Art Stage Jakarta announces the winners for its inaugural art award.
With the art fair in full swing on 12 August, Art Stage Jakarta announced the winners of the inaugural Indonesian Art Award. Art Radar highlights a few of the winners.
On 12 August 2017 Art Stage Jakarta, organiser of the Award for Authenticity, Leadership, Excellence, Quality, Seriousness in Art, congratulated winners, selected from a shortlist of nominees for the 13 Award categories. 2017 marks the inaugural edition of the Award, which recognises the significant players across the spectrum of Indonesia’s art scene. The winners are:
- Melati Suryodarmo (Best Artist)
- Aditya Novali (Best Young Artist)
- Enin Supriyanto (Best Curator)
- Grace Samboh (Best Young Curator)
- ROH Projects (Best Gallery and Best Young Gallery)
- Indonesian Visual Art Archive IVAA (Best Art Institution)
- 17/71: Goresan Juang Kemerdekaan Pameran Koleksi Seni Rupa Istana Kepresidenan Republik Indonesia (Best Exhibition)
- Haryanto Adikoesoemo (Best Collector)
- Tom Tandio (Best Young Collector)
- Martin Suryajaya (Best Art Publication)
- Jim Supangkat (Life Achievement Award)
- Jatiwangi Art Factory (Bhinneka Award)
All winners received a trophy specially created by Indonesian artist Handiwirman Saputra at the gala ceremony that was attended by the who’s who of the Indonesian art world.
1. Tom Tandio (Best Young Collector)
Tom Tandio was reportedly introduced to contemporary art collecting in 2007 by his sister-in-law, who taught him about the value and collection of Chinese contemporary art. Over the years he has shifted his scope to Southeast Asian art, with a recent focus on Indonesian artists. Tandio has a background in finance and business, but since his collection of contemporary art began to bloom, the businessman has taken on a more active role in arts and culture organising: he recently took up a position on the board of the Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta, he launched IndoArtNow.com (an online platform archiving works by contemporary Indonesian artists), and he currently serves as President of the Board of Young Collectors for the Art Stage Jakarta art fair.
2. Grace Samboh (Best Young Curator)
Grace Samboh began her career in the arts as part of ruangrupa, an artist collective based in Jakarta. In 2009, Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) commissioned her to curate the 21 Years Retrospective of Jogja Biennale as one of the archive-based shows at the Jogja Biennale IX – Jogja Jamming (2009). Samboh now has extensive experience as an arts manager and director with a strong politicised curatorial vision, having served as Executive Director and Curator at the Langgeng Art Foundation where she curated ten exhibitions between 2010–12. In 2011 she co-founded a closed-group discussion forum, Hyphen, which sought to critically analyse Indonesian art history in the 20th century. Since then her work has taken an archival turn, producing a number of exhibtions about past art practices that critically analyse the conceptual problems of archive, national history and radical politics. A particular focus of this has been on Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru Indonesia (Indonesia New Art Movement, 1975-1989) and their avant-garde critiques.
3. Indonesian Visual Art Archive IVAA (Best Art Institution)
Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) was established in Yogyakarta in April 2007 as a nonprofit organisation, formerly the Cemeti Art Foundation (1995-2007). IVAA envisions to become a Service Center for Archives and Documentation, Libraries, as well as the Facilitator for the study of visual arts. Facilities at its physical site (Home IVAA) include the Reading Room and Community Activity Room, where forums are held to discuss cross-disciplinary subjects, and artistic practices that take advantage of new media diversity are explored. IVAA’s collection consists of photographs, audio-visual recordings and printed documents that record the various art practices from pre-independence until today. IVAA’s publications are presented in the form of exhibition catalogues, visual arts research reports, newspaper clippings, artist portfolios and textbooks. Collections in their entirety can be accessed from the online Library Catalogue and online Archive. IVAA take a position as a link that facilitates the interaction between artists, curators, academics and visual artists in general.
4. Jim Supangkat (Life Achievement Award)
Jim Supangkat is an Indonesian sculptor, art critic and curator. In 1975, with a group of artists from Yogyakarta and Bandung, Supangkat founded Indonesia New Art Movement (Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru Indonesia), which is the subject of winning curator Grace Samboh’s research. The movement proclaimed the re-definition of the term “seni rupa” (‘art’ in Indonesian langguage). In four years time, the movement actively organised exhibitions in several cities. In the late 1980s Supangkat became a full-time art critic and editor, and began curating a number of seminal group and solo exhibitions. From the 1990s onwards, he became actively involved in introducing Indonesian art internationally and establishing regional art forums, mainly in Southeast Asia.
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