Shanghai is fuelling China’s transition to world’s biggest art market – despite the thorny issue of censorship
Sitting at one of her exhibits in the West Bund Art & Design booth of Shanghai art week – a sake bar that has just been placed on hold for a collector – Pilar Corrias reflects on the huge change she has seen since she started exhibiting here in 2013. “Energy has been building in China for well over a decade, but the way the scene has exploded over the past five years has been extraordinary – and it is driven by the fairs,” says the London-based art dealer, pouring sake from the bar, a work by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2019 (The Form of the Flower Is Unknown to the Seed).
“I’ve been coming to Asia for 10 years and got in early, via Hong Kong. I could never do that now: there’s too much competition. They all want to break the market.”