Our new occasional art column, aiming to highlight artists, galleries, and prominent aficionados in Beijing, coincides with data art firm Artprice releasing statistics showing China dominating in dollar value art acquisitions, maintaining its position as the global number one buyer in this ravenously intense race.

As the wealthy middle class grows, the need for contemporary culture, and the telling refinements of personal taste, emerges in private home with the acquisitions of art from well-established practitioners and rising stars. Beijing's latest space in Caochangdi, De Sarthe Gallery, brings a new focus to art with Zhou Wendou (seen above showing previous works Helmet and Diamond Dreams) exhibiting his installation Borderless at their official opening on April 4.

"What makes De Sarthe Beijing different to our other galleries in Hong Kong and the USA," says owner Vincent De Sarthe, "is the need to showcase investment art." While contemporary art will remain an integral part of gallery operations, De Sarthe Beijing aims to drive the idea of investment art: pieces that are transferable from public exhibitions, and can be re-homed in the collections of enthusiastic buyers. Therefore it's appropriate that Zhou is showcasing his solo exhibition Borderless to highlight this burgeoning commercial crossover ideal. A special installation piece of metal cast from the fissures of a large slab of concrete, at once and installation that exudes a directionless, yet anxiously confined, sense of existence, shows De Sarthe Beijing's future direction perfectly.

The exhibition Borderless will show at De Sarthe Gallery until May 24.

De Sarthe Beijing
Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm. 328-D Caochangdi Chaoyang District (8418 2441)
草场地328-D


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