Last night, we went to the opening of the new space legendary New York gallery Pace Wildenstein (Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and the like) opened here in Beijing's 798 art district in a former government munitions factory. At 22,000 square feet, it's the biggest commercial gallery in the world, and the space is nothing short of spectacular. I'd love to show you some images, but it appears that various government firewalls are preventing me from both uploading pictures and even reading my own blog, but such is life here, it seems.
In any case, the inaugural exhibition is of Zhang Xiaogang's work; Zhang, who is top-dollar among China's multi-millionaire artists, made his name as a painter of oblique family portraits, culled from his memories of photographs of his own family that were destroyed during the cultural revolution here; the new work is his first foray into sculpture and installation.
Speaking with Arnie Glimcher, who's been running Pace for 50 years, the show sold out in less than four hours. Given that Zhang's work typically sells for millions per piece, you can try to do the math on your own.
More later ...