And to cater to this growing and awakening consumer group, SURGE Art is also expanding throughout the country. Last October, they held the festival in Shanghai for the first time. And late this year, the first SURGE Art will be held in Hong Kong.
“Surge Art 艺起” 致力与身为中国专业的发掘高质量评价当代艺术品的先锋平台，与2013年4月30日－5月2日在北京的时尚中心去三里屯太古里南区橙色大厅，举办了2013 “SURGE Art 一起” 北京艺术节。
Cultural Exchange: The Surge website is marketing contemporary works mostly by Chinese artists. It’s a matter of supply meeting the country’s increasing demand.
第九届“SURGE Art艺起北京”展览地点位于地处东二环核心腹地的艺术地标当代MOMA空中连廊，展览作品有油画、版画、水墨、雕塑、装置等近千件，来自包括居住在北京的国外艺术家及台湾艺术家在内的200多位极富潜力的年轻艺术家。本次展览是“SURGE Art艺起”中国巡展系列的第一站，此后还将在上海，成都，台北等地陆续展出。
“The short queue at the ticket counter for the Claude Monet exhibition is deceptive: Inside, the rooms are crowded with people studying paintings by the French Impressionist master. Stern-faced guards keep close watch on the proceedings, which are subdued and quiet except for the frequent bleep of an alarm when visitors lean too close to the priceless portraits and landscapes.”
“The SURGE art fairs, which now takes place in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, began a the Affordable Art Fair Beijing back in 2006. ARTINFO spoke to Tom Pattinson about the Beijing event, which begins on the same day as Art Beijing, Tue. 30 April”
See SURGE Art Director, Tom Pattinson as he’s featured in the Beijinger’s Guide to Jue Festival Issue.
“Through our art fairs, we’ve been giving young artists the opportunity to be seen by art lovers, by professionals, by critics, by curators, and also the opportunity to sell work and make money. So essentially what we’ve been doing lis to awaken a lot of the untapped talent. We’re the first rung on the ladder of promoting them onto a professional career in the arts.”
Check out Time Out Beijing’s interview with SURGE Artist, Li Jinguo.
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