'Shanghai' is a photograph made in 2000. The copy 4/6 in c-print on Plexiglas 302 x 207 cm in an artist's frame was sold for £ 290K including premium by Sotheby's in London on 25 June 2009. It is listed again in the same auction room on July 1, lot 49 estimated £ 400K.
The artwork expresses the atmosphere of a new international hotel. The features are generally similar from one hotel to another in the same group for not disturbing the customers, but the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai is remarkable in its excess: it fills the upper 36 floors in a tower which totals 88.
The hollow atrium is the subject of this image, in a composition of perfect symmetry. It provides a vertical view of an immensity that can be compared with the Rhein realized by the artist in landscape format in 1996 and 1999.
The impression of perspective, which is perfect, is in fact the result of the rigorous geometric assembly of many elementary photographs taken from different levels. Some characters scattered between various floors are crushed by the grandeur created to serve them.