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)


Monday, August 3, 2009

Borderless World

65 artists + 1 guest artist, curated by Fery Oktanio
01-10 Agustus 2009
Jl. Sriwedani No.1 Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Participating artists are:

AC Andre Tanama, Agus “Baqul” Purnomo, Adi Gunawan, Agus Riyadi, Ariyanto, Arie Dyanto, Ariswan Adhitama, Askanadi, AT Sitompul, Awi Ibanezta, Ayu Arista Murti, Badruzaman, Bambang “Toko” Witjaksono, Bob Sick Yudhita, Boyke Aditya Khrisna, Budi Bodhong Prakoso, David Armi Putra, Deny Snod Susanto, Erica Hestu Wahyuni, Erizal AS, Fazar RA Wibisono, Farhan Siki, Feri Eka Candra, Gatot Indrajati, Harry Cahaya, Hendra “Hehe” Harsono, Heri Kris, Hojatul Islam, Honda Yulianto, Indieguerilaz, I Made Arya Palguna, I Nyoman Sujana Kenyem, I Wayan Sujana Suklu, Irawan Banuaji, Januri, Jul Naidi MS, Lia Mareza, Melodia, Nano Warsono, Nurkhamim, Prihatmoko (Moki), Putu Wirantawan, Riduan, Rizky Mora, Roeayyah Diana, Rosid, Rudi St Darma, S.Teddy D, Suraya, Suroso (Isur), Syahfadil, Syahrizal Zain Koto, Tommy Wondra, Ugy Sugiarto, Utin Rini, Wadino, Wahyu Santosa, Wibowo Adi Utama, Win Dwi Laksono, Yani Mariani Sastranegara, Yayat Surya, Yerry Padang, Yogi Setiawan, Yustoni Valunteero, Zulkarnaini.

Guest Artist: Ismanto.

For more information, please contact:

Srisasanti Gallery
Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar No.52 A, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Telp: (0274) 866 765
Jl. Tentara Rakyat Mataram No.5, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Telp: (0274) 561 922



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