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.
Art Basel in Hong Kong was held last week from 15-18 May 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) with numerous parallel events. We kicked off our art week in Hong Kong on Tuesday (13 May) with a quick visit to Hong Kong Art Centre’s Second Contemporary Collectors exhibition Passion/Possession featuring works from 10 Indonesian collectors curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong and ended our evening with Art Gallery Night (in the Central and Sheung Wan area). After the Art Basel Vernissage it was followed up by a post party event at Absolut Art Bar with Ming Wong’s performance inside Nadim Hassan’s Apocalypse Postponed installation on Wednesday. Thursday night was Wong Chuk Hung Art Night (gallery hopping in the Aberdeen area), and the artists and designers who live and work in Chai Wan opened their doors to the public for Chai Wan Mei Open Studios on Friday and the weekend. While there were many day events at the fair – with talks and workshops organised by Art Basel, but we attended Asia Art Archive Brunch & Talk by Wong Hoy Cheong on ‘Rage, Hope and Love: Working with Communities & Housing’, followed by a visit to Para/Site‘s exhibition ‘Ten Millions Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong’, and finally Xu Bing’s ‘It Begins with Metamorphosis‘ exhibition at The Asia Society Museum.
Agus Suwage’s work at the Passion/Possesion exhibition at HKAC.
‘Lazy Chair’ by Yuli Prayitno at the Passion/Possesion exhibition at HKAC.
Da Xian: Doomsday by Huang Yong Ping at the Passion/Possesion exhibition at HKAC.
Gu Wenda’s installation at the ‘Discoveries’ section in Art Basel HK.
Yee I-Lann’s ‘Picturing Power’ series finally gets a proper debut in Asia at Silverlens’ booth at the fair after having exhibited the series in Europe and America.
Ai Wei Wei’s Freedom bicycle installation at Art Basel Hong Kong.
Agus Suwage’s latest series using watercolour, presented by Nadi Gallery at Art Basel HK.
FX Harsono’s latest series ‘The further we go, the less we understand’ presented by Galeri Canna at Art Basel HK.
Yang Yongliang’s latest series of work are all video based works. On closer look the typical ‘Chinese Landscapes’ are made up of urban architecture.
Grayson Perry ‘Map of Truth and Beliefs’ (2011) at Art Basel HK.
One of the miniature works by Lam Yau-sum presented by Grotto Fine Art that specialises in contemporary Hong Kong art.
Rudi Mantofani’s latest series ‘Space-Scape’ by Galeri Semarang.
Detail of the work on MH 370 by Chinese artist Qiu Zhi Jie in one one of the booths in Art Basel HK.
A work on MH 370 by Chinese artist Qiu Zhi Jie in one one of the booths in Art Basel HK.
Li Wen had a solo presentation by iPreciation at the fair.
Ming Wong performing at Absolut Art Bar
Albert Yonathan Setyawan at Yallay + Isabel van den Eynde Gallery in Aberdeen area.
Detail look at Albert Yonathan Setyawan at Yallay + Isabel van den Eynde Gallery in Aberdeen area.
Eko Nugroho’s Wayang Kulit puppets at Yallay + Isabel van den Eynde Gallery in Aberdeen area.
Hou Chun-ming’s Crimes and Punishment in Hong Kong (1996) series of mimeographs presented in Para/Site’s exhibition at Sheung Wan Civic Centre.
The exhibition ‘A Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong’ by Para/Site’s exhibition at Sheung Wan Civic Centre.
The exhibition ‘A Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong’ by Para/Site’s exhibition at Sheung Wan Civic Centre.
A re-contruction of Xu Bing’s work room, part of the exhibition at Asia Society.
Xu Bing’s ‘Background Story’ (2014) made from natural debris in a lightbox.
The back of the artwork ‘Background Story’.
The original artwork by Wang Jian ‘Landscape in the Style of Xu Daoning’ that was replicated by Xu Bing in the form of lightbox and natural debris.
The 4th Singapore Biennale: If The World Changed. 27 curators, 82 artists and collectives from 13, predominantly from Southeast Asia, at Singapore Art Museum, 8Q, the National Museum and the Peranakan Museum. Go to the Biennale website.
We caught the Biennale in parts during opening week… apologies for the limited pics…
Anggun Priambodo, at the entrance of 8Q
Adrian Ho ‘Fruits of Life, Full Production’ (Malaysia) exhibited at SAM
Toni Kanwa (IND) at SAM
Nasirun, Between Worlds, at SAM
There was an awful lot going on that week.
At Gilman Barracks:
Arin Rungjang at Future Perfect
Shooshie Sulaiman at Tomio Koyama Gallery
At NUS Museum:
Charles Lim’s Search of Raffles Light exhibition at NUS Museum
Michael Lee’s installation at NUS Museum
‘Lost to the Future : Contemporary Art from Central Asia’, curated by Charles Merewether at ICAS
Lost to the Future at ICAS
At Sculpture Square:
Lee Wen’s performance in the courtyard of Sculpture Square
[caption id="attachment_3030" align="aligncenter" width="667"] Loo Zihan, Ray Langenbach’s Archive, at Ghost: The Body at the Turn of the Century
High season in Jogja the weekend of 6th July, with a slew of visitors from Jakarta, Singapore, KL and beyond. artJOG this year is curated by Bambang Toko, with “Marine Culture” as its theme. FX Harsono is showing a major body of new installations at Jogja National Museum. Adeline and Mella Jaarsma co-curated Dobrak! as part of Cemeti Art House’s Turning Targets 25th Anniversary programme, working with 5 pairings of artists and specialist academics and researches exploring collaborative approaches. Ark Galerie has moved to Jogja from Jakarta, just down the road from Langgeng Art Foundation. And I finally visited Sarang – a stunning residency setting and project site for “Office of Contemporary Art”. (BY)
KUOTA#4 – Kepingan curated by Hendro Wiyanto, at Langgeng Art Foundation
Aminudin TH Siregar, Seri Seni Rupa Idiot (detail)
Iwan Effendi & Paper Moon commission outside the cladded walls of TBY on artJOG opening night
Jumaldi Alfi at artJOG
Eddie Prabandono at artJOG
Heri Dono at artJOG
Iswanto Hartono & Aryo Danusiri, Kitmir Live from Heaven at Dobrak, Cemeti Art House
Ade Damarwan & Nuraini Juliastuti at Dobrak, Cemeti Art House
Ark Galerie, showing Jompet and Wimo in a group exhibition
It’s been such a manic end of year, we’ve barely had a moment to blog. So before we step into 2013, a few highlights and events from the past couple of months:
Niti Wattuya, On the Way to Phu Ruea, 2012
1-29 December Euphoriaat Numthong Gallery at Aree – breathtaking landscape paintings by Niti Wattuya, some stretching to six metres.
Ise and GOMA Bistro executive chef Josh Lopez prepare Sira Pisang for a hungry breakfast crowd
Phuan Thai Meng, The Luring of [ ], 2012
8 December-14 April (2013) The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)at GOMA and QAG Brisbane – we finally made it to APT, now 20 years old, and were glad we did. Many happy reunions with old friends at the opening, and a generally laid-back experience with interesting sights and sounds. We especially enjoyed Kids APT!
1 December VWFA closing party – we bid a sad final farewell to Valentine Willie Fine Art and the Bangsar gallery.
Sakarin Krue-On, Manorah and Best Friends of the Snake, 2010 (video)
Thai Manuscript Book, Rattanakosin Period (c. 1911-1946)
Prasit Wichaya, Nostalgia, 2012
26 October-6 January Thai Transienceat Singapore Art Museum – last chance to catch this wonderful exhibition of contemporary and traditional art works and objects from Thailand, curated by Apinan Poshyananda, organised as part of Thai CulturalFest.
2 November-5 December Milenko Prvacki: A Survey, 1979 – 2012 at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS) – Charles Merewether in his notes to the exhibition describes Milenko Prvacki as “one of the most important painters today” and indeed, this exhibition truly showed there to be a giant among us.
Snow Ng in front of Liew Kwai Fei, 这里 Gotong 那里 Royong | 2012
1-20 November at TAKSU KLNo Talking Points – it was refreshing, in this time of quick fixes, to come across this quietly, carefully thought-out exhibition of challenging paintings and objects by a generation of Pinoy artists of true mettle, including Bernardo Pacquing, Cris Villanueva Jr, Elaine Navas, Hubert San Juan, Juan Alacazaren, Nilo Ilarde, Pete Jimenez, and the younger Lyle Buencamino.
Bayu with Shahnim Safian, Co-Director of MARS at the opening of Transit A4/soft launch of MARS
A very big congratulations to MARS (Malaysian Art Archive and Research Support), which was launched at HOM over the weekend. Initiated by Bayu Utomo Radjikin and Nur Hanim Khairuddin, MARS is planned as a “nonprofit research support center that compiles, preserves, and archives mainly printed materials related to Malaysian visual and fine arts intended for the consumption of researchers, students, and interested parties” (HOM website). The fundraising exhibition Transit A4 at HOM brought together 77 Malaysian artists and this made for a raucous launch crowd. It’s the beginning of something beautiful!
MARS site in Ampang
SEARCH Library - W.I.P.
Meanwhile, back at the RogueArt ranch, our more modest SEARCH Library is slowly taking shape – made up of our own collection of SEA publications and the loan of regional titles from the VK Collection, we hope to have it open by appointment by December. It’s very exciting to be part of a wider push for better research, documentation and access, and we look forward to linking up with MARS and other regional resource sites in the near future.
It was with a huge sigh of relief that we launched the first volumes of Narratives in Malaysian Art and Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia. We’d spent the evening before wringing hands and biting nails… (read the full posting here)
We are launching Narratives in Malaysian Art, Volume I: Imagining Identities this Saturday, 7th July 2012 at the National Visual Arts Gallery at 10am. Please join us at the event and support this publication! Buy Volume I : Imagining Identities at the launch and you will receive a free copy of An A-Z Guide to Malaysian Art.
For those of you who won’t be able to join us at the launch but would like to purchase a copy of the book, please note that NMA Vol. I will be sold at RM 35 per copy and can be found at selected bookstores in the coming weeks. Please contact us here if you would like to order a copy of NMA Vol. 1 or need further information about the publication project.
The launch will be held at:
at Level 1, National Visuals Art Gallery
2, Jalan Temerloh
Off Jalan Tun Razak
53200 Kuala Lumpur
Apologies for yet another belated post. Still trying to clear a backlog of posts from our trips during the first quarter of 2012.
Below are pictures from our day at Alserkal Avenue during our (first ever) visit to Dubai for Art Dubai which was held at Madinat Jumeirah in March. Located in Al Quoz, an area of warehouse spaces, Alserkal Avenue is Dubai’s art hub which plays home to 10 art galleries and a private museum, offices for graphic designers, fashion design and photography.
We were very impressed by the way in which each gallery has transformed the warehouse space and made it their own. A number of exhibitions were organised by galleries at Alserkal Avenue to coincide with Art Dubai. We particularly enjoyed the humour and irreverence of “I Put It There, You Name It” by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hasem Rahmanian at Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde’s. For this exhibition, the Haerizadeh brothers and their childhood friend Hasem Rahmanian decided to do away with the typical white cube setting of exhibition spaces and transformed the gallery into replica’s of their Dubai house, studio and garden. Here artworks mingle with astro turf, ordinary functional objects, food, overflowing ashtrays as well as artworks (by other artists) and paraphernalia from the trio’s personal collection, blurring the boundaries between production and authorship, art and its interplay with its surroundings.
The "anteroom" at Isabelle Van Den Eynde
The dining area
Another groovy room with astro turf on the floor!
Detail of the large scale collages on the wall
This was the third Elizabeth Taylor image we saw at Alserkal Avenue. The Arab world clearly has a thing for her!
‘The Samawi Collection II’, an exhibition featuring over 60 photography and new media works from the private collections of Khaled and Hisham Samawi at Ayyam Art Center
A selection of works at Ayyam Art Center
A detail of "Fragile Future III" (2010) by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta made with dandelion seeds, LED and plexiglass at Ayyam Art Center
"Void Platform" (2011) by Chul-Hyun Anh at Ayyam Art Center
Shelter Dubai offers free community workspace for meetings, talks etc
Ehsan Ul Huq's "The Rooster" (2011) from the exhibition "The Truth of the Matter" with Iqra Tanveer at Grey Noise
Gulf Photo Plus showing David Burnett's portraits of Bob Marley in "Soul Rebel"
The art bus which shuttled guests between Art Dubai and Alserkal Avenue