Upon returning to Shanghai, Lily Lee and Jeffrey Lee established Longmen Art Projects, a brand new art gallery, offering various artworks of excellent quality and provenance, as well as providing art consulting and management services. Longmen Art Projects was first launched in Sinan Mansions, within the elegant and flowering French Concession area erected in the 1930s.
Longmen Art Projects will advance on its solid foundation in 20th Century modern Chinese art, inherited from Taiwan’s Lung Men Art Gallery period and march toward 21st Century Asian contemporary art. Lily Lee will be in charge of art consulting, art estate management, and modern art business, while Jeffrey Lee will lead his team into the exciting realm of Asian contemporary art.
October 2013 marked the 3-year anniversary of the establishment of Shanghai Longmen Art Projects, and with the success and growth of our business, Longmen Art Projects relocated to the heart of Shanghai's cultural epicenter - Tian An Centre, No. 338 Nanjing West Road, a modern office tower adjacent to People’s Park, home for the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater, and Museum of Contermporsry Art (MoCA).
A contrast to the salon-style Sinan Mansions venue (2010-2013), Longmen Art Projects' new gallery space is divided into three distinct sections: Walasse Ting Gallery & Archives, Contemporary Gallery, and Gallery of Represented Artists. All three spaces are connected; yet offer the ability to present separate, independent shows of modern and contemporary art, allowing Longmen Art Projects to elevate to higher levels of art management through its three new exhibition spaces and take part in the cultural development of this area (which began decades ago) by creating a more direct link between contemporary life in the bustling metropolis and Shanghai's unique cultural landscape.
Operating through China’s art market adjustment period during 2010-2016, Longmen Art Projects maintained a stable and steady presence in Shanghai; carefully managing not only the Estate of Walasse Ting, but also representing contemporary artists committed to pursuing their creations such as YE Yongqing, HUANG Chih-Yang, LI Lei, GAO Huijun, HE Sen, LIN Hairong, HAN Yajuan, LUO Dan, etc. Through various prominent solo exhibitions, Longmen Art Projects consistently promoted artists in the primary market while exploring and developing relevant opportunities within the art market, all the while offering sound advice for several prominent art collections in the modern and contemporary Asian art market.