S’pore to fall under South-east Asia platform at Art Stage 2014

S’pore to fall under South-east Asia platform at Art Stage 2014
Lotus by Jolene Lai, one of the featured Singaporean artists at Art Stage Singapore 2014. Photo: Jolene Lai / Galerie Sogan & Art
Art fair’s fourth edition features eight new curated sales exhibition platforms including China and India
Published: 7:03 AM, November 14, 2013
Updated: 4:00 AM, November 15, 2013
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SINGAPORE — A joint showcase by young artists Sarah Choo and Jolene Lai and a ten-metre work by Jane Lee will be shown at next year’s Art Stage Singapore.

But you won’t find these at a Singapore platform because there won’t be one. Instead, it will now have to share space with its neighbours in a South-east Asian platform.

The SEA regional platform — which will also include Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines — will be the biggest of eight special sections focusing on specific countries and regions at the fourth edition of the art fair, which will be held from Jan 16 to 19 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

Said fair director Lorenzo Rudolf: “We think we can position Singapore stronger within a South-east Asia platform.”

The fair proper will comprise around 100 galleries out of which 29 are based in Singapore.

Last year, the fair received some criticism regarding the focus on Indonesian art via its special country pavilion.

Rudolf described it as an “exceptional situation” saying that some Indonesian artists had asked for it to be set up and admitted it was an “experiment” that “hardly covered the cost”.

The new platform features will also include those for China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and Central Asia.

The platforms, which cover a total of some 2,000 sq m or 20 per cent of the fair, will be in the form of curated sales exhibitions that will see galleries working with curators in featuring commissioned work from artists.

“There are many Asias. (Many) national, regional art scenes and art markets,” said Rudolf.

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