Artshare is supported by a leading Art Advisory Committee composed of the most respected and influential figures in Asian art. They provide Artshare with valuable expertise, network and trust.
Adrian Cheng graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree, and studied Japanese culture in Kyoto after university graduation. An avid lover of visual art forms, Cheng was invited to join the TATE’s Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee in 2012, in recognition of his efforts in promoting arts and culture. As a cultural entrepreneur and an active advocate for arts development and education, Cheng believes that art living is an inborn gift to be nurtured and developed. He supports various projects that aim to enrich the lives of Hong Kong and Mainland China. At the beginning of 2013, Cheng collaborated with Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the United Kingdom to set up an annual scholarship programme for students from HongKong and Mainland China. Hehas founded a non-profit organisation, ‘K11 Art Foundation’, to raise public awareness for the local and global contemporary art scene. In 2012, Cheng was honoured with the title ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum. He hopes to build a shared platform for business, art and everyday living and through which to lead more effective support to the sustainable development of arts and culture among local corporations.
Considered to be one of the pioneers of Chinese contemporary art in the world, Chang Tsong-zung (Johnson Chang) is a curator, director of Hanart TZ Gallery, guest professor of China Art Academy and board director of Asia Art Archive. Chang has been active in curating Chinese exhibitions since the 1980s. Research projects include the “Yellow Box” series of projects about contemporary art practice and Chinese aesthetics spaces (since 2004), and “Jia Li Tang” projects on traditional hall of rite and its relationship to aesthetics (since 2012). Recent curatorial work include: Co-curator of Guangzhou Triennial 2008 “Farewell to Post-Colonialism”, “Spiritual Space: A Dimension in Lacquer” (Hubei Museum of Art 2009), the “West Heavens” series of Indian-Chinese art and intellectual exchanges (presented on the platforms of Shanghai Biennial 2010, Guangzhou Triennial 2011, and Shanghai Biennial 2012). Chang is co-curator of the 2012 Shanghai Biennial (October 2012 to March 2013).
Pearl Lam is a collector, patron, curator, and gallery owner. As a curator, among many other exhibitions, she conceived and organised the critically acclaimed “Awakening: La France Mandarine”, an exhibition on the French influence on Chinese art, which was a central part of the 2004 French Year in China. As a patron, she has donated works to museums as various as the V&A, London; the Asia Art Society Museum, New York; the KW Institute, Berlin; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the Peabody Museum, Boston. She is the owner of Pearl Lam Galleries, which exhibits Chinese and international contemporary art and design through its various galleries in Shanghai, Hong Kong and a forthcoming space in Singapore. She began exhibiting avant-garde art and design in Hong Kong in 1993, and opened her first Shanghai gallery in 2005. Today, Lam continues her mission of promoting intercultural dialogue and multi-discipline art by bringing Chinese art abroad and international art to China. Lam is a founder of the China Art Foundation, which aims to connect the West and East by furthering each other’s understanding of Chinese and Western art and culture through education and shared knowledge.
Philip Dodd was Director of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (1997-2004) and is currently chair of the agency Made in China, as well as a Director of the China Foundation, visiting professor at the University of the Arts London, and a regular BBC broadcaster. More recently he was the advisor for the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo and advisor to ART HK where he founded the Private Museums Forum. He is also chair of the advisory board of a new art fair, ART 13 LONDON. He has curated many exhibitions in London, New York and Moscow. He also commissioned the exhibition, evolutionary Capitals: Beijing-London” at the ICA (1999), which featured many of the artists from China who would then become globally recognised. Dodd has written catalogue essays for many exhibitions and is presently curating an exhibition of contemporary Chinese woodcuts. His interviews with major Chinese artists have been published in numerous international publications. His company is one of the partners in a new international design fair in Shanghai, and also currently the advisor on a new design museum opening in Shekou in 2015.
Dominique and Sylvain Levy
Dominique and Sylvain Levy are leading collectors of Chinese contemporary art. Sylvain is a visiting professor of Art History and Management at the University of Shanghai, and guest lecturer at various leading universities. Dominique and Sylvain are members of the International Committee of Tate Modern. Their private collection, the “DSL Collection” (www.dslcollection.org) ranks among the most important and innovative in the world. It encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, video art and installation of 100 of the leading Chinese avant-garde artists. The collectors' focused philosophy of acquisition and their utilization of new technologies to promote their works are what set the DSL collection apart. The DSL collection is oriented by a clearly defined set of criteria: the number of pieces is kept to 160, so as to ensure constant redefinition and communication between the pieces; the works are exhibited in museums; and are accessible through the internet and other interactive programs such as an iPad application.
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