Southeast Asia’s Largest Art Fair, ART SG, Comes To Singapore This January 2023



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ART SG brings together over 150 leading galleries from around the world to Singapore!

Photo Credit: The Primary Studio/Dju-Lian Chng

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Date: 11 Jan 2023 (VIP Preview) | 12 to 15 Jan 2023 (Public)
Fee: Admission fees apply (Check prices here)

ART SG

Presented by Founding and Lead Partner UBS and organised by The Art Assembly, ART SG offers a meeting point in Southeast Asia for collectors around the world to convene in one of the most dynamic cultural landscapes globally. This marks the launch of the first fair of such scale and international significance in the region.

Across ART SG, visitors will be able to see exceptional artworks from the region and worldwide. The fair will also present public art programmes of large-scale site-specific installations, a curated film sector, as well as critical and thought-provoking talks and education.

Here are some of the programme highlights of ART SG that you can look forward to: 

Programme Highlights

GALLERIES

The main sector of ART SG will showcase outstanding presentations by leading international and regional galleries. Initial highlights include:

  • David Zwirner (Paris, Hong Kong, London, New York) will present a significant line-up of major international artists from the gallery’s programme, including Oscar Murillo, Josh Smith, and Neo Rauch.

Photo Credit: Josh Smith and David Zwirner

  • A curated selection of new artworks featuring Imi Knoebel, Ibrahim Mahama and Mona Hatoum among others, at White Cube (London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris).
  • Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg, Seoul) will feature a group presentation including renowned artists Tom Sachs, Georg Baselitz, Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, Martha Jungwirth, Robert Longo, Oliver Beer, Sylvie Fleury, and Cory Arcangel.
  • Xavier Hufkens (Brussels) will present major artists from their gallery programme, such as Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago, Cassi Namoda, Sterling Ruby, and Zhang Enli.

Photo Credit: Tracey Emin and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

Photo Credit: Thomas Houseago and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

  • Lehmann Maupin (New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, London) will create an in depth presentation of Malaysian born artist Mandy El-Sayegh, alongside other highlights such as acclaimed Korean sculptor and installation artist Lee Bul and rising talent Tammy Nguyen, a Vietnamese American painter.

Photo Credit: Tammy Nguyen and Lehmann Maupin

Photo Credit: Mandy El-Sayegh, Lehmann Maupin and and UTA Artist Space

Photo Credit: Mandy El-Sayegh, Lehmann Maupin and and UTA Artist Space

  • Almine Rech (Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai) will showcase a diverse group show of important Western and Eastern masters in dialogue: Kim Tschang-Yeul, Turi Simeti, large scale sculptures by Alejandro Cardenas and Ryan Schneider; as well as young talents, such as Ceěsar Piette, Szabolcs Bozoě, and Thu Van Tran.
  • Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok) will present a curated Southeast Asian group show with a special focus on art practices emerging from the Indochina region, featuring established and new names, such as Natee Utarit, Svay Sareth, Wah Nu, UuDam Tran Nguyen, Ha Manh Thang, Fasang Navaaran.
  • TKG+ (Taipei) will feature a three-artist presentation of institutionally recognized names from Thailand, Burma, and Taiwan: Mit Jai Inn, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Chiu Chen-Hung, whose works form a tripartite dialogue across different themes such as socio-political concerns, history, nostalgia and memory.

Photo Credit: TKG+

  • Yavuz Gallery (Singapore, Sydney) will present a group show featuring Southeast Asian and Australasian artists, including multi-disciplinary works by one of Southeast Asia’s most respected female artists, Pinaree Sanpitak (who was most recently featured in the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, “The Milk of Dreams”).

Photo Credit: Alvin Ong and Yavuz Gallery

Photo Credit: Grace Wright and Yavuz Gallery

Photo Credit: Patricia Piccinini and Yavuz Gallery

  • Ota Fine Arts (Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai) will show a presentation of leading Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary names, including Maria Farrar, Chris Huen Sin-Kan, Hilmi Johandi, and Guo-Liang Tan.
  • SCAI the Bathhouse (Tokyo) will present a curated exhibition, “Notional Spheres”, exploring formalistic strategies that artists deploy to reconfigure our perception of the world, featuring important Japanese contemporary artists such as Kohei Nawa, Mariko Mori and Daisuke Ohba.

Photo Credit: SCAI THE BATHHOUSE

  • An exciting selection of new paintings by artists Yann Gerstberger, Shinpei Kusanagi, Oscar Murillo and Makoto Saito, juxtaposed against lighting sculptures by Michael Anastassiades at Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo).

Photo Credit: Oscar Murillo and Taka Ishii Gallery

  • FOST Gallery (Singapore) will bring together a tightly curated selection of works which feature different aspects of life in Southeast Asia by Kray Chen, John Clang, Phi Phi Oanh, Donna Ong, and Yeo Tze Yang.

Photo Credit: Donna Ong and FOST Gallery

Photo Credit: Donna Ong and FOST Gallery

FOCUS

A contextualised sector featuring galleries presenting in-depth solo or duo artist programmes, or curated thematic presentations, with an emphasis on Southeast Asian and Asian artists, as well as emerging to mid- career international names, with an aim to showcase the range and development of their practice across different mediums and provide a foundation for insights and discussion of the artists’ work. Highlights include:

  • Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Busan) will present an engaging solo showcase of new work by respected indigenous Australian artist, Daniel Boyd, who is known for questioning and challenging the pre-existing romanticist notions behind Australia’s colonial history.

Photo Credit: Daniel Boyd and Kukje Gallery

Photo Credit: Daniel Boyd and Kukje Gallery

  • "Reality Mining" at MadeIn (Shanghai), a two-person show of artists Ding Li and Xu Zhen. Together their mutually relevant practices suggest that we live in a reality dictated by algorithms, and the evolution of art reflects the discovery and re-invention of the physical world.

Photo Credit: XU ZHEN and MadeIn Gallery

Photo Credit: XU ZHEN and MadeIn Gallery

Photo Credit: XU ZHEN and MadeIn Gallery

  • Galerie Urs Meile (Beijing, Lucern) will showcase a dialogue investigating abstraction between three female artists from China: Ju Ting, Miao Miao, and Zhang Xuerui.
  • albertz benda (New York, Los Angeles) will present a solo booth by American painter and multi-media artist Devon DeJardin, his first international presentation comprising new paintings, ranging from intimate portraits to monumental tableaux, conceived specifically for ART SG 2023.

Photo Credit: Devon DeJardin and albertz benda, New York and
Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Devon DeJardin and albertz benda, New York and
Los Angeles

  • A solo booth by acclaimed female painter from the Philippines, Pam Yan Santos titled "Building Things We May Not Know" at The Drawing Room (Manila), which explore themes such as everyday intimacy, domesticity, and the interchanging feminine roles of mother, wife, and artist.

Photo Credit: Pam Yan Santos and The Drawing Room
Manila

  • Yeo Workshop (Singapore) will bring a tightly curated presentation entitled “From the Land of Gold Below the Winds in South Seas”, juxtaposing the historically and culturally interrogative practices of multi-disciplinary artists from Singapore and Southeast Asia including Fyerool Darma, Filippo Sciascia, Santi Wangchuan, and Citra Sasmita.

FUTURES

A sector dedicated to supporting young galleries under the age of six years, presenting specially created presentations for ART SG. Presentations will have been created within the past 18 months and not previously exhibited in a gallery or institutional setting. Highlights include:

  • Capsule Shanghai (Shanghai) will present a curated three-person show featuring recent works by Leelee Chan, Mevlana Lipp and Miranda Fengyuan Zhang. Under the influence of their personal and familial histories, each artist draws inspiration from nature, contemporary culture and the urban environment to create artistic statements ranging from wall sculptures to textile pieces.

Photo Credit: Mevlana Lipp and Capsule Shanghai

Photo Credit: Miranda Fengyuan Zhang and Capsule Shanghai

Photo Credit: Leelee Chan and Capsule Shanghai

  • Tropical Futures Institute (Cebu) will exhibit a bold and conceptually diverse presentation featuring Visayas-based painter Kristoffer Ardeña, Filipina-Canadian artist and filmmaker Stephanie Comilang, German experimental artist exploring fictional concepts and technology across a range of different media, Simon Speiser, and Adam de Boer, an American artist investigating cultural hybridity.

Photo Credit: Tropical Futures Institute

Photo Credit: Tropical Futures Institute

  • LINSEED (Shanghai) will show a curation of new works by three emerging names: Sebastian Burger, Tom Howse, Li Hei Di, experimenting with imageries of nature, instinctive desires, and contemporary cultures.

Photo Credit: Tom Howse and LINSEED

Photo Credit: Li Hei Di and LINSEED

REFRAME

ART SG will celebrate Singapore’s position at the forefront of technological innovation by highlighting new experimentations in digital art and works on the blockchain. The sector will showcase galleries presenting art that is engaged with, made or presented using digital technology, which includes digital painting, animation, immersive installations, augmented or virtual reality, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

REFRAME aim showcase a range of technology-driven work and explore facets related to collecting work in this medium such as curation, presentation, conservation, and provenance, through an associated programme of talks and education. Highlights include:

  • Bitforms gallery (New York, San Francisco) will present a selection of works from Refik Anadol, one of the most acclaimed pioneers in the aesthetics of data and machine intelligence, and whose generative artworks have redefined the parameters of technology and algorithmic-based practice in this current era.

Photo Credit: Refik Anadol and bitforms gallery

  • Postmasters Gallery (New York) will show a curated selection of new and historical work by the renowned media art pioneers Jennifer and Kevin McCoy (Kevin McCoy has been hailed as the creator of the first digital art NFT in 2014), and other seminal names within the digital art and blockchain movement: Eva and Franco Mattes, Olive Allen, Gracelee Lawrence and Lovid.
  • Kate Vass Galerie (Zurich) will bring together works by leading international new media and generative artists from different backgrounds and practices, showcasing the diversity of the genre, such as Sputniko!, Marcelo Soria-Rodríguez, Kjetil Golid, Kevin Abosch, Iskra Velitchkova, and Anna Ridler.

Photo Credit: Sputniko! and Kate Vass Galerie 

Photo Credit: Sputniko! and Kate Vass Galerie

  • Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai) will present “Suit Koo Chup Yew" by Hong Kong-based collective Jiū Society, an ongoing project across a diverse range of media including site-specific installations, sculptures, paintings, videos and crypto art, that takes its title from a 1955 Hong Kong musical comedy film which was loosely structured around the characters of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".

FILM

The Film sector will be curated by Thai curator Gridthiya Gaweewong, who is currently the Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, and was on the curatorial team for the 2018, 12th Gwangju Biennale, Imagined Border. She was recently appointed the Artistic Director of the Thailand Biennale 2023.

The sector will focus on showcasing new film-making practices, experimental film or film as artistic medium from artists and practitioners from around Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Further details will be available in the coming weeks.

TALKS

The Talks programme will be curated by Cosmin Costinas, former Executive Director of Para Site and the Artistic Director of the 2020 Kathmandu Triennale.

Exploring a diverse range of topics inspired by the Singapore art scene and beyond, the programme offers a chance to delve deeper into Southeast Asian contemporary culture in context to the global art landscape.

The programme will offer critical and thought-provoking discussion on key topics and issues today, such as cross-cultural dialogues within the new global realities particularly the Asia-Pacific region; and novel ways of building and supporting art ecosystems and encounters.

Featured speakers will include respected names from Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia to foster greater exchanges across these culturally resonant regions and geographies.

Further information will be available in due course.

UBS & Contemporary Art

UBS has a long history of supporting contemporary art in Asia and around the world and has one of the world’s most important corporate art collections with over 30,000 artworks.

Committed to fostering the local art community in Singapore, UBS has commissioned the artist Dawn Ng to create a site-specific, immersive installation which will be unveiled at the fair in the UBS Lounge and presented alongside paintings by the Singapore artist.



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