One of the halls of Suntec Singapore is transformed into a massive gallery as contemporary art fair ARTSingapore 2006 is being put up for the sixth time. And with outstanding art pieces from 72 renowned galleries from different parts of the globe up for grabs, art connoisseurs are rejoicing.
The focus of ARTSingapore 2006 is on Asian contemporary art. Fair organizer Chen Shen Po explains the rationale behind this: “We wanted to differentiate ourselves from other art fairs by showing primarily Asian contemporary art. Most art fairs in the world show a mix of international contemporary art.” She adds, “Asian contemporary art is moving up in the art world and gaining recognition and popularity. Some Chinese contemporary art pieces are also fetching high prices on the auction circuit.”
The emphasis may be on Asian art, but the fair has a section casting the limelight on Australian art. Not to be missed are 15 glass sculptural works of Gerry King. This artist has been credited with being at the forefront of Australian contemporary glass scene, and some of his best works from the ’70s to the present are being showcased.
Other artists to look out for in ARTSingapore 2006 include Beijing-based Miao Xiaochun. He has created a riveting installation named “Image + Imagination,” which comprises a series of large format photographs and a video. Miao digitally altered Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment,” substituting the figures in the fresco with models of his own body. He then created five prints and a video investigating the famous art work in different perspectives.
For some edgy stuff, check out Thai artist Chatchai Puipia. This award-winning artist has painted eight expressionist self portraits with varied expressions. His works intrigue, oozing disquiet and desire. The prints, paintings and objects of the acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will be featured too. The works of both individuals are put up by 100 Tonson Gallery and can be found in booth A10. Other artists to take note of at the fair include Kit Tan, Chen Ke Zhan, Cai Zhisong, Bai Yi Luo and Jim Thalassoudis.
If you are scratching your head for some much-need inspiration, check out ARTSingapore 2006. Many more splendid art works are in store. There will be talks by industry experts as well. Get those check books and credit cards ready.