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ShanghART never disappoints. This year: Xu Zhen's reconstruction of an Asian market. Far as I can tell, stocked with real groceries.
But thanks to a Chinese artist, cheap art was to be had. All you had to do was head to the ShanghART Supermarket – one of the fair's hottest spaces. The mixed media installation by artist Xu Zhen, known for his work "chopping off" (in a believable virtual stunt) the top of the Himalayas, invited fair goers to shop in aisles stocked with American goods labeled – including the cost – in Chinese.
Folger's coffee $1.20, a Heineken beer $1.14, and a best-selling item, a 12-pack of condoms for $4.50. Although all packages were actually empty, the cash register didn't stop ringing all day.
"Everyone is talking about the China effect, but [the artist] is talking about the American effect on China," said Francine LeFrak from New York City, who bought a pretty carton of cigarettes, Huggies diapers and condoms. "For there to be a Chinese effect, there was an American effect first, and he is commenting on the impact of American culture on the Chinese. It's a circle."
Things were more downwardly mobile at Shanghai's ShanghART booth, which artist Xu Zhen had outfitted as a convenience store selling bags of noodles and boxes of toothpaste - just the packaging, not the goods -- copied from the real things. Prices here used the product's actual dollar amounts but quoted in Chinese yuan - currently trading at about 1 yuan to 14 cents. That meant that individual works, like the colorful boxes of cigarettes, ranged between 30 cents and $3. Needless to say, the "art" flew off the shelves. Asked what she would do if the store sold out, dealer Sine Bepler shrugged and said, "We'll show empty shelves." (Linda Yablonsky is an art critic for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)
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But if you looked, cheap art was to be had. All you had to do was head to the ShanghART Supermarket.
Chinese artist Xu Zhen, known for his work ''chopping off'' (in a believable virtual stunt) the top of the Himalayas, staged a ShanghART Supermarket in the Miami Beach Convention Center, where the main Art Basel fair is held in Hall D. The market sold American goods labeled -- including the cost - in Chinese. Folger's coffee $1.20, a Heineken beer $1.14. The cash register didn't stop ringing all day. ''Everyone is talking about the China effect, but [the artist] is talking about the American effect on China,'' said Francine LeFrak, who bought a pretty carton of cigarettes, Huggies diapers and condoms. "For there to be a Chinese effect, there was an American effect first, and he is commenting on the impact of American culture on the Chinese. It's a circle."