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Chambers Fine Art is a gallery specializing in contemporary Chinese art located in New York and Beijing. It was established by Christophe W. Mao in New York in 2000. Recognizing the need for a gallery that would serve as an authoritative source of information on the latest developments in the rapidly growing contemporary art world in China, Mao named his gallery after Sir William Chambers, the celebrated British architect who was a leading exponent of Chinese principles in garden design in the late eighteenth century. During the first seven years, artists including Lu Shengzhong, Hong Hao, Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen had their first solo exhibitions in the USA. Since then a younger generation of artists including Wu Jian’an, Zhao Zhao, Fu Xiaotong, and Guo Hongwei has added different perspectives to the gallery profile. From 2009 to 2019 the gallery has occupied premises at 522 West 19th Street, a block that is noteworthy for a concentration of new buildings by Frank Gehry, Shigeru Ban and Jean Nouvel as well as proximity to the High Line, the former elevated railway track that has become a much admired public park. In the fall of 2019, the gallery headquarters moved to an appointment-only viewing room in Greenwich Village, supplemented by an exhibition space on the Lower East Side. As it enters its third decade, the inclusion of a generation of younger artists, not all of them from China, into the gallery's program indicates a widening of scope, a shifting of perspective. Chinese contemporary art has become readily accepted within the international dialog, and by broadening its focus, Chambers Fine Art aims to further enrich this dialog.
Artists Represented:
Ai Weiwei 艾未未
Cai Jin 蔡锦
Cui Fei 崔斐
Feng Mengbo 冯梦波
Fu Xiaotong 付小桐
Guo Hongwei 郭鸿蔚
Hong Lei 洪磊
Ho Sintung
Lam Tung-pang
Lu Shengzhong 吕胜中
Pixy Liao
Rong Rong 荣荣
Shi Jing 史晶
Shi Jinsong 史金淞
Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen 尹秀珍和宋冬
Song Hongquan 宋红权
Tan Dun 谭盾
Taca Sui 塔可
Wang Dongling 王冬龄
Wang Gongyi
Wu Jian'an 邬建安
Xie Xiaoze 谢晓泽
Yan Shanchun 严善錞
Zhang Dun 张盾
Zhao Zhao 赵赵
Works Available By:
Julia Bland
Hong Hao
Jenny Perlin
Li Qing
Mary Simpson
Qiu Zhijie
Song Dong
Wang Tiande
Yang Jiechang


Installation view courtesy Chambers Fine Art.

Past Exhibitions

Fu Xiaotong


March 31, 2022 - May 19, 2022

GAMA and Siyuan Tan


February 3, 2022 - March 25, 2022
Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the exhibition Betwixt, featuring artists GAMA and Siyuan Tan on February 3, 2022. This will be GAMA’s fourth exhibition with the gallery, and Siyuan Tan’s first time showing with Chambers Fine Art. The shaman is a mediator between man and all things in nature. Its influence is particularly evident in northern mainland China, with various branches of the tradition existing within ancient Tungusic (Manchu) and Mongolian cultures. Acting as a bridge, the shaman connects man and nature, man and God to each other. Both GAMA and Siyuan Tan use their unique artistic language to reference their own cultural lineage, conceptualizing the spiritual core and external symbols of mythology. Breaking away from a religious interpretation of these symbols, they instead search for new definitions and logical relationships between shamanic culture and the contemporary world from a personal perspective. Born in Inner Mongolia in 1977, GAMA studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing from 1996 to 2000 before moving to Karlsruhe, Germany in 2002 where he studied painting at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste from 2002 to 2007 and was master student under Gustav Kluge from 2007 to 2008. He currently lives and works in Berlin. GAMA was born into a nomadic family and would move every four months as the seasons changed. His great aunt was an important shaman whose ability to connect with the supernatural world had a profound impact on the young boy. He recalls witnessing her communicating with the spirit world on many occasions to find out what evil demon had entered her body and caused a particular illness. There were also times when she entered into a trance-like state and animal cries came out of her mouth. Nomadic elements and spatial dislocation are very prominent in GAMA's works. While he now lives and works in Germany, the paintings still reflect his nomadic freewheeling and infinitely curious mindset. In his work, GAMA focuses on creating a three-dimensional space for his characters in the form of oil on canvas. However, he does not use illusionism to confuse the viewer between the painting and the real world; instead, he juxtaposes cultural and visual references, and emphasizes the texture of the work itself. In GAMA’s images, paint is piled up on the edges of irregular shapes as if it would fall off the canvas. In Manöver #2, the vast prairie and mountains are endless, while a massive cluster of mushrooms grows in the middle of the scene. The sky is broken by a simple lamp, presenting a hybrid of interior and exterior spaces; an ‘in-between’ space that appears often in the artist’s work. Born in 1984 in Fuxin, Northeast China, Siyuan Tan graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts with a BFA in sculpture and the Savannah College of Art and Design with an MA in sculpture. He currently works and lives in New York. Fuxin, the hometown where he lived as a child, was once the top energy city in Asia in terms of coal production, and people had to live in the city above ground as well as work in the mines underground. This dichotomy between positive and negative, between above and below in turn inspired his interest in spatial connections, not only physically but also in a spiritual sense. Related to this, the real world and the virtual ‘underworld’ are also important concepts in Siyuan Tan's work. Drawing from his Manchu heritage, he employs a series of elements from Manchu-Tibetan Buddhism and shamanic culture in this recent paintings, such as the unique spatial overlapping relationship found in Thangka paintings, and depictions of the “psychic eye”, connecting the earthly and spiritual realms. In Tan’s painted universe, enchantment coexists with roving tension, underscored by the artist’s kaleidoscopic color palette. In The Way, the Fuxi and Nvwa (the original gods who created humanity according to Chinese legend) are depicted with intertwined snake-like bodies, and are surrounded by Bagua, Taoist diagrams that represent the fundamental principles of reality and seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. The dynamic equilibrium between yin and yang, masculinity and femininity, and the symmetry of the images make Tan's work appear orderly and disciplined, while elements such as mist and vines interrupt the viewer's vision and imbue the paintings with a kinetic quality. Both GAMA and Siyuan Tan cast aside the restraints of religious ontology research and explore the relationship between shaman culture itself, which is highly symbolic and experimental in nature, and the works of the artists concerned from the perspective of contemporary art practice, although with contrasting results. And yet, upon closer inspection, there is a sense of movement and spatial ambiguity that the works share. When a shaman communicates with the spirit world, they travel between the actual world and the spirit world, and according to GAMA’s aunt, it is as if there are two doors connected by a passageway - this ‘middle space’ separates the world of our reality from the place where our souls reside. It is within this in-between space that both GAMA and Tan’s worlds seem to be situated as well.

Wu Jian'an

Infinite Labyrinth: New Works by Wu Jian’an

September 5, 2019 - September 28, 2019

Turn of the Century: Photography in China

June 27, 2019 - August 17, 2019


May 3, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Chambers Review II

May 3, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Taca Sui

Grotto Heavens

March 7, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Pixy Liao

Open Kimono

March 7, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Cao Yi, Li Qing, Yi Xin Tong, And Zhao Zhao


January 24, 2019 - March 2, 2019

Wang Gongyi

Winsor Blue

November 17, 2018 - January 19, 2019

Shang Yang

New Works

September 15, 2018 - October 10, 2018

Nadiah Bamadhaj


June 7, 2018 - August 19, 2018

Fu Xiaotong


June 7, 2018 - August 18, 2018

Yan Shanchun

West Lake II

April 19, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Past and Present

March 15, 2018 - April 14, 2018