We are so saddened by the tragic passing of Fatimah Sulaiman on 27 September. Our hearts go out to her family. Passionate, undaunted, generous, no-nonsense, she has been an inspiration. We are grateful to have had the privilege of her friendship and support over the years and will miss her very much. The art community loses a great champion.
Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 3: Infrastructures/Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia: Infrastruktur is finally out! After three years in the making, we launched the 444-page volume (512 pages for the BM), together with a Malaysia Art Map, at Segaris Art Centre at Publika on 15 March 2016.
Congratulations to the editorial team, which includes Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Rahel Joseph, Tengku Sabri Ibrahim and Yap Sau Bin, aside from Rachel Ng and Beverly Yong. We are very grateful to the many, many people who participated in this volume. Thank you to our benefactors, contributors and readers for their patience!
For launch pics please visit http://narrativesinmalaysianart.blogspot.my/.
The books are now out in the shops at a recommended price of RM45 per copy. You can find them at:
BORDERS – All Stores
Book Zone PENANG
Kinokuniya Bookstores, KL
MPH Bookstores – All Stores
Silverfishbooks Sdn Bhd
Times The Bookshop – All stores
You can also order online all three volumes (to date) of the NMA series from bookshop.gerakbudaya.comand www.rogueish.asia.
Over the coming months, we will be taking time to focus on completing Narratives in Malaysian Art Volume 3: Infrastructures and Volume 4: Perspectives. We look forward to letting you know launch details in due course.
Beverly will be abroad from 20 May 2015, and will be on leave from 10 August 2015. If you need to reach us, please contact Rachel or direct enquiries via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to our office number +60 16 3085037.
First off, a big congratulations to Adeline on her first ArtBasel HK show! (Adeline stepped down as a Director of RogueArt at the beginning of the year to take on the post of Asia Director at Art Basel).
We know we are terribly late with our blog post on my recent trip to Hong Kong and apologise to friends who have been waiting to see what I have to share. This year’s Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) was moved earlier in the calendar (from May to 14-18 March 2015) to allow art audiences (and art workers) a little bit of a breather before the Art Basel in June. But we know that some of the gallerists immediately went on to Art Dubai (18-21 March) after ABHK. I have to say I am impressed by their energy!!
This year’s trip was even more packed than usual with an additional art fair (Art Central) and more new galleries to check out. On top of that, Wong Chuk Hung (also known as South Island Art District) and Chai Wan Mei Art Districts held a number of late night events with open studios, gallery openings and workshops. The week was officially labeled Hong Kong Art week and indeed you had art – left, right and centre. Even the tram stations in Hong Kong island were used as ‘space’ for public art projects to create more visiblity.
Within 3 short days (and still fitting in four meals a day), I covered two art fairs (ABHK had 231 exhibitors, Art Central had 76 exhibitors), five gallery openings at Pedder Building and two others in the vicinity (de Sarthe and Pace), Yoshitomo Nara’s exhibition at Asia Society; The 3rd Annual Collector’s Contemporary Collaboration at HK Art Centre (featuring artworks from Taiwanese collectors), the opening of Para/Site’s new space at Quarry Bay (the new location is only a stone’s throw away from Quarry Bay MTR), and exhibitions at Wong Chuk Hung.
So, a reminder to myself for next year’s trip to ABHK16 (24-26 March 2016) is to plan for a longer stay in Hong Kong to enjoy the art at a less frantic pace and allow for a few leisurely meals with friends and colleagues in Hong Kong. RN
Yoshitomo Nara’s solo exhibition at Pace
Yoshitomo Nara’s dog sculptures scattered around the grounds to the exhibition hall at Asia Society
Really liked this painting by New Zealander Michael Zavros at Starkwhite, ABHK.
Tomio Koyama gallery showed a number of SEA artists, including this work by Indonesian Ucup and …
Shooshie Sulaiman flying the Malaysian flag at Tomio Koyama gallery at ABHK
Andreas Gursky’s “Spiderman” at White Cube ABHK
Shooshie Sulaiman was invited to participate in the public projects ABHK
Su-Yong Kim at ABHK.
Lots of minimalist work and grids this year…..
Sopheap Pich at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, ABHK.
Another Malaysian at ABHK is Yee I-Lann, showing with Silverlens.
Patricia Eustaquio at Silverlens, ABHK.
Cao Fei’s installation – part of the public art projects at ABHK.
Collectors at ABHK might not have found this amusing…
Eko Nugroho’s public art project at ABHK. Super cool!
Yoshitomo Nara (again) at Blum & Poe, ABHK.
Grayson Perry’s large embroidery at ABHK.
David Klamen’s blue paintings at Richard Gray gallery, ABHK.
Arman ‘School of Fish’ (produced in 1981), Paul Kasmin Gallery, ABHK.
Kishio Suga (works produced in 1986), Tokyo Gallery + Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, ABHK.
Interiorscapes by Robert Morris, Castelli Gallery, ABHK.
Malaysian J. Anu showing his installation of cushion covers with Wei-Ling Gallery, ABHK.
Loved this: Museums in a Gallery in a booth in an Art Fair! Miniature dioramas in glass eyeballs and spaghetti boxes! (seen here).
The miniature diorama inside the spaghetti box.
Institute of Intimate Museums by Kenji Sugiyama, Standing Pine (gallery), ABHK.
Works by Ryan Gander at STPI.
Drawing Room’s presentation of Mark Justiniani’s chapel and factory… ABHK.
How Handirwirman Saputra sees things never ceases to amaze me. A new painting at Nadi Gallery, ABHK.
Agus Suwage at Nadi Gallery.
Pinaree Santipak’s installation ‘Conversation in the Garden’ at Yavuz Gallery at ABHK.
One of the must sees at ABHK was this presentation by Yhonnie Scarce at Diane Tanzer Gallery + Projects, ABHK.
Zai Kuning’s bamboo installation ‘Dapunta Hyang’ (Transmission of Knwoledge) at the public art projects ABHK.
The only Jean-Michel Basquiat I saw at ABHK.
The Cultural Life of Wilson Shieh at osage, ABHK.
Yusra Martunus’s latest series curated by Enin Supryanto at Galeri Semarang, ABHK.
Atul Dodiya takes on some different subject matter – ‘Portaits of an Art Dealer’. Seen at Vadehra Gallery, ABHK.
Trending…work by Nuri Kuzucan at Edouard Malingue Gallery, ABHK.
The tent that was set up for Art Central at Harbour front for Art Central. It was a good 20 mins walk between the fairs. Thankfully it was cloudy and chilly.
One of the few public projects at Art Central.
Natee Utarit’s long narrative work seen at RKFA, Art Central.
The inside of Art Central.
Vincent Fournier’s ‘Post Natural History’ at La Galerie, Art Central.
Yoshitomo Nara’s stuffed dog shown by Kumquat Gallery, Art Central.
Annie Cabigting showing with FInale Art, Art Central.
Harland Miller’s limited edition prints (Ed. 40) at Other Criteria, Art Central.
A huge chinese ink painting presentation by artist Lan Zheng Hui at Ethan Cohen Gallery, Art Central.
SeA hive of activity: The Sovereign Art Foundation’s children art booth at Art Central.
Ahmad Zakii Anwar’s solo presentation at Galerie Huit, Art Central.
Old friends…. Works by Agus Suwage at the 3rd Annual Collector’s Contemporary Collaboration at Hong Kong Art Centre (HKAC).
Another old friend… Wong Hoy Cheong’s Chronicles of Crime series collected by a Taiwanese collector, shown at HKAC.
Para/Site’s new address in Quarry Bay is definately worth the move from Sheung Wan.
A photography work by Wong Wai Yin at the exhibition ‘A Hundred Years of Shame’, Para/Site.
Propaganda in children’s homework shown here at the same exhibition at Para/Site.
Art Stage Singapore seems to have established itself as that annual January event to kickstart the region’s art engine. If Art Stage itself met with mixed reviews, this year Singapore had a lot to offer outside the fair as well. Right now, there’s the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Finalists, ‘Still Moving’, and ‘Medium At Large’ exhibitions at Singapore Art Museum, a solo exhibition of Suzann Victor’s work from her residency at STPI, La Salle College of the Arts’ 30th Anniversary exhibition ‘Modern Love’, and a good collection of exhibitions at Artspace@Helutrans (Arndt, Galerie Steph, Ikkan, RK Fine Art). Goodman Arts Centre opened its studio doors for an open house; and of course, there was the very successful crowd-pulling ‘Art After Dark’ event at Gillman Barracks, which must have seen a record number of visitors this year – collectors were not pleased having to jostle with the masses, but the not-your-usual-art crowd queueing up to see Gilbert and George, Ding Yi and Rina Banerjee among other excitements, was pretty impressed! Bravo to the organisers – hopefully some of the traffic will keep trickling through to support the galleries at Gillman Barracks.
Two strong photography-based exhibitions we managed to catch were Nguan‘s ‘How Loneliness Goes’ at ION Art Gallery, and ‘A Tree With Too Many Branches’ by Ang Song Nian at DECK managed by 2902.
For Singapore, this is only the beginning, and doubtless we’ll find ourselves down there again this year. We’re looking forward to the opening of The National Gallery of Singapore slated for September/November this year as well as the next edition of Singapore Biennale.
ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2015
Yunizar’s ‘Lion’ at Gajah Gallery.
Chua Ek Kay’s landscape paintings at Gajah Gallery.
The best smelling booth in the fair… ‘Life on the Island’ by Wu Ming Xing and Huang Bo Chi presented by Yiri Art Gallery, Taipei.
The Wall Street Journal joins in the fun by having a stipple portrait photo booth at Art Stage.
Eddy Hara series of postcards at Nadi Gallery.
Run Amok presents Minstrel Kuik at their booth.
Chris Chong’s multi-channel video projection ‘HEAVENHELL’ presented in the SEA Platform.
‘STILL MOVING’ AT 8Q, SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Wawi Navarroza’s ‘Dominion’ work at Still Moving
Sarah Deges’ ‘Shoreline’ work from the Deutsche Bank Collection in the ‘Time Exposed’ section of the Still Moving exhibition.
Sopheap Pich’s rattan sculpture is suspended from the ceiling at Singapore Art Museum’s ‘Medium At Large’ exhibition.
APB FINALISTS EXHIBITION AT SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Ho Tzu Yen’s Phythagoras wins the APB Signature Prize award. The bottom part of the image above reveals the ‘wizard’ who orchestrated the entire projection/installation.
Arin Runjang’s Golden Tear Drops installation.
Melati Suryodarmo’s ‘I’m a ghost in my own house’ installation at the Glass Gallery. Melati’s performance of grinding charcoal for 12 hours non-stop won the APB Jurors Award.
EXHIBITIONS OPENINGS AT ARTSPACE@HELUTRANS
Galerie Steph at HT.
Naoko Tosa at Ikkan Art Gallery.
TeamLab’s new interactive video projection work “Moving Light, Roving Sight’ at Ikkan Art Gallery. Watch the video of the projection here.
Phuan Thai Meng’s artwork at Richard Koh Fine Art.
Left: Natee Utarit, Right: Agus Suwage, at Arndt’s anniversary show at HT
Gilbert and George were the highlight of Art Week, presented by Arndt at Art Stage (where they held a book-signing), HT and Gillman Barracks.
‘IMPRINT’ BY SUZANN VICTOR AT STPI
From the ‘Cloud’ series (paper pulp poured on layered polycarbonate sheets)
‘I was like that myself… we all held each other’s hands’
LA SALLE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS’ 30TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION ‘MODERN LOVE’
‘A TREE WITH TOO MANY BRANCHES’ BY ANG SONG NIAN AT DECK
NGUAN’S ‘HOW LONELINESS GOES’ AT ION ART GALLERY
‘ART AFTER DARK’ AT GILLMAN BARRACKS
‘A Study on Abstraction’ an exhibition presented by Mizuma Gallery.
The crowd at Gillman Barracks.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Hiroshi Senju. These works are made from acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper.
OPEN HOUSE AT GOODMAN ARTS CENTRE
A photograph by Ang Song Nian installed on one of the lift lobbies. The work is part of a curatorial exercise by Robert Zhao and Genevieve Chuah.
RogueArt was invited by Silverlens Galleries to curate Vincent Leong’s second solo exhibition in Singapore. For more information and enquiries on the exhibition, kindly contact Silverlens Galleries. Show continues until 23 November. Click here to see more of Vincent’s work at Silverlens.
It’s a great time to visit our National Visual Arts Gallery, with two blockbuster retrospectives (Long Thien Shih and Anuar Rashid) and a tight regional exhibition in the Reka Gallery (Immaterial Frontiers), including works by contemporary artists from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Long Thien Shih, Inverted Forms, 1970
Long Thien Shih, Earth, Water and Air, 1986
Long Thien Shih, Cattlya and Coconuts Airborne, 1992
A Solo Exhibition by Anurendra Jegadeva (J. Anu)
at Wei-Ling Gallery (Brickfields). The installation was shown earlier at Art Stage in Singapore this year, so it was an opportunity to those who was not at Art Stage to see this in Malaysia.
Exhibition closing soon!
Popped down to Singapore to catch Yee I-Lann’s Tabled exhibition – her first solo on the island, featuring new works that have been travelling around Europe. The show runs to 7 September – for better pictures, visit the gallery site.
Caught two big shows at Singapore Art Museum, Medium at Large and Sensorium 360 [degrees]. Medium at Large is a good opportunity to view some strong new works in the collection. You can download the exhibition guide from the website.