See Pictures From the First artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation Night in Shanghai

The event kicked off Shanghai Art Week.

Collector and Director of Yuz Museum Budi Tek presented Artists of the Year to Xu Zhen. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming

On the evening of November 7, nearly 200 influential figures from the art world, including prominent artists, collectors, museum directors, and leaders of cultural institutions gathered at the Fosun Foundation on the Bund (the popular waterfront area) in Shanghai, sharing a memorable night at the 2016 artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation Night.

At the gala, artnet presented the fourth Global Chinese Art Auction Market Report, the most authoritative white paper on the Chinese art market. Seven artists and two galleries received awards during the ceremony, the first awards to be based on a combination of auction data and computer algorithms.

Rozalia Jovanovic, Editor-in-Chief of artnet News, spoke at the gala on behalf of artnet, saying that she has clearly sensed the momentum in the Chinese art scene, and Chinese artists are attracting increasing attention from abroad. As the first dedicated platform for buying, selling, and researching art online, artnet aims to bring more transparency to the art market.

During the ceremony, Jessica Zhang, artnet’s Director of Greater China and Publisher of artnet News China, introduced the fourth edition of the Global Chinese Art Auction Market Report 2015. Co-launched by artnet and the China Association of Auctioneers (CAA), this annual report is the sole one of its kind to publish data from mainland China that is reviewed by a third party organization with knowledge of the art market in China, according to Zhang, and its goal is to build a deeper understanding of the art market. Zhang also noted that artnet hopes this annual report would be helpful for dealers, collectors, and anyone making decisions concerning the art market.

Lu Xun, founder of Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing presented Millennial Artists award to young artist Zhao Yao. Image: Courtesy of artnet.

Lu Xun, founder of Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing presented Millennial Artists award to young artist Zhao Yao. Image: Courtesy of artnet.

For the inaugural artnet Annual Awards, artnet worked with the independent research institution YIS to develop in-depth research on artists born in China after 1970. The research is based on open data about exhibition histories of over 2,000 artists collected from public sources such as museums, galleries, biennales, and artists’ websites, and private collections, as well as other data from sources including the artnet Price Database. From there, using a method of social computing (an area of research at the intersection of social behavior and computational systems), artists were assigned points according to a grading system that weighed the significance of a variety of exhibition types (solo exhibitions outweigh group exhibitions; non-profit exhibitions outweigh selling exhibitions, etc.).

“This is the first art award that is based on data,” said Zhang. “It is a bold experiment to establish a new evaluation system, which truthfully and systematically reflects the choices made by the industry. We hope that this award could help people learn more about the art market and encourage the pioneers and innovators to continue boosting the healthy development of the art market.”

The first award presented was Millennial Artists, which is specially established for encouraging and supporting young artists who were born after 1980. In order to compensate for the lack of sales records and evaluation systems for emerging artists, we invited over 20 industry insiders to participate in a poll and give scores to the artists selected by a model based on objective data collected from professional institutions like art museums. Lu Xun, founder of Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, and Bu Qing from YIS presented this award to artists Zhao Yao and He Xiangyu respectively.

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Lu Xun, Lesley Sheng, China Associate of Esther Schipper / Johnen Galerie, Esther Schipper, founder of Esther Schipper / Johnen Galerie, and Jessica Zhang. Image: Zhongming.
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Lu Jie, founder of Long March. Image: Zhongming.
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Guests at “2016 artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation Night”. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming.
artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation
The scene of “2016 artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation Night”. Image: Zhongming.
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Artist Zhang Enli and collector Su Minhong. Image: Zhongming.
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Li Lin, Founder of JNBY with Michelle Tek and Hu Danjie, Asia consultant of Frieze Art Fair. Image: artnet.
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Right: Urs Meile, founder of Galerie Urs Meile. Image: Zhongming.
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Collector and founder of Qiao Space, Qiao Zhibing, Cai Jinqing, Jessica Zhang, and Cai Lixin. Image: Zhongming.
artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation
Collector Wang Simian, Jessica Zhang, Jenny Wang , and Li Xi, art director of Gagosian Gallery. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming.
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From left to right: Qiao Zhibing, David Zwirner, Cai Lixin, and Christopher D’Amelio, partner of David Zwirner Gallery. Image: artnet.
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Jenny Wang, Chairwoman of Fosun Foundation, and artist Zeng Fanzhi at the gala. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming.
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From left to right: Thomas Shao, CEO of Modern Media Holdings, Budi Tek, Weng Ling, Founder of Beijing Center for the Arts, Jenny Wang, Michelle Tek, Ellie Lai , CEO of Humble House Taipei, artists Zeng Fanzhi and Yan Pei-Ming. Image: artnet.
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The scene of “2016 artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation Night”. Image: Zhongming.
artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation
The scene of “2016 artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation Night”. Image: artnet.
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Founder of V Space, Vivi; Founder of Yuz Museum Budi Tek and his wife Michelle Tek. Image: Zhongming.
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Tatsuo Miyajima speaking at the gala. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming.
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From left to right: Artist Zhang Enli, Rozalia Jovanovic, and collector Liu Lan. Image: Zhongming.
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Philp Tinari, Director of Ullen Center for Contemporary Art, presenting Artists of the Year award. Image: Courtesy of artnet.
artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation
Ellie Harrison-Read, Director of Lisson Gallery, David Zwirner, Founder of David Zwirner Gallery and Zhou Tiehai, Director of West Bund Art & Design Fair. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming.
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Jessica Zhang introducing Global Chinese Art Auction Market Report 2015 and the statistic model used for the awards. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming.
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From left to right: Director of MoMA PS1, Klaus Biesenbach, Emmanuel Perrotin, founder of Galerie Perrotin, and Kenny Schatcher, writer of artnet News. Image: Zhongming.
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Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1, presenting Artists of the Year award. Image: Courtesy of artnet.
artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation
Guests at “2016 artnet Awards Gala x Fosun Foundation Night”. Image: Courtesy of Zhongming.

The Galleries of the Year award was based on data collected from those galleries who represent the top 50 artists in the world, and the result is based on the ratio of how many top 50 artists they represent. Beijing Commune and Long March Space were awarded this prize, and Leng Lin and Lu Jie, founders of these two galleries, respectively, received the awards presented by artnet Editor-in-Chief Rozalia Jovanovic.

The five recipients of the Artist of the Year award were Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Xu Zhen, Liu Wei, and Zheng Guogu, presented by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1, Philip Tinari, Director of Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Budi Tek, Director of Yuz Museum, Cai Jinqing, President of Christie’s China, and Katie Guo, representative from Poly Shanghai.

In her speech, Jenny Wang, President of Fosun Foundation, introduced Fosun Foundation as a diverse cultural center that embodies the blend of modernity and tradition that is Shanghai’s signature. Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima was commissioned to create a public installation for the art center that was on view the night of the gala.

Situated on the Bund with illuminating lights on both sides of the Huangpu River, the gala officially kicked off Shanghai Art Week, followed by West Bund Art and Design fair, ART021, and the Shanghai Biennale. Many museums and galleries also opened major exhibitions during the week. Guests who were at the gala agreed that the art awards based on data did bring more transparency to the art scene.


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