October 20, 2015


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Punk Puppets And A Staying Healthy
Chief Editor, Publisher and Art Collector, Shanghai

It’s vital, especially in the art world, to dress for the job you want. That is exactly what Kelly Wang aims to achieve, dressing in a style that is comfortable yet elegant to give out a strong personality in this tough industry. Kelly Wang is the chief editor and publisher of multiple magazines, an international renowned producer of cross-media projects and an art collector; and she is still in her prime.

In 2010, she was nominated as Outstanding Young President by the State Council of People’s Republic of China during her visit to New Zealand. Three years later, Wang established “Kelly Studio” in Shanghai and started to serve as the chairman of Lian Cultural Development Co Ltd. Subsequently, she founded “Wander Mook” in 2014, an entertaining lifestyle guide for the elites and, then LIAN Contemporary Art Space in Shanghai in the consecutive year, dedicated to promoting a healthy development of contemporary art and cultural communications.

In this style talk, Kelly reveals her ideal perfect art world gentleman, how music is her ultimate beauty secret and her new project involving steam punk puppets.

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What does your ideal working outfit look like?
Simple and comfortable: a style that suits me personally and my role as chief editor – a style with a strong personality.

What’s best: heels or flats? Which brand or style?
I used to love high-heels. I thought they were sexy and elegant – a must-have for ladies. But now I prefer flats, except for special occasions. I put more emphasis on health issues now.
Favourite brands include Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Sergio Rossi and Lanvin.

What’s your favorite art-related blog or app?
I have interests in most art-related things, but I’m not too dependent on them. It’s hard to pick specific ones.

What was the last thing you bought and loved?
Emerald earrings.

What is/are your personal style signifier(s)/identifier(s)?
I’ve been using Pure Poison perfume non-stop since Dior launched it. I like feminine stances, and I am quite particular about clothes that are too focused on depicting sexiness. I prefer a relatively natural and elegant look.

What’s your necessary extravagance?
I drink water and milk; eat the healthiest food ingredients in order to keep up a healthy life. The second thing are artworks, I can’t live without them. I would collect from all around the world. I think it is an extravagant thing to enjoy, appreciate and to love, like an instinct.

Three things/products you always need to have in your purse?
Car keys, bankcards and lipsticks.

What’s your ultimate beauty secret after long working hours?
For me, getting enough sleep is the most important. Secondly I love music. I started learning how to dance, play the piano, and sing since my childhood. I would listen to music whenever I felt upset. Music still exists in my life. It always puts me in a good mood and makes me enthused. Furthermore, I go for the best kind of spa once a week.

What’s/are your favourite work(s) of art?
I like each piece in my art collection. This is an interesting question for me; the media have asked me about it. I am a young collector and have collected for 8 years. I really appreciate rigorous artists. Their outlooks impress me.

What in the art world are you most excited about at the moment?
The art world is abundant and bottomless. A person’s excitement and aesthetics match with his/her social role, and relate to his/her conception of the world, educational background, and social environment. My excitement is that I feel art is everywhere when I travel around the world. Art gives me eyes to appreciate beauty; even wasted wood or broken glass accidently found on the floor are beautiful. Loving art makes me in awe of everything.

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Most sexiest art person?
In my mind, I think everyone should have a sexy side. Actually, my favorite word is “sexy”. I always use it to describe things and people. To be more specific, I love Italy and Italian culture, and Angelina Jolie. I think this kind of sexiness is not only about appearance, but also a projection from our inner side including a loving heart. I know Angelina Jolie is the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations. It’s love that makes her sexy.

Where are you off to next?
This is a very good question, since I haven’t been out on vacation for months. I sponsored artists’ special projects for this year’s Venice Biennale, and I also got an invitation from Frieze London, but I didn’t have time to attend them. Right now, I am working as a producer on a steam-punk-themed puppet show. Our team might be invited to New York.

Where is your next art trip/travel going to be?
Currently, I would love to go on a vacation to Sicily and Prague.

In your eyes: what is the most arty city?
Havana and Florence.

Someone you have in mind to call the perfect artworld gentlemen?
I am quite lucky that most men I meet in life and work are gentlemen. It may relate to my role and environment. However, I haven’t found a perfect man yet. Perhaps, life gets true because of its imperfection. Also, there are many different types of definitions of perfect. I appreciate people’s brilliant talents especially those who inspire me. Speaking of “gentle”, no matter man or woman, I like those who are quiet and can express themselves eloquently. I admire men who can speak true and natural words, with simple yet frank attitudes corresponding to the outside world – they can be called gentlemen.

Which artists should we have on our watchlist?
Zhang Xiaogang, Anselm Kiefer, Maleonn Ma, Berndnaut Smilde etc.

Photos: by Kelly Wang and LIAN team