Many of the galleries participating in JINGART appealed to a traditional aesthetic, showcasing artworks that referenced classical Chinese forms. Taiwan’s Tina Keng Gallery
exhibited a 2016 triptych by Sichuan artist
, which reflected the artist’s ongoing interest in imbuing traditional materials, such as rice paper and embroidered cloth shoes, with contemporary themes. A four-panel video work by
, presented at JINGART by Shanghai gallery Matthew Liu Fine Arts
, took scenes of urban verticality derived from the skylines of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Chongqing, and mixed them with forms from classical Chinese landscape painting.
JINGART was also the first Beijing fair for Chengdu’s A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
, which has been present at every edition of Art021. The gallery positioned its booth between the poles of tradition and modernity with a dual retrospective for two artists who are core to its program:
, whose brightly-colored paintings and assemblages evoked the gritty urban environment of his native Chongqing, and Chengdu-born
, whose relatively starker canvases reflected the Chinese ink-wash tradition.
“Since the mid-’80s, they’ve started provocative discussions about the language of painting,” said gallery founder Liu Jie of the two artists’ work. He said he wanted to exhibit “most representative works” from each decade of their respective careers to give a sense of the range of their practices, which he said “spans from modern to contemporary.”
JINGART also hosted several Beijing galleries, including Long March Space
, which, like A Thousand Plateaus, has participated in every edition of Art021. The gallery’s booth showcased five artists from its stable, including
, whose solo show at the space recently closed, and painter
, whose exhibition just opened.