Preview: art fair as collaboration – ART STAGE Singapore 2018

Singapore’s flagship art fair runs from 26 to 28 January during Singapore Art Week 2018.

ART STAGE Singapore transforms traditional gallery presentations inviting collectors, artists and other creative industries to participate in the ­­internationally renowned event.

I Nyoman Masriadi, 'Great Daddy', 2014, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm. Image courtesy Tiroche DeLeon Collection.

I Nyoman Masriadi, ‘Great Daddy’, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm. Image courtesy Tiroche DeLeon Collection.

Art Stage Singapore 2018: Interactions

Founded by Lorenzo Rudolf in 2011, ART STAGE Singapore returns in its eighth year to ignite excitement around contemporary art in Southeast Asia and to bridge gaps in the region’s segmented market. Through its insights on the regional art landscape and fluctuating economic standing, the fair acts as a catalyst for driving international interest in and the understanding of Southeast Asian art within a competitive, global arena.

Rudolf’s mission, alongside launching the careers of budding artists, is to open the stage for artistic conversations and to serve as a platform for collaborative market promotion. In doing so, the president propels ART STAGE into the realm of the world’s most ambitious fairs – in both scale and quality of presented work – and introduces the names of regional galleries into the international arena. The fair is seen not just as a paradise for buyers and collectors, but as a hub of creativity, collaboration and mutual support, recognising the unique, but intertwined function of the artist, gallerist, academic, collector and visitor.

Ahmad Sadali, 'Gunungan', 1980, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 175 cm. Image courtesy Art Agenda, S.E.A.

Ahmad Sadali, ‘Gunungan’, 1980, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 175 cm. Image courtesy Art Agenda, S.E.A.

Despite a slight decline in participating galleries from years past, the annual fair returns with nearly 100 galleries who represent artists from throughout the region – including major players from China, Europe and the Americas.

This year’s fair has adopted the theme ‘Interactions’, showing Rudolf’s and his team’s commitment to turning the commonly exclusive, traditional model of the art fair into an accessible space for all.

Chris Yap, 'Had you for Supper', 2018, fine digital giclee print on pearl cotton paper, 76.2 x 50.4 cm. Image courtesy Art Porters Gallery.

Chris Yap, ‘Had you for Supper’, 2018, fine digital giclee print on pearl cotton paper, 76.2 x 50.4 cm. Image courtesy Art Porters Gallery.

Anselm Kiefer, 'Dien und mein alter und das alter der welt' ['Your age and my age and the age of the world'], 1992, oil, varnish, emulsion, wire, metallic paint, straw and tar on canvas with sunflowers, aluminium and resin, 280 x 381x29 cm. Image courtesy Thomas Holdings, Inc.

Anselm Kiefer, ‘Dien und Mein Alter und Das Alter der Welt’ [‘Your Age
and My Age and the Age of the World’], 1992, oil, varnish, emulsion, wire, metallic paint, straw and tar on canvas with sunflowers, aluminium and resin, 280 x 381×29 cm. Image courtesy Thomas Holdings, Inc.

Focus: Thailand

In conjunction with the open, collaborative structure of ART STAGE 2018, the president has chosen to name Thailand as its country of focus, inviting artists Natee Utarit and Kamin Lertchaiprasert to present special exhibition programmes over the weekend. In long-standing recognition of Asia’s dynamism and artistic excellence, the honorary duo have been selected to represent ART STAGE’s commitment to exhibiting Thai totems of culture and collective histories.

Natee Utarit, 'L'enfer,c'est les autres', 2016, oil on canvas. 250x450 cm triptych. Image courtesy Richard Koh Fine Art and Art Stage Singapore.

Natee Utarit, ‘L’enfer,c’est les autres’, 2016, triptych, oil on canvas, 250 x 450 cm. Image courtesy Richard Koh Fine Art and ART STAGE Singapore.

Natee Utarit’s triptych-style paintings play with fairytale motifs and found objects to comment upon contemporary Buddhism practices and Thailand’s “political contradictions” during economic crisis.

For Kamin Lerchaiprasert, art is a ritualistic practice aimed at the achievement of a greater understanding of oneself, nature and the world as a whole. After travelling to the United States and undergoing a brief stint as a Buddhist monk, Lerchaiprasert co-founded, with Rirkrit Tiravanija, the Land Project (now the Land Foundation), a converted rice plantation used now for site-specific art and installation. Both artists regard their practices as physical processes, their expressive and gestural paintings engaging with matters both earthly and spiritual.

Natee Utarit, 'Theatre of the Absurd', 2015, oil on canvas, 250x540 cm triptych. Image courtesy Richard Koh Fine Art and ART STAGE Singapore.

Natee Utarit, ‘Theatre of the Absurd’, 2015, triptych, oil on canvas, 250 x 540 cm. Image courtesy Richard Koh Fine Art and ART STAGE Singapore.

In conversation about his decision to highlight Thailand at this year’s festivities, Rudolf states:

In the last one and a half years, a lot of new, serious and professional art galleries have opened in Thailand, such as the MAIIAM Museum of Contemporary Art by Jean Michel Beurdeley and his son, Eric Bunnag Booth. There are also many big Thai art collectors such as Petch Osathanugrah and Disaphol Chansiri, who will be opening their own museums in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.” Naturally, we have to pay tribute to this movement at the Fair by featuring many Thai galleries and artists, and planning spectacular museum-like projects with their leading local artists.

Suzann Victor, 'The Seafaring Cloud', 2017, assembled polycarbonate sheets, coloured paper pulp, 137 x 200 x 22 cm. Image courtesy Tiroche DeLeon Collection.

Suzann Victor, ‘The Seafaring Cloud’, 2017, assembled polycarbonate sheets, coloured paper pulp, 137 x 200 x 22 cm. Image courtesy Tiroche DeLeon Collection.

Art collections collaborations

In addition to the special programmes brought by Utarit and Lerchaiprasert, ART STAGE Singapore 2018 will present three special commercial exhibitions: a collaboration with the Tiroche DeLeon Collection; an exclusive showcase by the Honorary Invited Artist, Fernando Botero; and a special exhibition of Alexander Calder’s works on paper.

Botero, a Columbian figurative artist and sculptor and Art Stage’s first Honorary Invited Artist, will exhibit a series of his full-bodied ‘Boterismo’ portraits. Calder’s spirited gouache prints will be sold alongside two mobile sculptures, Stabile (1968) and The Red Crescent (1969).

Fernando Botero, 'Woman With Mask And Trumpet', 2016, oil on canvas, 85 x 68 cm. Image courtesy the artist and ART STAGE Singapore.

Fernando Botero, ‘Woman With Mask And Trumpet’, 2016, oil on canvas, 85 x 68 cm. Image courtesy the artist and ART STAGE Singapore.

Alexander Calder, 'The Red Crescent', 1969, sheet metal, rod, and paint, 60 cm x 225 cm x 66 cm. Image courtesy Omar Tiroche Gallery and ART STAGE Singapore.

Alexander Calder, ‘The Red Crescent’, 1969, sheet metal, rod, and paint,
60 cm x 225 cm x 66 cm. Image courtesy Omar Tiroche Gallery and ART STAGE Singapore.

In collaboration with the Tiroche DeLeon private collection, ART STAGE will present both established and emerging contemporary artists from Southeast Asia and beyond. This highlights the co-operative efforts of the fair and its participating galleries and collectors. Working alongside the internationally-renowned collection, Rudolf and collector Serge Tiroche have conceptualised a programme that will exhibit works acquired between 2011-2016 at earlier renditions of ART STAGE Singapore. The selected works will not only be re-exhibitied, but will be given new life, re-invigorated as part of a cohesive exhibitionary collection.

Drew Tal, 'Porcelain Dynasty', 2014, dye sublimation on aluminum 114x142 cm. Image courtesy Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.

Drew Tal, ‘Porcelain Dynasty’, 2014, dye sublimation on aluminium,
114 x 142 cm. Image courtesy Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.

Artists given the chance to be shown once more include Donna Ong (Singapore), Ruben Pang (Singapore), Agus Suwage (Indonesia), Eko Nugroho (Indonesia), Entang Wiharso (Indonesia), Gatot Pujiarto (Indonesia), Heri Dono (Indonesia), I Nyoman Masriadi (Indonesia), J. Ariadhitya Pramuhendra (Indonesia), Manit Sriwanichpoom (Thailand), Jigger Cruz (the Philippines), Jose Santos III (the Philippines), Ronald Ventura (the Philippines), Winner Jumalon (the Philippines), Fang Lijun (China) and Zeng Fanzhi (China).

Aiman Hakim, 'The cure for time is eternity, but a dose a day is required', 2018, oil on canvas, 150x150 cm. Image courtesy Art Porters Gallery.

Aiman Hakim, ‘The cure for time is eternity, but a dose a day is required’, 2018, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm. Image courtesy Art Porters Gallery.

Tiroche notes (PDF download) that the innovative market-as-collection model will allow the collection to be re-imagined in Singapore alongside an exhaustive list of other important artists:

We are pleased to have come full circle with Lorenzo Rudolf, to present a collection he helped us build. It is wonderful when two innovative minds meet and are comfortable exploring new collaborative models. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to being in Singapore.

Manolo Valdes, 'Infanta Margarita', 2009, bronze, 205 x 147 x 202 cm. Image courtesy Opera Gallery.

Manolo Valdes, ‘Infanta Margarita’, 2009, bronze, 205 x 147 x 202 cm. Image courtesy Opera Gallery.

The works of the collection, ART STAGE comments, are frequently lent to prominent museums, exhibitions, public venues, biennales, art fairs and other creative industries, including a 2011 exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum featuring Rodel Tapaya’s most iconic work, Cane of Kabunian, Numbered But Cannot Be Counted, which won the triennial Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011.

Douglas Diaz, 'Remembering yourself', 2018, graphite and oil on canvas, 40 × 40 cm. Image courtesy Art Porters Gallery.

Douglas Diaz, ‘Remembering yourself’, 2018, graphite and oil on canvas, 40 × 40 cm. Image courtesy Art Porters Gallery.

Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair

In acknowledgement of the rapid changes and fluctuations in the art economy, ART STAGE Singapore pays tribute to new, often harsh, realities of the art market by innovating the traditional art fair concept and going beyond the classical gallery presentations. By expanding the field to collectors, artists and other creative industries, the fair continues to innovate and augment its position as the principal art fair of Southeast Asia.

The wide array of artists, exhibitors and artworld professionals scheduled to be present throughout Singapore Art Week signal both a flourishing sector of a global market and the organiser’s emphasis on accessible work and communicative collaboration.

Megan Miller

2038

ART STAGE Singapore 2018 is the anchor event of the Singapore Art Week and takes place from 26 to 28 January 2018 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore.

Related Topics: Art fairs, events in Singapore, market watch, art and the community, news

Related Posts:

Subscribe to Art Radar for more art market previews

Comments are closed.