Cherry Xu
Curated Selection

Cherry Xu

Building an Ecology of Art

Driven by intuition and curiosity, Cherry Xu established Gallery Func in Shanghai last year with the view of bringing emerging Chinese artists to international audiences.

Since its opening, the gallery has hosted exhibitions spanning painting to digital media, including an 'emotional autonomous region' created by Shi Ruini and curated by Miao Zijin that invites participants to attend digital funerals and weddings as part of a blockchain reward system.

The gallery arose from Xu's focus on young and emerging artists within her own collection, which also includes a few established names. Among these is a painting by Ayako Rokkaku—the first work that Xu collected—that radiates a 'child-like carelessness and innocence' that has a 'special sense of vitality'.

Another favourite is Gregor Hildebrandt's D.O.LO.R.E.S. (2022), which features American actress Dolores Costello, known as 'the Goddess of the silent screen', during the era of silent movies. Hildebrandt uses pop music cassette tapes to render her collage portrait, which 'teems with his signature sensitivity and romance,' says Xu.

Other artists that Xu is keeping her eye on include Louise Giovanelli, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, and Su Yu-Xin, but she asserts that the key is to keep an open mind. 'The magic of art lies in all the surprises it constantly brings. Good art often pops up when you least expect it.'

This sense of surprise translates to her vision for Gallery Func, and the desire to provide audiences in Shanghai with unexpected experiences, bringing forward new perspectives and ways of understanding the world. Through the gallery platform, she hopes to build an ecology of art, comprising young and aspiring artists, as well as gallery owners, artists, curators and collectors.

Below, Xu selects a few of her favourite works on view on Ocula.


Untitled (after Christoffer Eckersberg) by Ewa Juszkiewicz contemporary artwork painting
Ewa Juszkiewicz Untitled (after Christoffer Eckersberg), 2019 Oil on canvas
78.7 x 58.4 cm
Almine Rech
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Margot by Sarah Lucas contemporary artwork sculpture
Sarah Lucas Margot, 2015 Plaster, cigarette, freezer
116 x 202 x 87 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
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Wonderland-Lolita No. 2 by Ma Qiusha contemporary artwork sculpture
Ma Qiusha Wonderland-Lolita No. 2, 2018 Cement, nylon stocking, plywood, resin, steel
122.5 x 82 cm
Beijing Commune
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The Green Magic On The Wall by Mehdi Ghadyanloo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Mehdi Ghadyanloo The Green Magic On The Wall, 2021 Oil and acylic on canvas
120 x 120 cm
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Brooks Kasten / Brooks shelf by Gregor Hildebrandt contemporary artwork painting
Gregor Hildebrandt Brooks Kasten / Brooks shelf, 2022 Inkjet print, plastic cases, and inlays in wooden case
160 x 112 cm
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Late Classical XVII by Anicka Yi contemporary artwork sculpture
Anicka Yi Late Classical XVII, 2022 Tempura fried flowers, resin, plexiglas, stainless steel shelves, chrome plated dumbbells
121.9 x 81.3 x 25.4 cm
Gladstone Gallery
Wild Intervention by Genesis Belanger contemporary artwork sculpture
Genesis Belanger Wild Intervention, 2021 Stoneware, powder coated steel, concrete
107 x 102 x 82 cm
silver blue mountain by Ugo Rondinone contemporary artwork sculpture
Ugo Rondinone silver blue mountain, 2015 Painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
160.5 x 70 x 42 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
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Blossom (extra dirty, two olives) by Emma Stern contemporary artwork painting
Emma Stern Blossom (extra dirty, two olives), 2021 Oil on canvas
182.9 x 147.3 cm
Almine Rech
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