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"Meet the Gallerists" video series: portraits of the gallerists at Art Basel in Hong Kong

Published on 3/23/2018 by Christoph Spangenberg
Don Gallery, Art Basel in Hong Kong (MCH Group)
Behind every art gallery is a creative visionary. The new Art Basel video series entitled "Meet the Gallerists" presents these visionaries. How do gallerists work, what drives them? What are the special features of the local art scene? What are they exhibiting at Art Basel in Hong Kong (29-31 March 2018)? The Don Gallery from Shanghai, the JTT Gallery from New York and Tarq from Mumbai are three out of 28 participants at Hong Kong who are attending the show for the first time. These are their stories.

Don Gallery, Shanghai

'Contemporary art in China is brand new. It’s a baby. People need to discover more.” - Chen Xixing, owner and director of Don Gallery

In 2006, Chen Xixing undertook a radical life change: she chose to pursue her love of art and opened a gallery. Today, Don Gallery is located in the West Bund area, Shanghai’s growing arts hub. It champions young Chinese artists working in a variety of media, as they build their careers and artistic practices. 

For the Discoveries sector of Art Basel in Hong Kong, Don Gallery will present a solo presentation of works by Zhang Ruyi, a Chinese artist working across painting and installation.

JTT Gallery, New York

'We are in a community where we love to share our passions, and that’s how we learn.' - Jasmin Tsou, founder and owner of JTT

Jasmin Tsou was 27 years old when she opened her Lower East Side gallery in 2012. She initially exhibited her peers, but soon expanded her program to include emerging artists in a climate that she describes as ‘scary and intimidating.’ Tsou has a very collaborative approach: ongoing conversations with colleagues have shaped JTT’s program and remain at the heart of her activity as a gallerist.

For the Discoveries sector of Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong, JTT will present site-specific sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Charles Harlan.

TARQ, Mumbai

'The visual arts are a conversation.’ –Hena Kapadia, owner and director of Tarq

In Sanskrit, ‘Tarq’ means ‘debate’ or ‘dialogue’. Its with this intention of sparking rich conversations that Hena Kapadia opened her gallery in 2014. Through Tarq, she offers emerging artists a platform to exhibit their work in Mumbai and beyond. The gallery has also become a meeting point for a new generation of collectors at the beginning of their journey. 

Tarq will debut in the Discoveries sector of Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong with drawings by Vishwa Shroff that investigate the links between architecture and storytelling.

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