Singapore Art Week showcases a thriving cultural hub - Art Collector

Nguyen Oanh Phi Phi, Specula, 2009. Vietnamese lacquer on epoxy and fibreglass composite with iron frame, installation view, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist, Matthew Dakin and Singapore Biennale

16 January 2014 | The second Singapore Art Week is in full swing, with over 70 innovative and exciting events showcasing the dynamism of the Singapore art scene. Art fairs, gallery launches, pop up exhibitions, collector talks, art awards and more are all on offer.

Pearl Lam Galleries will make their first mark on the Singapore art scene with an internationally drawn group exhibition curated by Philip Dodd. Titled
Where Does It All Begin? Contemporary Abstract Art in Asia and the West, this inaugural exhibition will explore and possibly refute the myth that contemporary Asian art is dependent on Western and simultaneously celebrate the complex dialogue between Asia and the west. With galleries in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Pearl Lam Galleries is the latest addition in the Gillman Barracks complex which is already home to 16 leading commercial galleries. All new exhibitions have been launched at Gillman Barracks to coincide with Singapore Art Week.

The Bras Basah and Bugis districts are other hubs in the Singapore art scene. 18 galleries and institutions in the area will be showcasing a variety of exhibitions this week. This includes the Singapore Biennale, which is being held in multiple venues including the Singapore Art Museum and the National Musuem of Singapore. The inaugural Prudential Eye Awards is also being held in the Bras Basah district. Established with the support of Saatchi Gallery, awards will be offered across multiple categories. Nominees include Ben Quilty, Eric Bridgeman, Fiona Lowry, Baden Pailthorpe, Tony Garifalakis and Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot.
Art Collector will be at the award ceremony, so stay tuned to find out the winners.

Zhu Jinshi, Wooden Stick, 2013. Oil on canvas, 140 x 160cm. Courtesy: the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore

And of course, there is Art Stage Singapore, being held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre until 19 January 2014. Now in its fourth edition, this year's fair showcases over 158 galleries, with 75% based in the Asia-Pacific.

While no New Zealand galleries are participating in Art Stage Singapore 2014, there is a strong Australian contingent. Seven Australian galleries are exhibiting: Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne; Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne; Mossenson Galleries, Perth; Art Collective WA, Perth; Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney; Brenda May Gallery, Sydney and James Makin Gallery, Melbourne.

In addition, six Australian artists are exhibiting in the inaugural Australia Platform, curated by Aaron Seeto. They are:

  • Peter Alwast (represented by Gallery 9, Sydney)
  • Sam Jinks (represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney)
  • Juz Kitson (represented by Gagprojects, Adelaide)
  • Jasper Knight & Isabelle Toland (represented by Chalk Horse, Sydney)
  • Samuel Quinteros (represented by Galerie Pompom, Sydney)
  • Khaled Sabsabi (represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane)

The other regional Platforms at Art Stage Singapore 2014 are Central Asia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia. As an official media partner, Art Collector is also at the fair - swing by our booth to grab a free copy of our January-March issue and our special Art Stage Singapore mini mag.

With the scale and strength of Art Stage Singapore alongside the dynamic program of events across the city's art precincts, Singapore Art Week promises to be a genuine treat for all art enthusiasts. Singapore Art Week runs until 19 January 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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