ANN: TIAMSA Book Event – A Modern History of China’s Art Market by Kejia Wu (New York, 7 Nov 2023, 18:30 EST)

TIAMSA and Zürcher Gallery are delighted to host a book event for a new history of the Chinese art market. Please join us on November 7 at the Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.

Over the past few decades, China’s art market experienced an awe-inspiring transformation. During the Cultural Revolution, art collecting activities and art trade were outlawed. The first art auction did not take place in China until the early 1990s. Today China’s art auction market has become the second largest after the United States, ahead of the United Kingdom. The two largest art auction houses in China, China Guardian Auctions and Beijing Poly International Auction, founded in 1993 and 2005 respectively, have annual sales that exceed nearly all of their Western peers.

How did the art market in China achieve such fast growth within a short period of time? How do Chinese contemporary artists evolve in this environment? How will these transformations impact the international art world?

Author Kejia Wu will discuss her book A Modern History of China’s Art Market which provides the first account of the drastic transformation of China’s art market. The talk will examine how the environment for China’s arts and cultural development changed from the end of the Cultural Revolution to today and its future trajectory. The discussion will cover the stages of market transformation and introduce a group of Chinese contemporary artists who have been trying to explore creative breathing space in a complex political and cultural environment.

To register please RSVP by November 7 to

Kejia Wu is an art historian, columnist for the Financial Times Chinese Edition and a trustee of New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. She authored The European Fine Art Foundation’s Art Market Report in 2019. She has lectured and spoken about Asian contemporary art and art market at numerous institutions including Columbia University, NYU, NYU Shanghai, Tsinghua University, The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) Maastricht and New York, New York Studio School, The City University of Hong Kong, Bilgi University in Istanbul, Guardian Fine Art Asia, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Bangkok and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.