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Art Stage S’pore 2013: The Singapore fair scene

Rizman Putra's performance at I Am An Artist. Now What? under Art Stage Singapore's Singapore Platform.
Ang Song-Ming's My World at I Am An Artist. Now What? under Art Stage Singapore's Singapore Platform.
Rizman Putra's The Reinvention Of Sports For Jaded Individuals (RSJI) at I Am An Artist. Now What? under Art Stage Singapore's Singapore Platform.
Samuel Chen's After... at I Am An Artist. Now What? under Art Stage Singapore's Singapore Platform.
Jason Wee, Jeremy Sharma and Khiew Huey Chian's works blend into New Black City under Art Stage Singapore's Singapore Platform.
Khiew Huey Chiang's eraser pieces at New Black City under Art Stage Singapore's Singapore Platform.
A detail from one of Jeremy Sharma's lasercut works in New Black City under Art Stage Singapore's Singapore Platform.
The School Of The Arts, Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts and Lasalle College Of The Arts booths at Art Stage Singapore 2013.
Debbie Ding's all smiles at her show Fragments & Traces at The Substation booth at Art Stage Singapore 2013. Photo courtesy of The Substation.
Published: 12:12 AM, January 24, 2013
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The S$3 coffee at Art Stage Singapore is quite good. It is also, I have to say, possibly the only thing I can afford at the four-day art fair.

Go for the flat white. It’s full-bodied and creamy, and a nice way to perk you up if most of the art works on display don’t.

What’s in store for you at the fair? Some little surprises here and there — there are quite a number of performances and, well, photos of artworks are starting to trickle in on Facebook so you decide. For me, initially at least, it was mostly more of the same. Good quality same, for sure. But also blah same.

And what of the much hyped (and in some circles, much criticised) Indonesian Pavilion? It’s right at the back. Biggish but not particularly pavilionish.

That said, Singapore seems buzzing more than last year, with lots more happening not just at Art Stage but around it. And even if I’m feeling slightly ambivalent about the works, the programmes lined up all the way to Sunday (at the fair grounds and beyond) is way better. In particular, keep an eye out on the Centre For Contemporary Art talks at the fair.

SINGAPORE EVERYWHERE

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