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Project +50 by PLATFORM...
Surreal photographs capture the island city in an entirely new light in Project +50's photobooks. ...

April 21, 2016

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Four Destination Museums in Asia You Must Visit Before You Die...
If Singapore's art scene isn't enough to satiate your cultural cravings, perhaps it is time to look beyond our shores to some of the best destination museums in Asia....

February 23, 2016

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Jogja Independent Residency...
Jogja Independent Residency Project (JIRP) was initiated in January 2014. JIRP is operated in-sync with Jogja Contemporary (www.jogjacontemporary.net) to support the dynamic of contemporary art practices regionally and internationally. JIRP's aim is to provide networking for their artists in residence, to facilitate the needs of interaction with the local artists, artisans and institutions in Jogjakarta. Their customized program is geared towards establishing a creative network, and endeavors to assist and collaborate with artists, artisans and institutions in the course of their research, projects, presentations or productions. The program aims to build a meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange where an individual can explore his/her practice in a different environment and set of resources. 'Independent' being the operative word, the Artist in Residence is to finance all activities and programs. JIRP facilitates research, the artists in residence, public lecture, artist talk, exhibition and visitation programs. JIRP also provides accomodation, liason officers, assistance in conducting research, interviews or workshops, assistance to meet and interact with local sources through visits, assistance in workshop or creating art work and venues for public lecture, artist talk or exhibitions.   At the moment JIRP is currently hosting:   1. Jorgen Doyle - Hannah Ekin Jorgen Doyle and Hannah Ekin are artist-researchers from Hobart, Tasmania, and members of the Arts Factory collective. They are interested in children’s geographies and architectures of childhood as a means of envisioning more just, more vibrant forms of city life. Another strand of interest is archaeologies of the contemporary past, and a belief in children’s capacities to see unexpected potentials in objects typically disregarded by adults. In doing so, children’s activities can offer critical comment on the built world beyond the immediate site of their activities. Facilitated by the Jogja Independent Residency Project and the ketjilbergerak collective, Jorgen and Hannah have spent the last two months living and working in Kampung Ratmakan. Drawing inspiration from the post-WWII ‘junk playground’ movement, largely built by children themselves from waste materials, they have established a playground based on similar principles. Situated on a plot of largely disused land beside the Kali Code, they have immersed themselves in turning over landfill, sifting soil from the waste, and collecting discarded, re-used and vernacular materials with which to assemble a process-based playground.   2. Kexin Zhang - Margaret Zhang Kexin is an artist, critic and curator.  He met Indieguerrilas and Heri Dono from Jogja when they participated in the 4th Guangzhou Triennale in 2011, and since then has been interested to come and experience Indonesia and Jogja. Coming as a Buddhist in a communist country he wants to experience Indonesia, where the majority of the community is Muslim. He has come with ideas to 'touch' the Koran, and also became interested in the bird cages he finds and sees in most of Asian countries, especially in Jogja.   Zhang is also the pioneer who devoted himself to, and has already accomplished, the establishment of an artistic link between China and the Southeast Asia. In 2011, he was one of the curators of the 4th Guangzhou Triennalle, the most important contemporary exhibition in China. In 2012, he was invited by Thailand’s Silpakorn University as a Visiting Professor. During the past nearly two decades, Zhang’s public image has been established as an outstanding artist with a distinctive style. Not only does he carry out various forms of art like installation, performance, digital imagery, painting, sculpture and new media, he also performs as a contemporary art critic and curator. He has written a great number of academic articles for several well-known international art media and has been the curator of many seriously themed exhibitions in major galleries. Zhang has always been an active and influential figure on Chinese, Southeast Asian and international art stage. He now lives and works in his studios in Beijing and Bangkok. In 2011, Zhang was one of curators at Guangzhou Triennale, where 2 Indonesian artists participated, they are Heri Dono and Indieguerillas. Since then Zhang was eager to visit Indonesia and Jogjakarta in particular. With his wife, Margaret, facilitated by Indieguerillas, Langgeng Art Foundation and JIRP, they had an independent residency on 1 – 30 September 2015. Apart from having ocular and get to know Jogja artists, Zhang had a presentation at IVAA and an exhibition at Langgeng Art Foundation.     For more information on JIRP, please click here.   Text and images from Jogja Independent Residency Project Any views or opinions in the interview are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors. ...

September 19, 2015

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Where to Stay When you're Visiting the Fairs!...
In collaboration with Roomorama, The Artling has put together a list of upcoming art fairs around the world and suggestions on where to stay while you’re in town for the fairs.  KIAF https://kiaf.org/ 7-11 October 2015 COEX, Convention and Exhibition Centre As Korea’s largest art fair, the 14th Korea International Art Fair is a 5 day event held from 7-11 October, at the COEX (Hall A & B) in Seoul. The fair will be open from 1-8pm for all the days, with the exception of the last day where opening hours are from 11am-7pm. This year’s fair will host 180 galleries from 11 countries. Each year, KIAF incorporates their domestic art scene with the diversity of contemporary art from guest countries such as Latin America, India, England, Germany and others, with the aim of revitalising the art market. Japan has been selected for its annual Guest Country feature for 2015. Korea Gangnam Duplex - Studio Apartment in Gangnam-gu, Seoul This studio apartment is located at the heart of Gangnam, within walking distance of shopping, food, tourist attractions and a 24-hour convenience store located right next to the apartment building. It’s 19 minutes away from Seoul COEX by train.  In the vicinity: 1 minute walk from the airport limousine bus stop from Incheon International Airport 2 minute walk from Gangnam Subway Station Line 2 1 minute walk from the local bus station that covers the whole of Seoul 9 minute walk away from Seoul’s famous GT Tower Frieze London https://friezelondon.com/ 14-17 October 2015 Regent’s Park  Frieze London is one of the few fairs to focus solely on contemporary art and living artists. Held at Regent’s Park in London, the fair will be open to the public 14–17 October from 12-7pm daily. An invitation-only preview day will be held on 13 October. Featuring over 160 galleries, the exhibiting galleries represent the most exciting contemporary galleries working today with art from over 1,000 living artists. Visitors can also experience the Frieze Sculpture Park alongside the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme which presents a curated programme of talks, artists’ commission and film projects, encouraging direct engagement with art and artists. London Chalk Farm - 2 Bedroom apartment in Camden, London This cosy 2 Bedroom apartment is located in Camden and is a mere 15 minute tube ride away from Regent’s Park, where the Frieze London will be held. After visiting the fair, walk home to your bright and colorful Victorian terraced house. You’ll recognize yours as the one with the pastel pink door. In the vicinity: KOKO The Blue’s Kitchen Camden Stables Market   Art Basel Miami Beach https://www.artbasel.com/miami-beach 3-6 December 2015 Miami Beach Convention Center  The North American edition of the world’s largest art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach will take place from 3-6 December at Miami Beach Convention Center, open from 3-8pm on the first day and 12-8pm every other day. Over 250 modern and contemporary galleries will participate, showcasing works by over 4000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Furthermore, large-scale artworks, film and performance will be featured at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park. Do not miss the fair’s enormously successful “Nova” sector focusing on recent artistic production! The special section serves as a platform to showcase the latest works by a maximum of three representatives of galleries’ young programmes, usually consisting of never-before-seen pieces that are fresh from the artist’s studio and strong juxtapositions. Miami Setai - 2 Bedroom apartment in Miami Beach, Miami Located in Miami Beach, this magnificent apartment is a 2 bedroom corner suite. It has a large master bedroom, complete with a teak walk-in closet. Floor to ceiling windows offer stunning panoramic views of the ocean and South Beach. After coming back from the Art Basel fair, catch the sunset over the Miami skyline.  In the vicinity: Miami Beach is practically at your doorstep 2 minute walk to Nobu Miami Beach, upscale Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant 11 minute walk away from Miami Botanic Gardens  5 minute drive to Art Deco District, South Beach, and Ocean Drive. You can find the property here: roomorama.com/rooms/107472    Art Fair Philippines https://artfairphilippines.com/ 18-21 February 2016 The Link Founded in 2013, Art Fair Philippines is the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art. The fair will be held from 18-21 February, from 10am-9pm daily at The Link in Makati City. Consisting of more than thirty galleries, it aims to mirror the vibrant local art scene and continue to generate support for Filipino art practitioners. Set in an alternative urban venue, Art Fair Philippines makes art accessible to enthusiasts and to those who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art landscapes. Part of Art Fair’s Philippines’ programme will include a lecture series previously run by Christie’s, entitled “Christie’s Art Forum”, designed to deepen the interest of enthusiasts.  Philippines Cosy Rockwell – 1 Bedroom Apartment in Makati City This vibrant one bedroom apartment is located in Rockwell Center. Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living area, and the swimming pool – perfect for an evening of relaxation after a day of exploring The Art Fair Philippines. Powerpoint Mall, 24-hour convenience stores, trendy bars and restaurants, and more are within walkable distance to the apartment.  In the vicinity:  Powerpoint Mall, great for shopping, is just across the road 24-hour convenience store and variety of bars and restaurants, just a few steps from the building 15 minute drive to The Fort  You can find this property here: roomorama.com/rooms/264041   About Roomorama Roomorama is the largest platform for professionally-managed short term vacation rentals worldwide, with over 300,000 properties to choose from.  Friends of Artling can now enjoy 7% off their Roomorama booking(s) by entering the promo code “Artling7” at the checkout page.      Any views or opinions in the interview are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors. *Note: If any of these images belong to you and would like to be referenced, please do not hesitate to let know and we will happily make the appropriate changes. ...

September 17, 2015

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The Artling Prints Project (A.P.P.)...
In our efforts to share Southeast Asian art with a wider audience The Artling has launched The Artling Prints Project (A.P.P) . Our goal is to bring together a group of artists across the region to create an exclusive limited edition of digital prints. Click through to see all the prints included in our first edition of The Artling Prints Project! “Moonspell” by Albert Yonathan Setyawan 42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7  2015  Edition of 100    “Imaginary Homeland” by Boedi Widjaja  42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″  2015 Edition of 100    “Singtel / 64% / 13:59 / Monday 6 July / Slide to Unlock” by Heman Chong  42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″  2015 Edition of 100    “Master Plan, Print #2″ by Jason Wee 42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″  2015 Edition of 100    “Deep Blue v Kasparov” by Jeremy Sharma  42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″  2015 Edition of 100    “Anahata” by Kumari Nahappan  29.7cm x 42cm / 11.7″ x 16.5″  2015 Edition of 100    “Everyone Says I Love You” by Mariano Ching  42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″  2015 Edition of 100    “Together” by Michael Lee  42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″ 2015 Edition of 100    “Theaters” by Mintio 29.7cm x 42cm / 11.7″ x 16.5″  2015 Edition of 100    “Hilbert Space” by Randy Chan  42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″  2015 Edition of 100    “In the Evening the Dwarves Came Home” by Yasmin Sison  42cm x 29.7cm / 16.5″ x 11.7″  2015 Edition of 100    These artists are critically acclaimed and their original works are a significant investment. For new collectors, this price point may be prohibitive and the A.P.P prints are a fantastic way to begin collecting. Many of the world’s most renowned artists created print series during their careers to experiment with a new medium and reach a wider audience. Picasso, Hockney, Rembrandt and others have created photographic prints and etchings and all varieties of prints in-between to create artist controlled multiples of their work. Fine Art Prints including lithographs, screenprints, digital prints and etchings are a recognised medium in contemporary art. Posters are simply a mechanical reproduction of an original artwork. The A.P.P prints are in a limited edition of 100. Each A.P.P print is hand numbered and accompanied by a Certificate of Authentication. We use archival inks in the printing process and print on high quality papers such as Hahnemuhle 300gsm. You will find many of these artists’ works in Museums in Asia and beyond and it is a privilege to work with them on this project. - Tolla Duke Sloane (Curator)   Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.  ...

September 09, 2015

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How to Successfully Invest in Art - I...
I do not wish to measure art in purely dollar terms so I would like to clarify what I mean by “invest”. There are two Oxford English Dictionary definitions of Invest: (i) Put money into property with the expectation of receiving a profit; and (ii) Devote one’s time, energy and money to an undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result When I say that anyone can successfully invest in art I refer to definition (ii). By investing in art with your time, money and enthusiasm you achieve a worthwhile result: the knowledge and pleasure found in art itself. With this approach, over time, you’ll become a connoisseur. Through connoisseurship you are very likely to meet definition (i) and receive a profit. I am not an economist, however, you can look at art investment from the famed Warren Buffet’s perspective without having to squeeze art into one of the traditional asset classes (Melanie Gerlis demonstrates the difficulties of doing this in her analysis Art as An Investment – A Survey of Comparative Asset Classes). Warren Buffet advocates investing in companies that you wish to be part of for a lifetime and calls it “value investing”. He invites investors to research all aspects of a company including the CEO and to spend a significant portion of time as an investor, thinking. If you invest in artists by honing your knowledge, understanding their ideas and future plans, their management and their other investors and support them over the course of their career, your art collection will likely become something of immense value to pass on to your children. This is very different from trading or flipping or following “hot” art trends. There is no short cut to connoisseurship and it does take time, energy and money. Talking to artists, other collectors, curators and art advisors and using the plethora of information available on the internet will increase the pace of learning. A collector friend of mine shared this wonderful anecdote with me. He has placed a large painting by an artist he knows well where his television used to be. He now comes home after a hard day at work and sits down with a whiskey to look at the painting instead of watching TV. Each evening it intrigues him, inspires him and allows him to relax and unwind. —————————————————————————————————————————- Director / Curator / Art Advisor  Any views or opinions in the interview are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors....

July 23, 2015

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Will the Rise in Swiss Franc Impact the Art Market?...
With a 30% rise in the value of the franc against the euro, costs of luxury Swiss brands such as Rolex have increased. The move has hit the tourism industry, the watch industry and currency traders but seems unlikely to impact the global art market. The Swiss art fair, Art Basel, is the epicentre of the global art scene and it looks as though the local currency shift will have little impact on business there.  The costs of attending Art Basel, as a gallery and as a collector, will increase, however, art work prices will remain constant as they are listed in US dollars and euros. At this level, a small increase in travel, hotel and other costs is unlikely to deter collectors and galleries visiting one of the most prestigiousfairs in the world.  In addition, collectors holding Swiss francs will have increased spending power when buying works priced in US dollars or euros. The franc has strengthened about 9.6% against the US dollar and 13% against the euro since the Swiss National Bank scrapped its cap in January.  Image from MySwitzerland.com   We spoke to Singapore-based, Swiss art dealer, Frédéric de Senarclens of Art Plural Gallery, for his perspective. He was upbeat and does not think the rise will negatively impact the art market.  We asked him specifically if collectors and galleries might prefer Art Basel Hong Kong over Art Basel this year, as a result of increased costs in Switzerland.   “I doubt it. Art Basel is unique. Collectors see Art Basel as the premier art fair with strong gallery selection and will want to be part of it. Asian galleries are unlikely to be deterred by this rise as there is a different collector profile. Asian galleries will still want to go if they can, regardless of increased costs of attending.”  Now the dust has settled on the news that startled markets in January, it seems the impact will be felt very lightly in the art world. Meanwhile, the euro is falling against Asian currencies, making art works from European-based galleries better value for Asian collectors.  Watch this space for our reports on Art Basel Hong Kong in March.  Any views or opinions in the interview are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors. ...

February 26, 2015

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Opening of New Rossi & Rossi Gallery in London...
Rossi & Rossi, one of the world’s leading dealers specialising in Classical and Contemporary Asian Art, opened the doors of its prestigious new London gallery at 27 Dover Street on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The opening reception was attended by more than 200 guests including curators of major British art institutions, as well as from the Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, together with members of the international art community, plus friends and family. Installation view of the new gallery space. Image courtesy of Azeez Khan Photography   Director Fabio Rossi said: “We are delighted to have inaugurated our elegant new London premises. Everybody loved the new space and the great location in the centre of Mayfair. We opened with a selection of exceptional classical treasures for which Rossi & Rossi is so renowned. The antique pieces were effectively displayed alongside works by three contemporary Tibetan artists, Kesang Lamdark, Tenzing Rigdol and Tsherin Sherpa, and successfully demonstrated an exciting fusion of past and present artistic traditions and influences. Several solo exhibitions are planned in the London gallery during Rossi & Rossi’s 30thanniversary years featuring contemporary Asian artists including Pakistani artist Faiza Butt (December 12, 2014-January 17, 2015), Tibetan-American Palden Weinreb (February 5–March 27), Christopher Doyle (April 17–May 15), Gade (June 5–July 10), Naiza Khan(October dates TBC) and a combined exhibition entitled Active Blur with works by Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (December 4– January 15, 2016). Fazia Butt, Erosion 10, 2014, inkjet print and inkjet drawing on archival cotton paper. Image courtesy of the artist and Rossi & Rossi About Rossi & Rossi: Over the past three decades Rossi & Rossi has established an international reputation for handling only the finest and rarest examples of Indian and Himalayan art, as well as early Chinese and Central Asian textiles and works of art. Since 2005 the gallery has been successfully nurturing emerging artists from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, with a special focus on Tibet, with the aim of bringing them to a broader audience. In 2013 Rossi & Rossi expanded its operations by opening a space in Hong Kong. London: Rossi & Rossi 27 Dover Street London W1S 4LZ Hong Kong: Rossi & Rossi Unit 3C, Yally Industrial Building 6 Yip Fat Street Wong Chuk Hang Hong Kong   info@rossirossi.com www.rossirossi.com ...

December 11, 2014

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Gillman Barracks Turns Two!...
This September, Gillman Barracks turns two! A former military camp, Singapore’s premier contemporary arts cluster will play host to a series of exciting events and initiatives in the weeks ahead. Home to 17 international art galleries, the Centre for Contemporary Art and 3 restaurants and bars - this week, the team at The Artling has taken the liberty to select key events and highlights for you and your family to enjoy, so don’t miss out on the festivities! Part two next week, The Artling will present a snap shot of the must-see gallery shows in Gillman Barracks - stay tuned! Anniversary Party – Friday, 26th Sept from 6pm till late Gillman Barracks will be transformed into a mini-festival village for a night filled with exhibitions, public art, live music performances, a local maker pop-up market, food and bar stalls! Admission to all exhibitions and events are free, so come join us for a night of revelry! Courtesy of Silverlens   DRIVE – Public Art Installation The first-of-its-kind public art project presented by the Gillman Barracks Association will launch end of September and run for four months. DRIVE aims to transform the pristine facades of the Barrack’s colonial buildings with outdoor art installations by the galleries, international artists and members of the public. Check out www.artdrive.com.sg  for more info!   FOM Tours Friends of the Museums offers free guided tours to provide an introduction to the world class contemporary art works, and share the rich history of the ex-military camp site. Take a walk and uncover this treasure trove of art and history! Next tour is on Friday, 26th Sept at 5pm, meet at Blk 9. Pls register at:  www.gillmanbarracks.com/tours Courtesy of Gillman Barracks    More in November! For family and kid-friendly fun, check out The Big Draw! On 8th – 9th November, Playuem will present their annual award-winning flagship event called The Big Draw! that focuses on play-based programming in the arts, technology and design for children. The second edition of Singapore Art Book Fair, jointly organized by BooksActually and HJHER will take place from 14th – 16th November. Back by popular demand, the Fair will present at least 50 vendors and fringe activities such as film screenings, talks and workshops. So watch this space!   Centre for Contemporary Art presents Theatrical Fields – Critical Strategies in Performance, Film and Video Developed as a research project by CCA Director Ms Uta Meta Bauer, Theatrical Fields examines forms of artistic practice and explores the analytical and political potential of theatricality through various manifestations ranging from an exhibition to public presentations, film programme to live performance. This exhibition brings together major video installations by internationally acclaimed artists including Judith Barry, Stan Douglas, Joan Jonas, Isaac Julien, Constanze Ruhm. The exhibition was commissioned by and presented at the Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden in 2013. Admission to CCA is free.   Courtesy of Gillman Barracks   ...

September 26, 2014

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Big Museum, Big Art, Big Vision...
As Shanghai’ s contemporary art scene continues to expand, the long awaited opening of Budi Tek’s Yuz Museum last week brings a major additional milestone to China’s Museum era. ...

May 24, 2014

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