Monday, December 14, 2009

Victor Pinchuk Foundation Inaugurates First Worldwide Art Prize, Awarded through an Open Competition, in Support of a New Generation of Artists

$100,000 Prize, Mentorship by Renowned Artists and Exhibition at PinchukArtCentre are Among the Benefits of Major New Award

KIEV, UKRAINE, December 8, 2009

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation today announced that it has inaugurated the Future Generation Art Prize, a major new international competition for artists up to 35. Established to discover and provide long-term support for a generation of emerging artists, wherever they may live and work, this unique artist-focused prize aims to make a major contribution toward the production of new work by young artists.

* its global dimension;
* its focus on a young generation of artists;
* its open and democratic Internet application process;
* the long-term commitment of leading artists of our time;
* a distinguished Board, Jury and Selection Committee;
* an exhibition of shortlisted artists at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, one of the largest and most active new contemporary art institutions in Europe;
* and an award of $100,000, to be conferred by a respected international jury.

Applications for the Prize will become available online on January 18, 2010, at the competition’s website, The exhibition of shortlisted artists will open at the PinchukArtCentre (PAC) in October 2010. The jury will announce the winner of the main prize in December 2010, and up to five special prizes for artists who will be provided with various forms of support.

According to Victor Pinchuk, “This worldwide contemporary art prize will be an important contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.”

To encourage the assistance of one generation of artists to the next, a group of renowned Mentor Artists has committed its long-term participation in the Prize and will provide in-person counsel and support to the Prize winners, and one of the Mentor artists will have a parallel show at the same time as each shortlist exhibition. The Mentor Artists are Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami.

A distinguished international Board oversees the Future Generation Art Prize. In addition to chairman Victor Pinchuk and the four Mentor Artists, the Board’s membership includes Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada and art museum directors Richard Armstrong (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum), Glenn D. Lowry (The Museum of Modern Art), Alfred Pacquement (Musée nationale d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou) and Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate).

Extending the reach of the Future Generation Art Prize, an invited group of approximately one hundred arts professionals from around the world will nominate artists for consideration. By combining the open application process with these nominations, PAC aspires to achieve the participation of a true global cross-section of the up-to 35 generation.

“Our first goal in establishing this Prize is to reach out to the world’s younger artists on a truly democratic basis, so that virtually everyone has the opportunity to participate,” stated Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre. “Our second goal is to provide sustainable support for the future generation, by bringing the most promising of these young artists into a network that includes curators, critics, educators, scholars and some of the world’s most celebrated artists.”

Speaking of his participation in the Prize, Takashi Murakami stated, “The last several years made the rising of the young generation of Japanese artists possible. This new prize wants to make this rise happen in Ukraine and the rest of the world, because now the world is expanding and at the same time shrinking. I am very happy to join this project and hopefully this prize will become every year bigger and bigger, and famous and famous-er."

Explaining his support for the Prize, Damien Hirst said, “I think art needs to be encouraged. Art prizes are really important. All children draw and paint and for some reason a lot of them stop. In the beginning they all paint—even the bank managers, accountants and the lawyers. To encourage art is a great thing.”

The launch of the Future Generation Art Prize follows the inaugural year of the PAC’s prize competition for Ukrainian artists up to the age of 35. An exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for this prize is on view at the PAC from October 31 through December 20, 2010.

Timeline of the Prize

Artists may submit applications at from January 18 through April 18, 2010. Toward the beginning of this application period, PAC will announce the names of the international jury for the Prize.

Following the close of applications, an expert Selection Committee comprised of members chosen by the jury will review all applications and decide on a shortlist of as many as twenty artists, whose names will be announced on June 22, 2010. These artists will participate in the Prize exhibition by showing the existing works they highlighted in their applications and may also create new works specifically for the PAC galleries. The winner of the national PinchukArtCentre Prize also will participate, bringing the maximum number of artists in the exhibition to 21.

After the exhibition has been on view for two months, the international jury will gather in Kiev in December 2010 to view and discuss the artists’ works. The jury will select one main Prize winner, who will receive a total of $100,000 ($60,000 as a cash award, and $40,000 toward the production of new work). An additional $20,000 will be allotted to fund artist-in-residency programs for up to five other special prize winners. Images of works by all the shortlisted artists will be posted on the PAC website, and members of the public will be invited to vote via the Internet for People’s Choice Prize.

Following the inaugural year, the Future Generation Art Prize will be awarded on a biennial cycle.

Victor Pinchuk Foundation

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation was established in 2006 by Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. It is the largest international, private, non-partisan, philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. Its goal is to empower future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, the Foundation develops projects, builds partnerships in Ukraine and worldwide and invests in three directions:
- Investing in people, to boost human capital;
- Investing in society, to promote social responsibility;
- Investing in the world, to foster a more integrated world.


Located in the historic architectural complex of Kiev’s Besarabka quarter, which has undergone a major renovation in the past decade, the six-story, 43,000-square-foot PAC opened in September 2006 as one of the largest contemporary art institutions in Europe. Dedicated to presenting exhibitions by leading Ukrainian and international artists, PAC to date has presented solo exhibitions of artists including Damien Hirst and Sam Taylor-Wood, and group exhibitions such as 21 Russia (works created by 21 Russian artists during the first years of the 21st century), Reflection (a group exhibition with a selection of international artists), and Red Forest (works by seminal Ukrainian artists of the 1990s, shown in an exhibition named after a wooded area adjacent to the Chernobyl nuclear station).

PAC was also responsible for presenting the Ukrainian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and 2009 and in 2005 exhibited the first acquisitions of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation at the Venice Biennale.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Whitney Biennial 2010: The List

Curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari announce the artist list for 2010, the Whitney Biennial. To be held on Feb 25 - May 30 at the Whitney Museum.

David Adamo
Richard Aldrich
Michael Asher
Tauba Auerbach
Nina Berman
Huma Bhabha
Josh Brand
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
James Casebere
Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher
Dawn Clements
George Condo
Sarah Crowner

Verne Dawson
Julia Fish
Roland Flexner
Suzan Frecon
Maureen Gallace
Theaster Gates
Kate Gilmore
Hannah Greely
Jesse Aron Green
Robert Grosvenor
Sharon Hayes
Thomas Houseago
Alex Hubbard
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Jeffrey Inaba

Martin Kersels
Jim Lutes
Babette Mangolte
Curtis Mann
Ari Marcopoulos
Daniel McDonald
Josephine Meckseper
Rashaad Newsome
Kelly Nipper
Lorraine O’Grady
R.H. Quaytman
Charles Ray
Emily Roysdon
Aki Sasamoto
Aurel Schmidt

Scott Short
Stephanie Sinclair
Ania Soliman
Storm Tharp
Tam Tran
Kerry Tribe
Piotr Uklański
Lesley Vance
Marianne Vitale
Erika Vogt
Pae White
Robert Williams


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2 Solo Exhibitions @ Osage Singapore

Java's Machine: Phantasmagoria by Jompet, and Soft Death by Louie Cordero, November 14 - December 27, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 2009, 6:30pm.

Jompet | Java's Machine: Phantasmagoria
Java's Machine: Phantasmagoria explores syncretism as a strategy to reconcile dispersed and disparate points of reference in Javanese cultural history. This is exemplified by Java, the War of Ghosts, the centrepiece installation, which also underscores the other works in the exhibition. Java, the War of Ghosts features 'invisible' soldiers made flesh by their uniforms-amalgams of the Dutch and Javanese military attire-and equipment. Suspended from the ceiling, each plays a different sound, synchronised into an electronic orchestra. A discordant yet strangely harmonious combination, the installation is a representation of Java's patchwork heritage. Jompet's soldiers do not serve a military function; they stand in formation, aloof, rather than tangled in battle. They are literally held down by the very things that constitute them, the sheer bulk of a civilisational parade. However, this is not intended as a criticism. Jompet's syncretism can be read as a discourse on post-colonialism and globalisation, a celebration of unruly beauty. As with Java's heritage, harmony can be negotiated in the multiplicity of patches that make up today's global community.

Louie Cordero | Soft Death
Dismemberment, mutilation, brain, blood, intestines, membranes, capillary... these are imageries abundant in the works of Louie Cordero. Yet more than just gore and the grotesque, Cordero's works, which draw inspirations from the streets, idiosyncratic semiology of various subcultures, popular culture, myths, and mass media, is reflective of a contemporary fascination with both the refined and the lewd. In Soft Death, which showcases a series of new drawings and paintings, ornate savagery appears alongside jovial or otherwise indifferent characters, often critically wounded or in a state of physical distortion-perhaps hinting at the contradiction underlying contemporary culture. Repulsive yet strangely captivating, Cordero's works are an ingenious manipulation of the sick pleasure one derives from the abject, and a direct confrontation with contemporary society.

Osage Gallery
11B Mt Sophia, #01-12, Singapore 228466
TEL : (65) 6337-9909
FAX : (65) 6337-1151
Mon-Sun and Public Holidays : 10:00 am - 7:00 pm


DETECTIVE, a Yuko Nasu Solo Show

Opens on November 19, 2009, at I-MYU Projects, London, UK.

Thanks, Yuko!


Thursday, November 5, 2009


Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations | Compilation Video V1.2 from ZIMOUN VIDEO ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

A cleverly orchestrated sound and beauuuuuutifully captured. Sound sculptures & installations by Swiss installation and sound artist Zimoun.

Thanks, Faisal!


Saturday, October 31, 2009


The Eighth Edition of America's Most Prestigious Art Show, Featuring Totally New Exhibition Design and the Launch of the Oceanfront Area

From December 3 through 6, 2009, Miami Beach, Florida, will be home to the 8th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the international art show. More than 250 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part. Chosen by the renowned gallerists of Art Basel Miami Beach Selection Committee, the galleries will show works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special sectors are devoted to very recent artworks, curated exhibits, performance, and art in public spaces.

Mona Hatoum, Undercurrent (red), 2008 | Galleria Continua | San Gimignano

This year, the layout of Art Basel Miami Beach will be extensively redesigned, including larger spaces for many galleries, and an innovative floorplan to maximize the visitor experience inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Art Positions sector, focused on special projects by young artists and galleries, formerly situated at Collins Park, will now be sited in the center of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Art Galleries, the main section of the show, will again feature the Art Kabinett program, which spotlights curated presentations in the selected gallery’s booth, while Art Nova will present new works by more than 170 artists.

John Baldessari, Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads: Woman (with Semaphore Flags), 2009 | Mai 36 Galerie | Zürich

The totally new Oceanfront exhibition environment will be created by Los Angeles artist Pae White commissioned by Creative Time, the legendary New York-based public art organization, and host a daily program including the Art Basel Conversations, Art Perform, Art Video and Art Film. Presented in the public spaces between and around the Oceanfront and the Miami Beach Convention Center, this year’s Art Projects will connect the two main areas of the show.

Georg Baselitz, Dix besucht Goya, 2008 | Contemporary Fine Arts | Berlin

The show’s list of participants makes Art Basel Miami Beach the most prestigious art show of the Americas, featuring highly established galleries and the most dynamic newcomers. Prices range from a few hundred dollars for multiples and works by young artists, to several million for museum-quality masterpieces.

On the eve of the opening, prominent guests from around the world will attend the exclusive Vernissage. Many major US museums are organizing trips to Florida, and numerous groups of art collectors from Latin America and Europe have already announced their visits. During the show’s five-day run, more than 40,000 art lovers are expected to visit the international art show.

For the latest updates on Art Basel Miami Beach, visit


Friday, October 30, 2009

the erased time

A solo exihibition by a renowned Indonesian contemporary artist, FX Harsono. Held at National Gallery of Indonesia, from November 1 - 14, 2009. Opens this Sunday, November 1, 7.30pm. Organized by Langgeng Gallery, Indonesia. *wish I could be there.*

Click here to view artworks and curatorial notes (Bahasa Indonesia).


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Albert Yonathan Setyawan

A young talented Indonesian contemporary ceramist, Albert Yonathan Setyawan, recently had a solo exhibition, "I am a bird now, am I?", at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. It was as part of a residency project (JENESYS creators 2009) supported by The Japan Foundation and The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. Above are some snapshots from the exhibit. To learn more about Albert, you could visit his blog, white circle, where he shares his works.

Click here for more images and the story behind his exhibit. Enjoy! :)


Tales of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Prince, oil on linen, 180 x 160 cm, 2008

Tales of yesterday, today and tomorrow,
oil on linen, 240 x 200 cm, 2009

A solo exhibition by a leading Thai contemporary artist, Natee Utarit. At Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More artworks here.

(images © Natee Utarit)


Sorry, No Canvas Today

A solo exhibition by Uji Handoko at SIGIarts, Jakarta, October 23 - November 3, 2009.

Click here for its curatorial notes.

Thanks, Paula!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Turner Prize 2009


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People

16 Oct 2009 - 10 Jan 2010
@ Special Exhibitions Gallery, ACM Empress Place

Made up of 7,107 islands, the Philippines is known for its stunning natural beauty and its people - warm, resilient and synonymous with the People Power movement. Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People explores the identity of the Filipino people, created by the blending of indigenous local cultures and foreign influences.

More than 300 years of Spanish colonial rule is most visible in the religion, language, architecture, art and food of the Philippines. Today, the Philippines has the largest Catholic population in Asia. Muslim communities in the south, indigenous highland communities and the influence of Chinese migrants add to the picture of cultural diversity that is the Philippines.

This unprecedented exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum features more than 290 rare and important artefacts - ancient gold, Catholic imagery, tribal artefacts and contemporary Filipino artworks – from museums and private collections in the Philippines, some of which will be on display for the very first time.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Ayala Museum, Manila.


Ronald Ventura @ Akili Museum of Art

"Major Highways, Expressways and Principal Arterials" - a solo exhibition by Ronald Ventura - opens this Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Akili Museum of Art, 5 pm. Dress Code: Casual.

Exhibition ends October 31, 2009.

Akili Museum of Art
Mutiara Kedoya
Block A1 - 1JKIM
Raya Kembangan
Jakarta 11520, Indonesia

Open from Mon - Sat 10.00 - 16.00

For more details, you could click on the image above.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pics of Jane Lee exhibit @ Osage Singapore

Status (detail)
Plentiful (detail)

Pictures on selected works from Jane Lee Solo Exhibition at Osage Singapore are available here. Click here and here to read the reviews.


Agus Sumiantara and Dodit Artawan @ ARTSingapore 2009

Agus Sumiantara
Agus Sumiantara
Agus Sumiantara

Agus Sumiantara and Dodit Artawan are indonesian contemporary artists, members of Taxu Art Clinic, who are managed by SIGIarts. I met them at SIGIarts booth this afternoon at ARTSingapore 2009. Since I don't have the images of the artworks exhibited at the fair, pardon me if I plucked a sample of their work from their last exhibits here.

Dodit Artawan

Dodit Artawan

Other participating artists at SIGIarts booth are Ketut Moniarta, Ali Rubin, Ichwan Noor, Arief Tousiga, and Benny. Only Agus and Dodit are present during the fair. Catch them while you can at ARTSingapore 2009. The fair ends Monday, October 12, 2009 by 5 pm.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pics of Agus Suwage's Circle exhibition

Circle by Agus Suwage
Textual (detail)

Click here. The exhibit runs till October 24, 2009 at STPI Singapore. Read the reviews here and here.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sarkis: Site at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

(via VernissageTV)


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Agus Suwage @ STPI

September 26 - October 24, 2009

One of the region's leading contemporary artist, Agus Suwage creates provocative new works on paper based on his controversial installation work, Pink Swing Park.

Saturday, September 26, 2.30pm

Exhibition walkthrough with artist Agus Suwage followed by workshop facilities tour.

View the artworks here.


Takashi Murakami to exhibit in Versailles in 2010

During an event to promote the launch of French pop artist Xavier Veilhan show at Château de Versailles, the Versailles museum director Jean-Jacques Aillagon announced that Takashi Murakami had been chosen to appear at the Palace of Versailles in 2010.

Read the complete story here.



Jane Lee @ Osage Singapore

Osage Singapore is pleased to present the first major solo exhibition of Jane Lee's work since being awarded the Singapore Art Prize for her work at the Singapore Art Show in 2007. From Lee's investigations into processes of painting and materiality through to her recent large-scale installation presented at Singapore Biennale 2008, the exhibition offers audiences a rare opportunity to follow the development of her artistic practice from 2004 to the present day.

Lee's work examines painting by pushing the limits of the materials and techniques used in painting. Through her use of unconventional materials and innovative techniques, her paintings highlight their processes to draw attention to the way the paintings have been made or constructed, and in so doing re-examine painting's significance and relevance for contemporary art practice.

Opening Reception: 25.09.2009, 6:30pm

Public Programmes

'Abstraction Today'
Lecture by Prof. Tony Godfrey
17 October 2009 (Saturday), 3:00pm

Panel Discussion: 'Painting in Asia Today'
Participants: Prof. Tony Godfrey, Eugene Tan, and Tan Guo-Liang
07 November 2009 (Saturday), 3:00pm


Eko Nugroho

Above are some pictures from Eko Nugroho's last exhibition, In The Name of Pating Tlecek, taken by a friend. Enjoy!

Thanks, Paula!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Takashi Murakami Paints Self-Portraits

Takashi Murakami, Kanye & Emmanuel Perrotin

at the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, September 15 - October 17, 2009. And Billionaire Boys Club has the preview of the show. Click here for more images.

(image: Billionaire Boys Club)


Monday, August 31, 2009

The Strong and The Beautiful

The Strong and The Beautiful (Si Malakas at Si Maganda),
oil on canvas, 72 x 144 in., 2009

by Ronald Ventura, had me at hello. :)

More Ronald Ventura's works are now seen at Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York) as his first U.S. solo exhibit, "Ronald Ventura: Metaphysics of Skin", approaches.

(image © Ronald Ventura and Tyler Rollins Fine Art)


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ark Galerie at Art Taipei 2009

Ark Galerie presents EKO NUGROHO & WEDHAR RIYADI at Art Taipei 2009, Taiwan, Aug 28 - Sep 1, 2009.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Harper's Bazaar Art Jakarta 2009

Presented by BRI Platinum, Harper's Bazaar Art Jakarta 2009 will be held at Ritz Carlton, Ballroom 1, Pacific Place, Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 28 - 30, 2009. This first annual event will showcase selected art galleries, public art projects, children activities and art talks. For details of the event, please click here.


A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp

In Flanders Fields

Marlene Dumas

A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp is an ambitious exhibition which surveys historical and contemporary works of art to look at the evolution of the image and its commercialisation.

This exhibition of 150 works features 13 paintings by old Flemish masters from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (KMSKA), 25 prints from the Museum of Plantin-Moretus/Printroom and 112 contemporary Flemish artworks from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MuHKA). Rare masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) will be shown in Singapore for the first time. Works by top contemporary art moghuls such as Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Francis Alys, Marlene Dumas and Berlinde de Bruyckere also add to this unique exhibition experience.

For more information on A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp, click here.

A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters From Antwerp
National Museum of Singapore
August 14 - October 4, 2009, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibition Galleries 1 & 2
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897


Monday, August 24, 2009

Paint Made Flesh

at The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), June 20 - September 13, 2009.

Thanks, Pow!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Aggregation09-JU038BLU, mixed media with korean mulberry paper,
163 x 131 cm, 2009, © Chun Kwang-Young

Aggregation09-AU001P, © Chun Kwang-Young / Singapore Tyler Print Institute 2009

Chun's artworks reflect his intense involvement with both Western art and the rich heritage of his homeland. The series Aggregation which begun in the mid-1990s is composed of hundreds of tiny triangles wrapped in Korean Hanji (mulberry paper). Inspired by Chun's childhood memories, these wrapped triangles are evocative of medicine herbal bundles hung in clusters from the ceiling of his family run pharmacy. Though herbal medicine is a dying art in Korea, Chun is keenly aware of the historical and personal resonance of his chosen medium.

Exhibition: August 15 - September 12, 2009, STPI Gallery, Singapore
Exhibition walkthrough: Saturday, August 15, 2.30 - 3.30pm


According to What?

Ai Wei Wei

"Ai Weiwei: According to What?" is one of the largest solo shows for the artist ever held, featuring 26 works made since the 1990s, including 6 created specifically for this exhibition. The diverse works – ranging from sculptures and photographs to video and site specific installations – are organized into three sections: "Fundamental Forms and Volumes," "Structure and Craftsmanship" and "Reforming and Inheriting Tradition." In addition, Ai’s architectural projects since 1999, his publication projects and the photograph works he took while he was living in New York are presented in a special "archival" room. Ai’s practice is interdisciplinary and transcends artistic genres in a classic sense, but when viewed in its entirety it gives us unique insights into the cultural, historical, and societal contexts from which it emerged. This in turn prompts questions in the viewer: What exists? And more importantly, according to what does it exist? From what context did we emerge, and to where are we headed now?

Ai Weiwei: According to What?
July 25 – November 8, 2009
Mori Art Museum
53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan


Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Agan Harahap

Agan Harahap's solo exhibition at Ruang MES 56, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, till August 31, 2009.

Click here for his deviantART gallery. This and this are my faves.


Portable Art World

Frank Stella
Frank Stella, oil on canvas, 140 x 180 cm, 2009

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean Michel Basquiat, oil on canvas, 140 x 180 cm, 2009

A solo exhibition of Agus Sumiantara, curated by Asmudjo Jono Irianto. On display until August 22, 2009 at Galeri Semarang, Indonesia. Click here for the curatorial notes, artist biography, and artworks.

(images © Agus Sumiantara)


Pam Glew

Afghan Girl, Dye and bleaching techniques on handmade American flag made from vintage American flag, Italian flag, signal flag, Iraqi flag, linen and denim, 36 x 22 in (91 x 56 cm), 2009

Candypop Antichrist, Bleach and Dye on handmade Union Jack made from vintage denim and American flag, 28 x 47 in (70 x 120 cm), 2009

A British artist, spotted at "A Mirror Distorted", a group exhibition (Andrea Michaelsson, Candice Tripp, Cherri Wood and Pam Glew) hosted by Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, California, USA. On display until August 27, 2009. Click on the images to see the larger versions.

(images © Pam Glew)


The Air Conditioned Recession: A Singapore Survey

With Singapore facing its deepest economic recession, there is a growing sense amongst the people of this island republic that their government cannot always be expected to provide all the answers to their shared problems, that oftentimes, the answers lie within themselves. This also means a loosening of state strictures that have hitherto dominated social political debate within the republic. This loosening has also been hastened by the space that the internet allows.

The Air Conditioned Recession – A Singapore Survey, will attempt to address some of the underlying issues that remain under the surface by mining existing works by Singaporean artists created in the past few years.

Participating Artists: Alicia Neo, Amanda Heng, Alan Oei, Cheo Chai-hiang, Ghazi Alqudcy & Ezzam Rahman, Jason Lim, Jason Wee, Jimmy Ong, Jing Quek, Junaidi Waee, Lynn Lu, Michael Lee, Safaruddin Abdul Hamid, Tang Da Wu and Tan Seow Wei.

The Air Conditioned Recession is a partner programme of SINGAPORE ART SHOW 09.

Partner event: Checkpoint Theatre presents Recalling Mother from 26 to 30 August, at 8pm nightly at the gallery. Written and performed by Claire Wong & Noorlinah Mohamed. For more information, please visit

The exhibition opens until August 30, 2009. For more information, please click here.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Spacing Contemporary, Jogja Art Fair # 2

Jogja Art Fair

The opening will be held on August 18, 2009, 7.30pm at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Jogja Art Fair (JAF) # 2 will run until September 5, 2009. There will be a discussion, International Talk JAF #2, held on August 19, 2009, 7pm, at Seminar Room, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. Speakers: Adeline Ooi and Wang Zineng. Moderator: Antariksa. Click here for more information.

Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
address: Jl. Sriwedari No.1, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Operating hours: 9am - 9pm, daily.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Brian Adam Douglas (Elbow Toe)

Brian Adam Douglas (Elbow Toe), originally uploaded by

Spotted at Wallkandy's flickr set, Ways of Seeing - Black Rat Press. You should see the rest of the set. Amazing pieces.

"Ways of Seeing" was a group exhibition of Swoon, Matt Small and Brian Adam Douglas (Elbow Toe), held last July, at Black Rat Press, United Kingdom.

Brian Adam Douglas is a Brooklyn based artist who for the past five years has been pasting up his distinctive woodcuts in cities all over the world under the name Elbow-Toe. His work is often grounded in myth, symbolism and poetry and his distinctive style has gained him an avid following of enthusiasts both within street art and the wider art world. Douglas is one of a group of classically trained New York based artists who have chosen the street as the primary place to exhibit their work, finding the immediacy of doing so more liberating than the confines of the traditional gallery system. For ‘Ways of Seeing’ Douglas has created a series of collages portraits. These intricate collages at first glance might be mistaken for paintings given that they have a fluidity rarely seen in collages. Whilst his work has a very definitely unique style it draws on a rich history of figurative painting and has qualities reminiscent of Freud and Bacon. --- Black Rat Press

(image © Wallkandy)


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Yuli Prayitno

Burn My Heart by Yuli Prayitno
Burn My Heart, polyester resin, matchsticks, 100 x 100 x 17 cm, 2006-2009

Spotted at NADI GALLERY. I was awe-struck seeing the humongous amount of matchsticks meticulously placed in order. Definitely I ♥..

(image © Yuli Prayitno and NADI GALLERY)


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Brazil Contemporary

Using nylon, Ernesto Neto makes soft, bio-morphic sculptures with a strong sensual presence that challenge viewers to ‘crawl into the work'. Large-scale, finely detailed constructions.

On display at Brazilian Art Now, Brazil Contemporary, until August 23, 2009.

It looks fun to be in there. :) You can view more of Ernesto Neto works here, and visit Brazil Contemporary here.


(image © Brazil Contemporary)


Let's share some love ...

On Agus Suwage. ;-) Here are some pictures taken from Rogue art. The ladies behind Rogue art, Beverly Yong, Rachel Ng and Adeline Ooi, posted some good pics of Agus Suwage's Still Crazy After All These Years exhibit. oh so happy to finally see some pictures!! Thanks, Rogue art!

See more pictures at Rogue art. And click here to visit Agus Suwage.

(images © Rogue art)


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