Vanguard Gallery is founded in 2004 in Shanghai. The gallery is devoted to provide emerging artists both national and international opportunities for artistic dialogues, and has been engaged in discovering and promoting young contemporary artists since its establishment.
To encourage more collaboration between young artists and the gallery, Vanguard Gallery initiated the special project “Gas Station” in 2008. “Gas Station” takes place annually from July to August, where young artists that the gallery has never collaborated with are invited to hold exhibitions in the space. It intends to serve as a platform where works by emerging artists can be seen by a larger audience while bringing artists self-reflections upon their own works. Up to now, more than 20 young artists have participated in the project, including many who are active participants today in constructing the Chinese contemporary art discourse system.
Vanguard Gallery embraces immensely open attitude towards artistic creation in different forms. The represented artists’ works including but not limited to painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography and video. Yet photography and new media art are the two main focuses of the gallery’s representation.
Through the persistence in supporting and promoting innovative and experimental artistic creations since its establishment, Vanguard Gallery has become a significant force in setting the trend and exploring the possibility of Chinese contemporary art’s future.