Note: I've loaded more pix. It was 2am when I did the initial blog/upload, and a bit of work to recompress/resize but hopefully you guys like it. Drop me a note if you want specifics on anything. I made some notes...Cheers,
I thought I'd bring to the community the first big art event for Singapore (and I believe) for the region: Art Stage Singapore 2011. Lorenz Rudolf, former director of ArtBasel, was able to assemble a stellar list of galleries from all over the world. They brought with them works of Picasso, Botero, Miro, Kusama, Murakami, LaChapelle and a few hundred more artists. This event comes after two major art events in Singapore last year: ArtSingapore and Affordable Art Fair. I thought it was going to be another one of those but, under the gleaming and iconic Marina Bay Sands shadow, Art Stage Singapore brought the polish and spotlight to this little country as it tries to slug it out with other Asia Pacific cities to be the 'it' art hub.
Anyways, here are some (won't dare upload my 200+ photos and tonnes of videos :) pieces that I thought you guys might find interesting. So, reporting from... (~shut up me).
Yes, that's a Seurat - Cans Seurat by Chris Jordan. Medium: Photograph, Archival pigmented inkjet face-mounted on plexiglass 60x92" 2007 Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the numbers used the US every thirty seconds.
Ahh. this one took my breath away..The booth of Purple Roof Art Gallery (from Shanghai) feature Liu Zhaoguan's
World of Thousands" where he assembled hundred of bottles with unique painted objects.
A personal favorite... Filipino artist, Norberto Roldan, represented by taksu gallery, showed several works described as "assemblage with collage, old sepia photographs, assorted bottles and found objects. I have a few more photographs of his works so send me a PM if you want me to send over. I think our office has three of his most recent works... (save for a another blog).
As you guys can understand, there were several wonderful options to choose from. But I chose to show these based on overall theme of our community. I noticed that there were many multimedia/ video/ sonic art in display. Photography (or many of its variants) are coming in very strong as evidenced by the 'star'/ pull factor of golden boy LaChapelle. Checkbooks were out... last I heard, a Takashi Murakami triptych sold for US2.2M.
Below are other art works that caught my attention..(not captioning anymore, just enjoy or wince.. depending on your poison).. =D This where I added new (bigger dimensions) pix still web friendly.