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2011.09.01 Thu, by Translated by: 宋京
Q&A with Massimo Torrigiani
The new director of SH Contemporary (The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair in Shanghai)

Massimo Torrigiani is the new director of SH Contemporary, Shanghai’s contemporary art fair (the 5th edition is due to open September 8-10). In addition to being the publisher forFantom magazine, he was previously the co-editor of international art magazine Boiler, and editor-in-chief of Italian style magazine Rodeo.

Chris Moore: What’s the future of art fairs?

Massimo Torrigiani: Marrying biennales.

CM: What’s the future of art books?

MT: Luminous; independent publishing has never been so lively.

CM: What new artist have you recently discovered?

MT: You want to get me into trouble: I shall say Maurizio Anzeri, who’s not represented by any of the galleries at SH Contemporary. An Italian who has lived in London all his adult life and embroiders old found photographs and builds sculptures made of hair (see photo).

CM: What irritates you?

TM: Know-it-alls: those who mistake quantity for quality, information for knowledge, their experience for essence.

CM: Are there any artists (or artwork) who have particularly irritated you lately?

MT: The reaction to Cattelan’s middle finger in Milan.

CM: Venice Biennale vs ArtBasel?

MT: Why choose when you can have both?

CM: Favorite restaurant in Shanghai to meet artists?

MT: Southern Barbarian on Jinxian Lu, near Maoming Nanlu.

CM: Favorite restaurant in Milan to take a Chinese artist?

MT: Da Giordano il Bolognese, in via Torti at the corner with Corso Genova.

CM: What are you reading?

TM: Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life; Anne Cheng’s Histoire de la pensée chinoise; Vincenzo Latronico’s La cospirazione delle Colombe, the new novel by a young Italian author who also writes about contemporary art for Domus magazine.

CM: What would you change?

TM: I would give a chance to Hitler’s fanciful artistic ambitions (if he was luckier as a painter he would have caused less damage as an artist than as a politician), abolish inheritance, the luxury tax and the word “luxury”: from each according to his desires, to each according to his needs