Undeterred by pandemic and political tumult, Western galleries expand to Greater China

Edward Ressle's new gallery is housed in the Bank of Shanghai's old headquarters

The New York dealer Edward Ressle unveiled his Asian outpost near Shanghais landmark Bund earlier this month, with a show of Bruce Nauman's video works (until 20 September). The 3,000 sq. ft space, housed in a historic building that used to be the Bank of Shanghais headquarters, was restored by Shu Yang and his firm YSSY Inc.

The gallery had been due to launch in June, but that opening was delayed until mid-August due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The decision to open in Shanghai was an organic one," says the gallery's co-founder Antonia Ressle. "It started for a very personal reason; years ago Edward was dating a girl from Shanghai in New York.” Hence, he started visiting the Chinese city more often, combining it with exhibiting at Shanghais West Bund Art & Design Fair.

It seems that even a pandemic and political tumult cannot dull the appeal of Asias expanding market, especially as the region appears to have controlled Covid-19s spread comparatively effectively. Ressle is the third Western gallerist to branch into greater China this year, on the heels of Frances Villepin and Englands Flowers Gallery to Hong Kong, in March and May respectively.

Corner Houses #20 (2010) was part of Michael Wolf's opening show at Flower's Gallery in Hong Kong Courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery

“Without question its been an interesting time to open a gallery in Hong Kong,” says Matthew Flowers, the managing director of Flowers Gallery. “We had planned to open last autumn—delayed by political unrest—and then February this year—delayed by the coronavirus lockdown—so we finally opened in May” with a showcase of the late Hong Kong-based German photographer Michael Wolf. “To date we have had a Read More – Source