Southeast Asian gallerist Valentine Willie retires from commercial art world


In a surprise move, renowned dealer Valentine Willie announced in September 2012 that he will close down at least three of his four gallery spaces in Southeast Asia next year.

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Art Radar’s 17 most-searched Asian contemporary artists, January to June 2012


Heading into the second half of the year, Art Radar’s artist search data for January to June has just come in. 2012 brought with it several major changes to the list.

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Hyperallergic blogger explores contemporary Philippine art with new series


While on a month’s residency at the Green Papaya Arts project, An Xiao is writing a new series on Hyperallergic based on the ‘contemporary art and technology scene’ in the Philippines.

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Higher level of international exposure for Southeast Asian art at Christie’s


Christie’s includes Southeast Asian art in their Hong Kong autumn 2011 Asian 20th century and contemporary art sales along with art from China and other parts of East Asia.

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Curator Patrick Flores: early Southeast Asian manifestos and art movements – ART on AIR podcast


We have tuned in to another Art on Air podcast, this one recording a talk with Philippine curator and scholar Patrick Flores at New York’s Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

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Political correctness enemy of good art says Valentine Willie – BFM podcast


We pull some quotes from a fascinating BFM podcast with Malaysian contemporary art specialist and dealer Valentine Willie. Find a link to the interview here, too.

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Indonesian ethnicity on display in national gallery show


“Ethnicity Now”, held at the Indonesian National Gallery in December this year, was expected to be a “small step towards cultivating … pride in an Indonesian art that is rooted in local culture and tradition.” It has, however, been followed by mixed reviews. Some say the Indonesian-made artwork in the exhibition failed to reflect or emphasis the show’s title. Others were impressed by the brilliance, uniqueness and diversity of the display.

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Christie’s matches Sotheby’s in Hong Kong autumn auction success – coverage round-up


“The Perfect Storm” is what Christie’s International CEO Steven Murphy called the company’s Hong Kong Autumn 2010 auctions that ended on 2 December. The auctions resulted in a total of USD414 million in revenue from art and collectables sales which is a 95 percent increase from last year. To follow on from our report on Sotheby’s record-breaking October auction results, we round-up what’s being said in the media about the Christie’s event.

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