into the works of younger artists in China.

Maryn Varbanov (born 1932, Bulgaria- died 1989, Beijing) was a powerful but often overlooked fixture of the China ’85 New Wave Movement. He actively contributed to the greater Avant-Garde dialogue both as a prolific artist and a beloved teacher, influencing artists such as Gu Wenda, Liang Shaoji, and Shi Hui as well as the young curator, Hou Hanru in their formative years.

VENUE:BANK 1/F, 59 Xianggang Lu, Shanghai, China
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:30am - 6:30pm info@mabsociety.com
Media
contact:Quentin(quentin@mabsociety.com )
+86 185 2130 1361
 
JIN SHAN - Divine Ruse
date: 2015-11-20 to 2016-01-06
Divine Ruse features a series of new sculptural works constructed out of the artist’s own secret resin concoction. Conflating references as diverse as ancient Greek and Roman history, Renaissance art, Christianity, Daoist, and Cultural Revolution iconography, the artist interrogates mankind’s incessant ideological pursuit of transcending his own carnal condition. By repurposing the gallery as a fictional war zone - a landscape strewn with fragmented figures and objects that are equally sensuous and repulsive, Jin demonstrates the aftermath of man’s attempted ascensions. In this hallowed land mankind’s visceral and ephemeral energies are exteriorized as petrified spiritual matter.

Venue:BANK 1/F, 59 Xianggang Lu, Shanghai, China
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:30am - 6:30pm info@mabsociety.com
Media
contact:Quentin(quentin@mabsociety.com +86 185 2130 1361)
 
JIN SHAN - Divine Ruse
date: 2015-10-11 to 2015-12-12
Ross Lewis' new works will be exhibited at the Art Museum of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Hall B
No. 108 Huang Jueping Street, Jiu Longpo District, Chongqing
Opening Reception 19:30, October 11, 2015
The exhibition will last till 3 Nov 2015

Shortly afterwards,Ross' show will be exhibited in Guangzhou at the Hall 3 Rectory Museum of Contemporary Art (RMCA),
C4 Rectory, 128 Yuancun Siheng Rd, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Dates: 14 Nov - 12 December 2015
 
OLIVER HERRING
date: 2015-09-06 to 2015-10-22
Oliver Herring’s multi-disciplinary, globe-trotting, performative project Areas for Action makes its Shanghai debut at BANK with an on-going, open archive of new, tailor-made work in tandem with video and photo documentation of past events. Through an open call for volunteers in Shanghai Herring will create a situation for creativity in BANK’s Project Space that the volunteers will complete. Using elemental materials such as glitter, tape, body paint, tin foil, and willing participants this NYC-based artist pushes the notion of relational aesthetics towards the anarchic. Volunteers spurt colored liquids at each other, are painted in phosphorescent goop, or become the human core of improvisatory sculptures, turning the space into an artistic battleground where one’s vulnerability is overridden by one’s emancipation. Breaking down the boundaries between audience and author, process and object, Herring’s work often becomes a social experiment or laboratory where modes of representation are hijacked by modes of production. These unscripted investigations probe notions of human behavior, social psychology, and figuration in art with results that are explosive imagery. In conjunction with this exhibition Herring will present a lecture on his participatory practice at the Power Station of the Art on September 4th, 1-4pm. A very special thanks to: Josie Browne for initiating this project, and the Goethe-Institut and Power Station of Art for their support.

Venue: BANK, 59 Xianggang Rd, between Sichuan and Huqiu Rd near the BUND. www.mabsociety.com Tel: 6301 3622
 
ZHAO GANG: COCKERSUCKER BLUES
date: 2015-09-06 to 2015-10-22
Using the historical BANK building as his inspiration Zhao Gang’s debut in Shanghai forms a ballad to the possible pasts of this city. Like the infamous, unreleased Rolling Stones’ single that this exhibition borrows its title from, Zhao’s paintings moan with a destitute sense of an unfulfilled, dirty romance. While the Stones song is about a desperate wanderer arriving in London, Zhao’s characters are adrift in Shanghai. In these off tone canvasses the relics of a bygone era are conflated with the artist’s personal narrative, cynicism, and hidden desires.

Shanghai is a dream city where a sense of territorial displacement is fed by constantly shifting historical and national boundaries. Today the notion of ‘old Shanghai’ conjures up an image, style, or attitude rather than a series of historical facts. It’s in this romanticized fiction that Zhao carves out his sparse but phantasmal architectural studies. With the BANK building as his muse Zhao becomes the antagonist in a narrative where spies, prostitutes, and the downtrodden mingle with bankers and intellectuals.

As one of the earliest and most consistent proponents of the Chinese avant-garde, Zhao has never stopped re-inventing himself. Having been the youngest member of the Stars Group in the late seventies and early eighties, he subsequently went on to study, live, and work in New York. Sporadically trading his identity as artist for banker, publisher, and filmmak- er, with his brushes never too far behind, Zhao returned to the art world with a hungry vengeance. Zhao’s multifaceted work, international experience, and audacious character have helped deem him father of ‘bad painting’ in China. Zhao has participated in PERFORMA, the Guangzhou Triennial, and the Yokohama Triennial. His has recently held solo exhibitions at UCCA, Suzhou Museum, and has an upcoming exhibition at Christian Nagel Gallery, Berlin.

Venue:BANK, 59 Xianggang Rd between Sichuan and Huqiu Lu near the BUND www.mabsociety.com Tel: 6301 3622
 
I CAN'T BE PART OF YOUR REVOLUTION
date: 2015-01-24 to 2015-03-15
Featuring a dialogue between visual artist Jing Feng and contemporary theater director Huang Fangling.

Through life performance installation, painting and video works, this
hybrid project aims to examine universal goals and their changing nature. The mountain becomes a stage for absurd theatrics wherein the rituals and ideals that we are programmed to adopt as our own go awry, ultimately leading us to the artist's maxim: "I can't be part of your revolution, I will make my own."

Venue: BANK gallery, 1/F, Xianggang Rd, Shanghai,
Tel: (021) 6301 3622, www.mabsociety.com
 
GROUND FLOOR UP
date: 2015-01-24 to 2015-03-15
Artists: Chen Tianzhuo, Monika Bravo, Kendell Geers, Marc Lafia, Ma Daha, Martin Murphy, Amy Yao, Wang Jiaxue

BANK brings up a selection of works from our inventory whose common denominator is the prominent color of RED.

RED is the warmest of all colors, the color of prosperity and joy but also of temper or anger. RED is the color of Mars, known as the God of War. It symbolizes passionate love, RED brings you enthusiasm and interest, energy, action and confidence, it makes you go after your dreams and protects you from fears and anxieties.

Venue: BANK Gallery, 1/F 59 Xianggang Rd, Shanghai
Tel: (021) 6301 3622 www.mabsociety.com
 
CRACKS & ROPES - works by ROSS LEWIS & QIU DESHU
date: 2014-05-25 to 2014-06-25
Years of studying Chinese culture have led New York artist Ross Lewis to develop a distinct visual language by incorporating aesthetic and philosophical sensibilities of Chinese artistic traditions into his installations, paintings and sculpture. In his recent “Rope Paintings”, the artist departs from his training in the Chinese brush to forge a unique and articulated line using rope and string saturated with ink juxtaposed with collage on paper.

Qiu Deshu is a Shanghai mixed-media abstract artist born in 1948. He is best known for the role he played in founding the unofficial “Grass” or “Cao Cao” artists’ group in 1979 with the intention to break from the bonds of the institutional system of art prevalent during the Mao era. He did so by emphasizing on individualism, integrity and personal artistic language without being militant.

Ross Lewis and Qiu Deshu first met when Lewis was curating exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art in New York in the early 80’s. He visited Qiu’s studio in Shanghai at that time to see artworks firsthand and they only recently met up again, rekindling their friendship. Their paintings spring from a deep understanding of traditional ink painting and a desire to find their individual expression and response to that tradition.

Venue: 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200050,
上海市200050,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712
Subway line 10 (Sh Library station) or Line 2 (Jiangsu Lu Station Exit 4) or Line 11 (Jiangsu Lu Station)
NO PARKING SPACE
 
AGAINST THE WIND - a Solo Show for Maya KRAMER
date: 2014-04-26 to 2014-05-23
Maya Kramer’s work functions as a haunting antidote to the often hyperbolic and saccharine version of life portrayed in popular culture. Beginning from a concern for humanity’s precarious relationship to its environment, the artist uses surprising materials to render images from nature. In this most recent body of work, Ms. Kramer continues her exploration of coal as a medium, rending feathers and branches in coal and arranging them into various tableaux. Both foreboding and poetic these works speak to the vulnerable state of the natural world.

Event held at 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200050,
上海市200050,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712
Subway line 10, Sh Library station or Line 2 and 11, Jiangsu Lu Station Exit 4, then walk southward across Yanan Rd, once you reach Huashan Rd, it's on your left.
NO PARKING SPACE
 
AFTER - JIN Shan Solo Show
date: 2014-03-23 to 2014-04-24
The impetus for this body of work stems from a doubt as to whether or not humans have a soul, and if they do, how one would go about proving this soul’s existence. To that end, I took representations of various gods, Buddhas, and religious figures from different places and time periods, and deconstructed, melted, burned, and carved their form such that they became mere echos of the forms they originally portrayed. Paradoxically, it is through diminishing and transforming these types of figures that the meaning they symbolize is more easily accessed. Jin Shan

Event held at 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200050,
上海市200050,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712
Subway line 10, Sh Library station or Line 2 and 11, Jiangsu Lu Station Exit 4, then walk southward across Yanan Rd, once you reach Huashan Rd, it's on your left.
NO PARKING SPACE
 
A Fragment in the Course of Time – Landscape of Chinese Ink Art in 1980s
date: 2014-02-28 to 2014-04-10
Zhang Lansheng is featured in this Shanghai Himalaya Museum exhibition.

Dates: Feb 28 – Apr 10, 2014
Opening: 5:00 p.m. Mar.7th, 2014
Seminar: 2:00 p.m. Mar.7th, 2014
Add: Shanghai Himalayas Museum (3-4F, No. 869, Yinghua Road, near Exit 3 of Huamu Road, Metro Line 7)
 
SCIENCE FICTION - Li Wenguang Solo Show
date: 2013-11-03 to 2014-03-20
Li Wenguang is known for his highly subjective and idiosyncratic works, many of which have been based on notions of pseudoscientific equations, personal diaries, and dream interpretation. Continuing his exploration of these themes, his recent works are delving further into the territory of the subconscious. Li, who is a completely self-taught artist, presents his works on rice paper mounted to traditional Chinese silk scrolls, using a combination of pen, brush, tea, ink, acrylic and oil paint. [...] by James Cohan Gallery

Event held at 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200050,
上海市200050,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712
Subway line 10, Sh Library station or Line 2, Jiangsu Lu Station Exit 4, then walk southward across Yanan Rd, once you reach Huashan Rd, it's on your left.
NO PARKING SPACE
Open Mon-Fri 10-12 am
 
REFLECTIONS â‹„ NATURE
date: 2014-01-18 to 2014-03-01
Barbara Edelstein is having a solo show at:
RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
Bergamont Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, G2
Santa Monica, California, USA

gallery hours: Tu-Sa 10 am - 6 pm
 
HIC & NUNC
date: 2013-12-10 to 2013-12-16
People who recognize the name Zhou Haiying immediately associate it with his father, Lu Xun, one of the major Chinese writers of the 20th century who is considered by many to be the founder of modern Chinese literature.

"Through my lens you can see my father's influence on me, from the old society to the founding of the People's Republic of China and to China's reform and opening-up. I use my lens to reflect the changing times by presenting people in daily life." Zhou Haiying, 1950

Likewise, Agnieszka Cwiek - Polish freelance photographer since 2006 who studied in Poland and England and who lives in China since 2010 - is interested in reality not fantasy. She photographs everything she sees, wherever she is, with the intention to show reality as it is, capturing images of 21st Century China, just as Zhou Haiying did 65 years earlier.

Venue: 1120/5 Huashan Rd, 200050 Changning District, Shanghai
Tel: 13918119712 or Audrey for Agnieszka Cwiek's works at 18721389974, 6225 5871
上海市200050,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712
Subway line 10, Sh Library station or Line 2, Jiangsu Lu Station Exit 4, then walk southward across Yanan Rd, once you reach Huashan Rd, it's on your left.
NO PARKING SPACE
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-12 am
 
PORTRAIT OF THE TIMES
date: 2013-08-18 to 2013-11-10
Zhang Jianjun has his "Human Beings with their Clock #2" work dating from 1987 exhibited at the Power Station of Art.

Venue:
200 Huayuangang Lu,
near Miaojiang Lu
花园港路200号,
近苗江路
Tel: 3127 8535
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"YANG SHI" (Form)
date: 2013-10-11 to 2013-10-25
ZhangJiang Contemporary Art Center (Z-art Center)
Opening reception: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3 pm

Location: Shanghai, Pudong, 419 ZuChongZhi Road (across the street from the ZhangJiang station of subway Line 2), a 5-minute walk.
 
BLOOD LINE - Works by A. Slabbynck and SUN Hongbin
date: 2013-05-12 to 2013-09-30
“Annelies Slabbynck creates sculptural works that leave a deep impression in your mind. Her work is characterized by a simple, yet essential visual language, wherein she expresses universal themes such as life and death, sickness and health, growth and transformation processes.
Slabbynck works with many forms of physicality, sometimes via familiar or antique materials, although often in fragmented and abstract manner. She includes clay and textiles in an original and experimental way, making good use of the rich symbolic value of these materials. Her work also triggers associations and personal interactions with everyday objects. It leads the viewer to reflect on sustainability, craftmanship and ritual character of objects. She seeks a return to older utensils from China and the Western popular culture, two cultures that she knows how to bring in synthesis in an interesting manner” says Isabelle De Baets, ART,12.02.2009 .

Sun Hongbin also explores associations and family ties in his work. Over the years, his oeuvre has explored the quirks and idiosyncrasies which passed down through the generations of any family tree. He does this in a very unique style, clearly influenced by 18th and 19th century western oil paintings.
Visits between 3:00 and 6:30 pm Mon-Fri or by appointment

Event held at 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200050,
上海市200050,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712

Subway line 10, Sh Library station or Line 2, Jiangsu Lu Station Exit 4, then walk southward across Yanan Rd, once you reach Huashan Rd, it's on your left.

NO PARKING SPACE
 
ANIWAR SOLO SHOW
date: 2012-10-20 to 2013-04-03
Inspired by the extempore incident of nature, Aniwar pays great attentions to document the nature-- every glimpse in the splash of rain in a puddle, the pull of the wind, or the trajectories of shooting stars. Therefore, when appreciating his art works, audience can explore a soft and tender heart as well as a peaceful and tranquil inner world from his brush strokes and colours. [...]

Visits between 3:30 and 6:30 pm Mon-Fri or by appointment

Event held at 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200051,
上海市200052,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712
Subway line 1, Sh Library station or Line 2, Jiangsu Lu Station Exit 4, then walk southward across Yanan Rd, once you reach Huashan Rd, it's on your left.
NO PARKING SPACE
 
LEAF BRANCH SHADOW
date: 2012-09-05 to 2012-10-20
Barbara Edelstein’s sculptures and mixed media installations embody the message they convey: culture depends on nature; culture reshapes nature to render it more readily accessible. As she says of her work […], “beneath the visual surface lies an eternal harmony. […]. Living in circumstances increasingly divorced from our origins in nature, we can seek rejuvenation in a renewed acquaintance with the natural world. Britta Erickson

Event held at 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200051,
上海市200052,华山路1120弄5座, 电话/Tel: 13918119712
Metro line 1, Sh Library station, line 2, Jiangsu Rd station
NO PARKING SPACE
 
LINE INFLECTIONS
date: 2012-09-16 to 2012-09-26
Joined show for Barbara Edelstein and Chen Xiaodan

Location:
East Bund Art Center
32 Qinhuangdao Road/ off Dalian Rd
Shanghai
Subway Line 4, Yangshupu Station
 
What can I do to attract you?
date: 2012-06-16 to 2012-08-31
Group Show featuring works by Lin Jingjing, Virginie Lerouge-Knight, Benoit&Bo, Island6, Chen Hangfeng, Fabrice Guyot, Mao Yu, Tao Hongjing and Xu Zhifeng

“What can I do to attract you?" On a day to day basis we find ourselves trying to attract somebody. Our intent may be conscious or unconscious. Whether it be in love, business or pleasure we invariably find ourselves seeking to engage an individual, a group or the general public at large.
There are many ways in which we express our desire to attract: some are outrageous, some are crazy, some are intimate, some are sexy, some are discreet! Strangely our success in attracting attention depends on our own personal degree of self-confidence and belief, rather than the object of our desire.
It is our, education, culture and environment that determine our most daring endeavours. Often it is the Artist, who is most courageous and most creative in the allure of an audience. In this special exhibition presented by Studio Rouge in association with front line contemporary, Chinese and French artists audaciously explore the art of attraction!


Venue: Studio Rouge Gallery
50 Moganshan Rd, Block 7, Studio 109
Shanghai 200060
Tel: 13918119712
 
WATER - Zhang Jian-Jun's Solo show
date: 2012-05-06 to 2012-06-22
As an undergraduate in the Fine Arts Department of the Shanghai Drama Institute, ZHANG Jian-Jun studied oil painting in the standard realist genres. Outside of the classroom, however, he created abstract paintings and works in mixed media on canvas. Five such works were included in the ’83 Experimental Painting Exhibition at Fudan University; four of them were criticized for being abstract, with one—in mixed media—singled out as “strange.” The exhibition was closed after a day and a half due to the newly launched Anti-Spiritual Pollution campaign. In 1989 Zhang moved to the United States and turned to working with ink on paper, media he had employed prior to attending art school. Investigating the fundamental qualities of ink, he created ink painting installations, installations incorporating liquid ink, and paintings combining ink and oil paint. Becoming interested in ways of noting the passage of time in art, for many years he has produced videos, installations, and paintings under the theme of Vestiges of a Process. Vestiges of a Process: Flowing Water and Water ink paintings capture a moment by focusing in on the water’s ever-changing surface, represented by a few deft ink strokes. Touches of oil paint added to the abbreviated ink markings react to changes in ambient light, and vividly suggest the glint of light on flowing water.

Event held at 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200051, Tel: 13918119712
上海市200052,华山路1120弄5座, 电话 13918119712
Metro line 1, Sh Library station, line 2, Jiangsu Rd station
NO PARKING SPACE
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The Art of Existence - Annelies Slabbynck's Solo Show
date: 2012-03-31 to 2012-04-30
Annelies creates a setting that through the act of "intruding and involvement", several emotions of amazement as well as melancholy of the past and present are awakened and recognized. By creating a "new reality" in a recognizable atmosphere, the viewer is able to walk through his own personal memories, confronted by conflicts between today and the past. By reconstruction of this new reality, the viewer discovers his "own reality" again.

Event held in 1120 / 5 Huashan Rd, Shanghai 200051, Tel: 13918119712
上海市200052,华山路1120弄5座, 电话 13918119712
Metro line 1, Sh Library station, line 2, Jiangsu Rd station
NO PARKING SPACE
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Boy, a contemporary portrait
date: 2012-02-19 to 2012-04-08
We have just passed the first ten years of the 21st century and we have been experiencing drastic changes in the notion of how manhood is defined and how man is portrayed and its social identity perceived. Hence this show is addressing the re-definition of man identity and manhood. The show includes works by a few leading contemporary artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danh Vo, Fred Tomaselli, Christopher Orr and active, representative young Chinese artists like Cheng Ran, Chen Wei, Guo Hongwei, Li Qing, Hu Xiangqian, etc. Also on view will be contribution from design and publication fields. In this historical context, Zhou Haiying captures an unlikely moment in the mid-20 century and give a rare view into the men's portraits of China back then. This way we can see how the past works in defining the present.

The show is held at:
LEO XU PROJECTS
Lane 49, Building 3, Fuxing Xi Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200031, China
T: 13918119712
 
Wearable
date: 2011-04-23 to 2011-05-20
front line contemporary is proud to present the artists Christina Shmigel, Annelies Slabbynck, Virginie Lerouge-Knight and Jingjing Lin on April 23rd 2011.
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Cai Hongshuo Solo Show
date: 2011-04-02 to 2011-04-22
front line contemporary is proud to present the latest works by the artist Cai Hongshuo.

This exhibition can be titled “between playing and insight”, which is a philosophy definition, which first refers to his creative process in the processing of the props like “ play”, but the contradictory metaphors of his work is absolutely” insight”. His work extends the pictures as planar media, but also enrich the dimensions of the medium of photography. On this basis, the subjects he has concerned and the positions he has expressed has become a unique paradigm, which you can follow to think, talk and pursue more, and continue to express the feelings and positions in this huge buildings, bustling city, the speedy era, erratic beliefs and contradictory feelings, even look forward to his next new visual effects, contradictory relationship and language systems with his special mechanism presentation.
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REFLECTING ON DAYS GONE BY
date: 2011-03-05 to 2011-04-01
front line contemporary is proud to present works by LU Xun's son ZHOU Haiying.

This "Collection of Photos" is in fact a small chronicle of ZHOU Haiying's life. As a photo amateur, Zhou manages to capture a long gone era.

We are exhibiting 34 photos by Mr.ZHOU Haiying. If you like to see more, please visit our gallery.

Venue: front line contemporary, 588 Yongjia Lu, Tel:13918119712
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Han Bing
date: 2011-03-01 to 2011-03-10
Han Bing's "Urban Amber" and "Theater of Modernisation" works are being exhibited at Yong Kang Gallery, Shanghai.

Avant-garde artist Han Bing reflects on the impact of economic development in China on nature and on the the working class who are behind today's "miracle". Using images taken from traditional socialist art, he subverts these in modern settings showing children, workers and peasants set against the tableau of today's China.
 
REMINISCENCE - Group show featuring works by LI Jikai, GONG Jian and CHEN Bo
date: 2011-01-15 to 2011-03-03
front line contemporary is proud to exhibit works by three young Wuhan artists, namely LI Jikai, GONG Jian and CHEN Bo.

Having participated in scores of exhibitions over the last decade, these three artists are now considered to be some of the leading artists of the so called “Ego Generation”. This group of artists are defined by having been born after 1970.

Artists from older generations have lived through massive social and cultural upheaval in China and as a result their art, tend to be greatly influenced by wider social and political concerns. This has lead to movements such as Political Pop and Cynical Realism. In contrast to these artists, the Ego Generation have not spent their adult years living in tumultuous times, thus they are more concerned with introspection than addressing wider issues.

Their styles vary from realist with paint drips all over, to cartoonish and almost childlike. Their subject matters are diverse. Li Jikai’s are invariably cryptic while many images of these three artists appear to be fond memories from their own childhoods, as well as the products of their clearly vivid dreams.

Venue: front line contemporary, 588 Yongjia Lu, Tel: 021-64337209
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CHRISTMAS SALE
date: 2010-12-05 to 2011-01-14
We are exhibiting smaller works and silkscreen prints by Gonkar Gyatso, DENG Yifu, LIU Zhuoquan, HE Chi, ZHENG Xuewu, SHI Jianguo, HE Weina, LIN Hairong, YIN Kun, YIN Jun, LI Jingbin, Monteiro Berger, E. Chantebout, XUE Jun, ZHU Wei, ZHANG Hui, HU Shengping, Lore Vanelslande, PAN Xi, CUI Xiuwen, HONG Hao, XIE Wenyue, DONG Wensheng, HUANG Xu, LI Zhihong, SHEN Jingdong, HE Wenbin, ZHOU Chunya, SUN Hongbin.
 
KITSCH & KINKY
date: 2010-10-22 to 2010-12-03
front line contemporary and CAP are jointly presenting an exciting show entitled "Kitsch & Kinky" on October 23 featuring works by LIU Zhuoquan, DENG Yifu, GONKAR Gyatso, HUANG Xu, Jane Dyre, Wayne Warren and Tony Scott.

The artists use the readymade, tranformed more or less into another language and presented as quirky, witty commentaries on contemporary life. Modification of the utilitarian function of the ready-made/found object to express an artistic concept is nothing new - post Duchamp. These artists adopt a socio-cultural transformative premise which reflects contemporary values and concerns - environmental issues, consumerism, materialism, conservation of heritage, personal and cultural identity and urban violence.

Venue: front line contemporary, 588 Yongjia Road, Shanghai 200031
Vernissage: Friday 22 Oct, 6 to 8 pm
Duration: 22 October - 3 December 2010
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Huang Xu Solo Show - FLOT/JET-SAM
date: 2010-09-04 to 2010-10-22
Front line contemporary and CAP are jointly presenting an exciting show featuring works by Huang Xu on September the 4th.

Born in Beijing in 1968 and graduated from the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts in 1991, Huang Xu's works have been exhibited in Germany, UK, Australia, Dubai, Spain, South Korea and many cities around China.

Human habitation invariably brings with it,detritus,which impacts on the natural environment in ways that we respond to differently. We may ignore the dirty, the ugly, the destructive elements; or we may be repulsed by these things-we may try to create a utopian environment or acknowledge the reality of the waste as 'natural' in itself. The European landscape painters of the 18th-19th centuries ignored the animal droppings in the field in much the same way the chinese revolution period painters romantised the living conditions of the 'ordinary people'. Huang xu turns the utopian ideal 180 degrees so that it is precisely the shit, the waste-what we take in and what we excrete-that is presented as an aesthetic object. What he disguises by scale, isolation and juxtaposition, he refers back to a reality with his titles.


Venue: front line contemporary, 588 Yongjia Road, Shanghai 200031
Vernissage: Saturday 4th, 4 to 7 pm
Duration: 4 September - 22 October 2010
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MADE IN CHINA
date: 2010-06-11 to 2010-09-10
front line contemporary is proud to exhibit works by PANG Yongjie, HE Saibang, CAI Hongshuo, ZHANG Hui, CHEN Hangfeng, ZHOU Jun, Virignie Lerouge-Knight, Christin Kalweit and Christophe Demaitre.

Venue: RADISSON Hotel in Pudong
Opening: 11 June 2010
Duration: 3 months
Address: 1199 Yingchun Rd, Pudong
上海市,浦东新区,迎春路1199号
Metro: Century Park
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ZHU Wei's SOLO Show: Ink on Paper and lithographies
date: 2010-05-22 to 2010-09-03
front line contemporary is featuring recent original Ink on paper works and lithographies by renowned Beijing artist ZHU Wei.

Venue: front line contemporary, 588 Yongjia Lu, tel: 021-64337209
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RECIPE - An installation by ZHANG Lansheng
date: 2010-07-01 to 2010-09-03
front line contemporary is exhibiting installation works by ZHANG Lansheng:
An ongoing project which Lansheng started in the mid 1990s, the RECIPE installation consists of a minimum of 12 ready-made mouse traps. The mouse trap is painted with a small "concertina recipe" attached to the bait hook of the trap. Each "recipe" is a chapter containing a quotation from world-renowned figures like politicians, philosophers, artists and scientists.

Lansheng was born in Shanghai and received his art training in the city before migrating to Australia in 1989. His works were exhibited in many countries and collected by some of the major art museums internationally (such as V&A, UK). He has worked in a curatorial and advisory role at the Shanghai Art Museum and a number of public art museums and galleries overseas since the late 1980s. He holds a Masters Degree in Art History from the Australian National University and is now a PhD candidate at the Research School-HRC in the ANU.

Venue: front line contemporary, 588 Yongjia Lu, Tel: 021-64337209
 
Contemplation - Group show for CAI Hongshuo, HE Saibang, DONG Wensheng
date: 2010-04-17 to 2010-05-21
front line contemporary will exhibit works by CAI Hongshuo, HE Saibang and DONG Wensheng to celebrate the opening of its new space in Yongjia Lu, 588 in Shanghai.

Born in 1979, Cai Hongshuo currently lives in the countryside in Zhejiang where he leads the life of the contemplative recluse, fishing and observing nature, using photography to focus on the inner world of all things and beings.

55 year old HE Saibang's exquisite work has achieved excellence thanks to his ability to put his own very personal visual experience of the world on paper.

DONG Wensheng’s conceptual photography uses the natural and architectural elements of Chinese Gardens and other natural landscapes as a stage setting to insert objects the viewer does not expect to see. Framed by background lighting, the artist creates an almost magical space for the viewer to contemplate beauty, intimacy, mystery and engage in a deeper philosophical consideration of the value of life.


Please come to 588 Yongjia Lu to check on our new space and enjoy the art show.
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BU Hua
date: 2010-01-17 to 2010-02-28
front line contemporary is pround to exhibit works by BU Hua in early 2010. Born in Beijing in 1973 into a painters' family and trained in block printing andillustration, BU Hua is already a well-known player in the field of Chinese animation with a major following among cartooners on-line.

Her allegoric work such as series "Meeting again without Panic" is imaginative and existential. It explores the hazy border between reality, free will and meaning of life in a persistent lucid dream-like state.
 
Young artist CAI Ming's recent Chinese Ink on Paper works
date: 2009-12-06 to 2010-01-17
front line contemporary will be featuring recent Chinese Ink on paper works by CAI Ming. Cai Ming’s recent series of paintings comes out of an inspired moment in Shanghai, when the artist viewed the sprawling city from the top of Jinmao tower. These works are imbued with the same feeling of awe, the overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, produced by this grand view of the megalopolis that he witnessed that day. Always fascinated by color and form, the classically trained Cai, succeeded in translating a traditional medium into a contemporary subject. The resulting body of works demonstrate Cai’s effort to redefine classical Chinese landscape painting to express modern-day urban landscape. A cocktail will be held on December 6th at our space - Willowbrook (Green Hills) Villa #327. Tel: 13918119712
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ZHANG Lansheng's SOLO Show: Installations and Mixed Media
date: 2009-11-08 to 2009-12-04
front line contemporary is welcoming you to its cocktail for ZHANG Lansheng's Solo show to take place on Sunday, November 8th, 2009 from 4pm to 6pm, at #327 Willowbrook Villa within the Green Hills Compound, #418 East Jinxiu Rd, Jinqiao, Pudong, tel: 50302062. We will be featuring a collection of works by ZHANG Lansheng ranging from Installations, Oils on Cardboard and Silkscreen Prints. Over the last two decades, ZHANG Lansheng lived abroad in Australia, Japan and Europe. His work shows maturity, inventiveness and humour.
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Group Show at our New Shanghai Gallery
date: 2009-09-01 to 2009-10-30
Come and see our new space in Shanghai! We are having a group show of most artists represented by front line contemporary:

E. CHANTEBOUT, DONG Wensheng, GONKAR, HAN Bing, HE Chi, HONG Hao, LI Jikai, LIN Hairong, PANG Yongjie, SUI Jianguo, WU Yuren, ZHANG Hui, ZHOU Jun, ZHU Wei.

Opening hours: Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm. Otherwise by appointment only (13918119712)
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Monteiro Berger's Woodblock prints
date: 2009-10-29 to 2009-10-29
A One day Sale of Monteiro Woodblick prints for the benefit of the charity association "Les Enfants de Madaifu" will be held at the Willowbrook Club House (1st Floor) at the following address:

Willowbrooks Villas, Lane 418, East Jinxiu Rd, Pudong, Shanghai
上海市浦东新区锦绣东路418弄327号 200135
Metro station: Zhanjiang Science & Technology Museum
Tel: 13918119712, 021-50302062
 
MA Yanling and XIE Wenyue at "Coffee & Books" in Shunyi
date: 2009-03-03 to 2009-04-30
Few works by MA Yanling and XIE Wenyue are on display at "Coffee and Books" (Dulwich College, Shunyi) for people to view. Ma's images of 30's Shanghai famous actresses continue to be appealing while Xie Wenyue's experimental photography plays with idea of crowds visiting famous sites in China. We hope that you'll enjoy these fine works. Part of the proceeds will go to the Charity Foundation "New Life Center". Hope to see you there! Contact us for more information on my mobile: 13511017924.
 
Recent Oils on Canvas by SI Yongping: Fading Past
date: 2009-02-15 to 2009-02-21
front line contemporary is proud to present new oil painting works by up and coming, young Chinese artist SI Yongping, an interesting series of old propaganda magazines on canvas, expressing a fading past. Please join us for a cocktail reception on Sunday afternoon, February 15th 2009 from 4pm to 6pm. Tell a neighbor, email a colleague, bring a friend!
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Hu Shengping's Recent Works on Paper
date: 2008-11-06 to 2008-12-19
HU Shengping's interesting abstract works on paper, will be on display at "Coffee and Books" (Dulwich College, Shunyi) for people to view. HU experiments various mixed medias and the use of burned paper, water and ink. We hope that you'll enjoy these fine works. For more information, please contact us directly. Part of the proceeds will go to the Charity Foundation "New Life Center". Hope to see you there! Contact us for more information on 13511017924.
 
SHI Jianguo and Nadia ARDITTI at Embassy House
date: 2008-11-10 to 2008-11-15
SHI Jianguo continues to charm us with his exquisite and suggestive works using ink wash on rice paper, depicting women in the Chinese modern society.

Nadia Arditti is a bronze sculptor from Turkey. Her works have reached world acclaim throughout the world both for her great technical mastery and treatment of the subject.

Reception to be held in the Embassy House atrium (time to be confirmed later). For more information, please contact us directly.
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Photography by Zhou Jun, Xie Wenyue and Sun Hongbin at the Coca-Cola Shuang Center
date: 2008-08-08 to 2008-09-20
front line contemporary is exhibiting several photo works by Zhou Jun, Xie Wenyue depicting scenes of the mutating Chinese cities and famous scenic spots. We are also exhibiting breath-taking images of trees in the dusk by Sun Hongbin at the VIP space in the Coca-Cola "Shuang" Center during the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games. The "Shuang" Center is located on the Olympic Green. Please call 13511017924 prior to your visit.
 
ART BEIJING 2008
date: 2008-09-05 to 2008-09-09
front line contemporary participated in ART BEIJING 2008, in Beijing, China, located at booth #A12, National Agricultural Exhibition Center (new hall). We are showing works by new artists Li Mingzhu, Si Yongping and Xie Xiaoze. Hours 10:00 am to 19:00 pm Saturday-Tuesday.
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XUE Jun Solo Photography Show at Coffee & Books
date: 2008-06-02 to 2008-09-08
The photography works depicting kitchen in rural and urban China by XUE Jun, will be on display at the Coffee and Books (Dulwich College, Shunyi) for people to view. XUE Jun catches the scene of every day domestic life in China. We hope that you enjoy these fine images. For more information, please contact us directly. Once again, part of the proceeds will go to the Charity Foundation "New Life Center"
 
Street Life in China by Emmanuel Chantebout
date: 2008-06-14 to 2008-06-25
'Salon' style show, Saturday, June 14, 2008 from 4pm to 6pm, at #2710 Embassy House, #18 Dongzhimenwai Xiaojie.
Collage and Oil on Canvas works by Emmanuel Chantebout, a French artist who gives his interpretation of the situation in China today. The attractive colour range and caustic humour make his works very appealing. Emmanuel who spent two years in China from 2005 to 2007 is currently back in France.
You are also welcome to view the show by appointment only between now and 25 June. Tel: 13511017924.
 
HAN Lei and WU Yuren's Photo Exhibition
date: 2008-05-10 to 2008-05-22
front line contemporary held a 'salon' style early summer show last Sunday, May 11, 2008 from 3pm to 6pm, at #2710 Embassy House, #18 Dongzhimenwai Xiaojie, featuring the photography works by HAN Lei (See photo of Four Seasons photography series) and WU Yuren (Imperial Criminal and Meteorite photography series), WU Yuren's works strive to reflect the times that China is presently in. Uniquely captivating, subtly stated. Both artists are active artists who are well known in China and abroad.
You are also welcome to view the show by appointment only between the 10 and 22 May. Tel: 13511017924.
 
Spring Photography Salon Event
date: 2008-03-22 to 2008-04-03
front line contemporary had a 'salon' style spring show to take place on Saturday, March 22, 2008 from 3pm to 6pm, at #2710 Embassy House, #18 Dongzhimenwai Xiaojie. We will be featuring the photography works by Tony Scott (Beijing Real Estate photography series) and DONG Wensheng (Chinese Garden photography series), both are active artists who are well known in China and abroad.
Tell a neighbor, email a colleague, bring a friend!
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Reflecting the Times Solo Photography Works by WU Yuren
date: 2008-03-16 to 2008-03-23
Join us in celebrating the photographic works of WU Yuren, both new and old, which strive to reflect the times that China is presently in. Uniquely captivating, subtly stated. Sunday afternoon cocktail reception on March 16th, tell a neighbor, email a colleague, bring a friend! All welcome.
 
SUN Hongbin: Animal Voyage - Recent Oils on Canvas
date: 2008-01-14 to 2008-01-17
front line contemporary is proud to present new oil painting works by up and coming, young Chinese artist SUN Hong Bin, an interesting series of animals on canvas titled SUN Hongbin: Animal Voyage. Please join us for a cocktail reception on the Wednesday afternoon, January 16th 2008 from 6pm to 8pm. Tell a neighbor, email a colleague, bring a friend!
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Outsider Inside Photography Exhibit
date: 2007-10-21 to 2008-01-10
Outsider Inside, the photography works by Karen Patterson/PENG Kailin, will be on display at the Coffee and Books (Dulwich College, Shunyi) for people to view. On display will be a small sample of the images caught by Karen's camera from 1994 to 1996, when she first lived in China as an English teacher. We hope that you enjoy these fine images, and can appreciate that somethings in China have not actually changed that much once you leave the big cities. For more information, please contact us directly.
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MA Yanling Retrospective: Acrylics and Photos
date: 2007-11-23 to 2007-11-30
Retrospective works by one of China's emerging female conceptual artists, the works of MA Yanling. On display for one week with several abstract and concept based acrylic painting works, alongside many of her well known conceptual photography series - "Suitcase", "Web", "Closet", and the more controversial "Gun" pictures. Cocktail reception held on Sunday, November 25, 2007 from 3pm to 6pm.
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MINUTIAE - Three Artists, Two Mediums
date: 2007-10-20 to 2007-10-28
SHI Jianguo and LI Jingbin are two Chinese artists who work almost exclusively in ink wash on Chinese paper, and Nadia Ardetti is a bronze sculpture artist from Turkey. The works on display for this exhibition do not represent an overall accumulation of their artistic portfolios, but a subtle detail of what they have accomplished thus in their chosen mediums. Cocktail opening, Sunday October 21, from 3-6pm.
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Woodblock Art Exhibition and Charity Sale Event
date: 2007-09-24 to 2007-10-24
front line contemporary presented the fine woodblock prints by Monteiro Berger, which ere on exhibition at the Coffee and Books Cafe (Dulwich College, Beijing) from September 24 to October 24, 2007. ALL proceeds were presented to the following two charity organizations, "Les Enfants de Maidafu" and Harmony Outreach. .
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ART BEIJING 2007
date: 2007-09-20 to 2007-09-23
front line contemporary participated in ART BEIJING 2007, in Beijing, China, located at booth #9, National Agricultural Exhibition Center (new hall). Hours 10:00 am to 19:00 pm everyday. Hope to see you there! Contact us for more information.
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SIGH! Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition - HEI Yang and LIU Xiaocheng
date: 2007-08-29 to 2007-09-04
Reception held on Wednesday evening 29 Aug 07, from 6 pm to 8pm, in the Embassy House atrium, where were displayed works from these two fine Chinese contemporary painters.
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THREE DIMENSIONS Contemporary Art Exhibition
date: 2007-05-05 to 2007-05-16
THREE DIMENSIONS Contemporary Art Exhibition included Chinese artists: HAN Bing (conceptual photography NEW CULTURE MOVEMENT and EVERYDAY PRECIOUS), HE Chi (chinese ink on paper, PROMISING SON OF THE WORKING CLASS/BABY), and PANG Yong Jie (oil painting, FEAST OF VISION) at Embassy House atrium. The opening reception was held on Saturday May 5, 2007 from 5pm to 8pm. The closing party was held on Wednesday May 16, 2007 from 6 - 8pm.
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LIU Zheng and ZHANG Hui Contemporary Art Exhibition and Sale
date: 2007-01-17 to 2007-01-29
The inaugural exhibition of our gallery took place in January 2007 and doubled as a fundraising event for the critically ill toddler of artists LIU Zheng and ZHANG Hui in the Beijing art community.
LIU Zheng first made an impact on the Chinese art scene in the late 90s with his gorgeously 'kitschy' beaded tapestries, depicting Chinese yuan/RMB notes of money, famous movie scenes, and several Buddhist statues, all in millions of individually applied beads. This exhibition, however, highlighted several of his later oil paintings.
ZHANG Hui is a well known oil painter in China, as is shown through her treatment of the famous 'Beijing Wawa' series, including several fibreglass figures in spashy colors such as orange, electric blue, red, pink and others.

front line contemporary donated proceeds from this event to provide medically necessary treatment for this special child in the US in February 2007.
 
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