Best of The Artling: Our Year in ReviewByGrace Ignacia See
As 2018 draws to a close, The Artling reflects on how lucky we are to have such a large community of collectors and makers – thank you, we couldn’t have done 2018 without you! 2018 saw The Artling’s 5th anniversary, spent during one of our pop-up exhibitions in Hong Kong. From The Artling Socials to the fairs we’ve partnered with across Asia, to the proud launch of our very own AR feature, read on to find out more about this year’s accomplishments as we wrap up 2018!
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We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have expanded our presence in Asia, having signed more than 300 artists and designers at The Artling, summing our total representation to over 2000 artists. We now additionally work with 200 galleries across Asia, allowing our scope to continue growing exponentially, bettering our understanding of not only the Asian art market but also in giving our clients access to an increasingly wide selection of artists and artworks.
The Artling was proud to aid in commissioning a 6-metre work by contemporary artist Zheng Lu in a new 38-storey development located in the heart of the CBD. Zheng Lu, an artist based in Beijing, creates works that come across as gravity-defying and is also deeply influenced by Chinese calligraphy.
Zouk & Empire, Resorts World Genting, Malaysia
With the recent opening of Empire at Zouk in Genting Highlands, The Artling assisted in commissioning works for this new super club’s space. They took street art as their inspiration, with graffiti-style murals by Andre Tan and wall messages subverting pop culture by Najzil Layin in the restrooms. We’re very excited in the success of this space for the years to come!
Located at Marina Square, co-working space JustCo now has their walls adorned with a stunning mural by local artist Muneera Malek. Working with bold color palettes and a strong influence of pop culture, Malek’s work catches your attention the second you encounter it. The Artling was proud to help coordinate one of Malek’s largest commissions to date.
Commissioned by 8M Real Estate, Singapore artist Chris Chai completed a dragon mural scaling across the wall of a colonial shophouse on Amoy Street earlier this year. Situated on what is now known as ‘Amoy Alley’, Chai’s mural seeks to embody the heritage of the Telok Ayer neighborhood.
Straits Clan takes over a 1970s Singapore-inspired, 22,000 square-foot building on Bukit Pasoh, formerly the New Majestic Hotel. The Artling looked to local contemporaries across an array of mediums and themes so as to adhere to its identity of a club that is “defined by passions, not professions; beyond accolades or achievements”. Together with interior design studio Takenouchi Webb and the team at Straits Clan, The Artling carefully picked out works for Singapore’s newest members club, including pieces by Dawn Ng, Anthony Tan Say Hua, Rizibë, Robert Zhao Renhui, and Victoria Fu.
We understand the struggles of viewing art online, and how customers might be tentative in buying works they haven’t seen up close and in person. Our AR feature helps give a further understanding of all the artworks listed on the platform -- simply download our App, find artworks you love, and ‘place’ it on any wall, to give you a better sense of the scale of the work in your space. This feature even allows you to see the artwork in real time.
Hosting our annual art week afterparty was a ball, as we transformed then newly opened Ann Siang House into an urban oasis, with flowers and foliage provided by the Floral Atelier, and alcohol from Edrington. VIPs from all over the region were in attendance, including Enin Supriyanto, Olivia Lee and Oliviero Bottinelli.
As part of Art Stage Singapore 2018, The Artling presented the inaugural design showcase located within the art fair. With a curated platform of designers from all over Southeast Asia, we featured design objects and limited edition furniture pieces from designers such as AlvinT (Thailand), Apiwat Chitapanya (Thailand), Jinggoy Buensucesco (Philippines), Ministry of Design (Singapore), and many more.
In partnership with Pun+Projects, we presented limited design pieces from 20 designers from all over the region, including India, Korea, Japan, Thailand & more. Our opening night was well attended, with everyone enjoying the design objects in the gallery space in Wong Chuk Hang. For some designers, this was their debut to the Hong Kong design scene, and we are proud to have been a part of broadening the scope of the artists and designers we represent.
Held at Popinjays, a rooftop bar at the Murray in Hong Kong, The Artling teamed up with Hong Kong Tatler and Hublot in hosting our annual party during Art Basel Hong Kong. Special guest Maxime Buchi of Sangbleu Tattoos also held a live tattooing session, with tunes from DJ’s Drafus Chow and Simon Pang who kept spinning well into the wee hours.
To say that it’s been a busy year for our Artzine, would be an understatement - the Artzine had its highest readership in 2018 since its initiation. We saw over 200 articles published by our trusted freelancers who reside not just in Asia but also all over the world. With writers spanning from the United States to Australia, Tokyo to Dubai, our writers have sought out current events and exhibitions in relation to Asian art, bringing you the best of what’s happening around the globe. In 2018, the Artzine covered Asia's major exhibitions and art fairs. We also included interviews with the who’s who of the Asian arts scene, including ArtDrunk’s Gary Yeh, artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, the inaugural Bangkok Biennale Director Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, and so many more.
We’re very thankful to all who have kept up with the Artzine’s articles in 2018, and if you haven’t it’s not too late. Here are our top 3 articles of 2018 for you to catch up on:
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That’s a wrap! We are so excited and can’t wait for what 2019 will bring. Until then browse away, and have a very happy new year!
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