Art Stage Singapore 2016
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A Peek Into the Fair Highlights
Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, returned on 21 through 24 January 2016 (Vernissage on 20 January) with a bold new vision for contemporary art from the region. In today’s dramatically changing art world, the Fair’s sixth edition continued to be innovative in market development by matchmaking segmented regional markets and encouraging dialogues about contemporary art. Through its latest programme, Art Stage Singapore referenced the Roman forum or the agora of ancient Greece, thus positioning the Fair as an intersection that facilitated not merely the exchange of art, but also of ideas.
In its 2016 edition, Art Stage Singapore introduced the Southeast Asia Forum, a thematic programme that drew attention to contemporary art’s significant place in the blueprint of modern society and the central role the artist plays in the context of Southeast Asia.
An extension of the Southeast Asia Platform exhibitioned at the Fair from 2014 to 2015, the Forum aimed to emphasise the balance between art, commerce and content by taking discussions beyond the artistic and into larger society.
The inaugural Southeast Asia Forum was titled Seismograph: Sensing the City – Art In the Urban Age. Comprising two symbiotic parts – an exhibition and a talk series, it was centred on the theme of urbanization and explored the role of artists as seismographs of society’s pulses.
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Exhibitor Highlights and Leading Galleries at the Fair
Art Stage Singapore 2016 presented a diverse range of carefully selected galleries from across Asia and the world, featuring 170 galleries from 33 countries and 30 global cities. In line with Art Stage Singapore’s strong Asian identity, there was a strong showing of 75 percent Asia-based galleries at Art Stage Singapore 2016.
Notable regional artists who presented works at the fair included David Chan (presented by Arts Seasons Gallery) and Jane Lee (presented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery) from Singapore, Shooshie Sulaiman (presented by Tomio Koyama Gallery) and Ali
Nurazmal Yusoff (presented by Core Design Gallery) from Malaysia, Mujahidin Nurrahman (presented by Lawangwangi), Kinez Riza (presented by D Gallerie) and Syagini Ratna Wulan (presented by ROH Projects) from Indonesia and Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan (presented by Art Front Gallery), Ronald Ventura (presented by Primo Marella Gallery) and Raybeet Ramos (presented by Galerie Stephanie) from the Philippines.
Notable public artworks on the Fairground featured, Dada on Tour (presented by Bruno Art Group) , a multimedia installation celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dadaism in 2016. Visitors to Art Stage Singapore 2016 were welcomed by the entrance artwork by Thai artist Ploenchan Vinyaratn (Mook) titled Nestscape (presented by Serindia
Gallery) executed in her signature style of using handwoven textiles.executed in her signature style of using handwoven textiles.
Other public artworks included a wooden sculpture specially created for the Fair by prominent postwar Spanish artist Manolo Valdés (presented by Galerie Forsblom); a 3-metre ceramic sculpture by Taiwanese artist Hsu Yung-Hsu titled 2011-17 (presented by Double Square Gallery); and Thai artist Anon Pairot’s whimsical Sweet Words #HAPPY, LOVE, LIFE, FAITH (presented by Numthong Gallery).
Additional public artworks were presented by Opera Gallery, ARNDT, Pearl Lam Galleries, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, The Art Fellas, Leo Gallery, Mark Hachem and Yavuz Gallery.
As Art Stage Singapore is the meeting point for international art collectors and art professionals, high-profile visitors to the 2016 Fair included Simon de Pury, Rem Koolhaas, and Lu Xun.
In 2016, Art Stage Singapore debuted CATALYST, a new annual Fair publication, as well as an indispensable reference guide for galleries, art collectors and industry professionals. The core component of CATALYST was its Market Reports, a section featuring country-specific market reports independently written by acclaimed art researchers and writers that provide insights into the Asian art market.
CATALYST also presented a curated selection of specially commissioned essays, interviews, profiles and event highlights, underscoring Art Stage Singapore’s active role in the Asian and Southeast Asian art scenes.
Art Stage Singapore 2016 was the anchor event of the Singapore Art Week and took place from 21 to 24 January 2016 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Strategic Partners of Art Stage Singapore 2016 included Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Tourism Board (STB), National Arts Council (NAC), the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and the new National Gallery Singapore, with Official VIP Lounge Designer ASYLUM, Partner Artsy.net and My Art Guide, among others.