Art Stage Singapore is Asia’s premier international art fair. It is a rendezvous point for the movers and shakers of the Asian Art market. Focused on quality through stringent selection, it provides an avenue for dynamic dialogue between collectors, artists, curators, galleries and art aficionados. Art Stage embraces Singapore’s unique position as a bridge between the East and the West in a celebration of both emerging new regional artists and international superstar names.
In 2012, Art Stage Singapore (ArtSS12) will be held on 12 to 15 January at the Marina Bay Sands Convention and Exhibition Centre. With over 100 galleries exhibiting, there will also be a lecture series featuring renowned art industry professionals, various fringe programmes, and art-centred activities over the four fair days.
Image above: Tabaimo’s ‘Midnight Sea’
Art Stage Singapore 2012
Numerous galleries host events alongside Art Stage before and after the fair. Here are four events to check out on the side picked by the Wall Street Journal:
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize: Taking place just four levels above Art Stage, this event features pieces from 50 Asia-based finalists, including Ben McMillan, a Beijing-based photographer who has shot for Vanity Fair and the New York Times, and Lim Shing Ee, a Japan-based Singaporean known for her whimsical art. (Jan. 10 to 13)
In House Adoption: New Delhi-based artist Mithu Sen’s pieces are known for their sexual overtones. She created more than 30 pieces of work, ranging from photo collages to watercolor paintings on handmade paper, for her first Singapore show. While five of them will be shown at Nature Morte’s Art Stage booth, the bulk of Ms. Sen’s collection is located at local gallery Galerie Steph. (Jan. 10 to Feb. 25)
World Hug Day: In 2000, the Gao Brothers initiated World Hug Day in the Chinese province of Shandong and have since held “performances” of it all over the world. In this performance-art installation, hosted by Vue Privée, audience members are invited to hug a stranger for 15 minutes before gathering en-masse for a group hug. (Jan. 14)
Chimera: This event, which is organized by the government-affiliated Singapore Art Museum, is a showcase of work drawn from private art collections around the world. The artists include Yayoi Kusama, Rashid Rana and Takashi Murakami, whose “Snow Moon Flower” triptych sold for $2.2 million at Art Stage last year. (Jan. 14 to March 25)
Art Stage Singapore 2011
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