NEW YORK, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Artspace.com, the leading online marketplace for contemporary art, is pleased to announce a new collaborative project with some of the most renowned Chinese photographers working today—Wen Fang, the duo Rong Rong & Inri, Cang Xin, Wang Jinsong, Xing Danwen, and Wang Ningde—through which Artspace is providing the Beijing-based artists direct access to Western buyers online for the first time. Curated by Tiffany Beres, one of Artspace's global curators out of Beijing, this collection of works titled "From Past to Present: Chinese Photography" will be available through Artspace beginning today.
While just two decades ago very few contemporary Chinese artists were widely known in the West, today the explosion of the Chinese art scene has transformed a wealth of the country's artists into mainstays at international art fairs and art museums around the world. Contemporary Chinese art has become a global phenomenon—a change reflective of both China's changing society and its increasing engagement with Western art and popular culture.
"It's no secret that the Chinese art world is going through a boom of epic proportions," says Christopher Vroom, Chairman, Co-Founder and EVP of Artist, Gallery and Institutional Relations of Artspace. "Despite a supercharged art market in mainland China, the Beijing gallery scene is still largely unsettled, with many artists eschewing the traditional gallery arrangement to sell work directly out of their studios. By choosing to partner with Artspace, these incredibly talented photographers are taking this entrepreneurial approach to an unprecedented level and we are proud to help them in their mission to reach a new Western audience online."
The works by Wen Fang, the duo Rong Rong & Inri, Cang Xin, Wang Jinsong, Xing Danwen, and Wang Ningde included in the new Artspace collection signify the bridge between two significant eras of Chinese modern history. Depicting life in the country from the Cultural Revolution to the current era of extreme capitalism, these photographs serve as an attempt to explain what has happened, and is happening, in present-day China. Artspace will offer these works for prices ranging from $400-$10,000.
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and with this collection of photography from seven prominent Chinese artists we are able to see and experience the ineffable changes that have taken place in China over the last decade," says curator Tiffany Beres. "These artists not only represent the first generation of post-Cultural Revolution photographers, they are also the first generation to have unprecedented access to Western ideas and audiences. It's a sign of the times that they are now able to show their work on an international platform such as Artspace."
"Artspace is excited and proud to partner with this amazing group of Chinese photographers whose works were previously inaccessible outside of Beijing," says Catherine Levene, CEO and Co-Founder of Artspace. "This project is just one of many international collaborations that Artspace will announce in the coming months as we continue our mission to make the best contemporary art from around the globe accessible from a single location online."
Artspace is the leading online marketplace for contemporary art, offering collectors and aspiring collectors the opportunity to discover, learn about and collect art from the top contemporary artists in the world at insider prices. Artspace curators collaborate with internationally renowned artists, museums, galleries and art fairs to provide the world's best collection of contemporary art online, in a single location. Artspace serves as a trusted art advisor offering information and education on every featured artist and work on the site in order to provide members with the details they need to make informed and confident purchase decisions. Membership to Artspace is free, prices start at $200 and every sale of artwork on the site supports an artist, cultural institution or non-profit organization. For more information, visit Artspace.com.