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Here comes the Shanghai Art Week

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The art fairs are back, and this time they mean business. Time Out Shanghai looks at what’s in store at this month’s Art in the City, Photo Shanghai and West Bund Art and Design Fair.
Art in the City
chi K11, Saturday 12-Monday 14 September, 11am-7pm, 60RMB
Last year, Ar t in the City debuted in the basement of K11 with stalls from a wide collection of different galleries. This year sees the event expand, but still with the three-day exhibition in K11 at its core. Also on the agenda this time around is a competition for new media artists called Blast! for which Art in the City are going to choose eight standout entries from submissions by locally-based artists and put them on display at chi K11, MoCA Pavilion and the BMW ‘experience centre’ at the former Expo site. There’ll also be tours (see side bar opposite).

It’s a local affair, with 17 Chinese galleries showing works from artists such as Lv Yanxiang (pictured, top left), Chen Dongfan and Qiu Shijie. Art in the City are taking the opportunity this year to shine a light on some of the underdogs of the Shanghai art scene. Our picks are 1933 Contemporary, Ren Space, Gallery 55 and the better known Art+ Gallery. There’s also a fun theme to the exhibition, ‘Stop Making Sense’. Presumably that’s going to be easy with 17 different galleries showing unrelated artworks at the same time.
West Bund Art and Design Fair
West Bund Art Center, Tuesday 8-Friday 11 September, midday-6pm; Saturday 12-Sunday 13 September, 10am-6pm. 60RMB
This is the big one. Also started only last year, the West Bund Art and Design Fair kicked off life at an enormous former aircraft factory located close to the Yuz Museum in a shockingly well-organised manner; we nearly choked on our vino at how professional it was. Perhaps having Chinese art star Zhou Tiehai and the Shanghai West Bund Development Group at the helm helped. Whatever it was, we’re very much looking forward to the return of this one.

Are you ready for this? Works from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Anthony Gormley and Yayoi Kasuma will be on display at this year’s fair, making it even more high profile than last year. West Bund is a distinctly more international fair than Art in the City, with Hauser & Wir th (galleries in Zurich, London and New York), Pace Gallery (New York, London and Beijing) and Ben Brown Fine Arts (Hong Kong and London) all taking booths, while local heroes BANK Gallery, Leo Xu Projects and Don Gallery appear too.
Photo Shanghai
Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Friday 11-Sunday 13 September, 11am-6pm. 100RMB per day, 280RMB for three days
As with the other art fairs detailed above, last year was Photo Shanghai’s debut. Sensing that the time was ripe for the expansion of the photography market in China, they set up shop to try and educate the market on the value of photography, as well as provide a buying opportunity for collectors. Although photography is widely enjoyed, the understanding of it as a form of art in China is still developing, meaning that the market for it is still young. This was evidenced last year by the huge crowds that came to see the fair, but fewer sales than expected.

Photos from Yang Fudong, David LaChapelle and Willy Rizzo will be on show by way of the mixed international and Chinese galleries who will be at the fair. ShangHART (Shanghai and Beijing), Pekin Fine Arts (Beijing) and M97 (Shanghai) will be some of the galleries representing China. On the international side of things Gagosian Gallery (London, New York, Paris and five other cities), Camera Work from Berlin and Visionairs from Singapore will all appear, among many others.
Art Week Tours
Also on the agenda for Shanghai Art Week is a series of art tours that will be stopping at different fairs and galleries. Bus travel is included. To book, visit huodong.Ctrip.com (Chinese version). 
Tour A
Date: Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 September.
Time: 10.45am-4pm.
Price: 298RMB/person.
Stops: chi K11 for the Art in the City Festival, Power Station of Art for Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s The Dream City, Jingan Sculpture Park for Living Yangtze outdoor exhibition, Shanghai Exhibition Centre for Photo Shanghai.
Tour B
Date: Saturday 12 September.
Time: 2-6.30pm.
Price: 288RMB/person.
Stops: chi K11 for the Art in the City Festival, Yuz Museum for ‘Rain Room’, Kopi at Yuz for afternoon tea, West Bund Art Center for the West Bund Art and Design Fair. 
Tour C
Date: Saturday 12 September.
Time: 10.45am-1pm.
Price: 120RMB/person.
Stops: chi K11 for the Art in the City Festival, MoCA Shanghai for Shanghai Ever. 
Tour D
Date: Saturday 12 or Sunday 13 September.
Time: 1-4.30pm.
Price: 270RMB/person.
Stops: chi K11 for the Art in the City Festival, Aurora Museum in Pudong for Zhang Enli and Christopher Doyle’s Nobody Knows Where, Aurora Museum’s A Café 5 for afternoon tea with a view of The Bund, Aurora Museum’s gift shop to pick up a gift. 
Tour E
Date: Sunday 13 September.
Time: 1.30-5.30pm.
Price: 205RMB/person.
Stops: chi K11 for the Art in the City Festival, Rockbund Art Museum for Chen Zhen’s Without Going to New York and Paris, Life Could be Internationlised, a drink in the RAM cafe, Shanghai Exhibition Centre for Photo Shanghai. 
Tour F
Date: Sunday 13 September.
Time: 11am-2.30pm.
Price: 399RMB/person.
Stops: chi K11 for the Art in the City Festival, MoCA Shanghai for Shanghai Ever, three course set lunch at the MoCA