2018 sees Art Jakarta celebrating their first decade since its first edition on 2009, having developed and established itself as the most distinguished art fair in Indonesia and the region.
Inaugurated as the first art fair in Indonesia 10 years ago, Art Jakarta continues to encompass all stakeholders, from artists, galleries, collectors, and art enthusiasts, allowing them to serve as a platform in the expansion of Indonesia’s art market and the uncovering of new talent.
Sekejap sirna... membagikan Kenangan dan Harapan by Ipan Lasuang, collection of Element Art Space. Photo courtesy of Art Jakarta 2018.
Art Jakarta accredits its strong position, support and participation to its official and private partners. Mainly, how the Indonesian Government has opened opportunities for young artists to present their works at the fair, thereby allowing for them to be discovered by the masses.
PHP (Empty Promises) by Antoe Budiono, collection of Art Xchange. Photo courtesy of Art Jakarta 2018.
During its 2017 edition, Art Jakarta noted the attendance of over 47,000 visitors; where nearly 80% of all artworks exhibited sold during the fair’s four opening days. What was recognized with more prominence were emerging forces of the youth in the form of an overflow of works by young artists. Described as a “regeneration of the arts”, the vibrancy of these youths lingered on past the fair’s conclusion.
When asked about why she finds herself returning to Art Jakarta year after year, Audrey Yeo, founder of Singaporean gallery Yeo Workshop, said it was due to "excellent reviews from other galleries". She further stated, "Art Jakarta is in an amazing central location, so it attracts a lot of attention from the public. Also, one of the best things about the Indonesian market is its circle of young supportive and interested collectors. It's always exciting to meet them!"
Terragouging by Maryanto, collection of Yeo Workshop. Photo courtesy of Art Jakarta 2018
For their 2018 installment, Art Jakarta looks at presenting programs by collaborating with local and international partners. This includes art activities in malls, performances, projects with artists, and talks as well as workshops.
Introspection by Erizal As, collection of Gajah Gallery. Photo courtesy of Art Jakarta 2018
Art Jakarta will take place from 2-5 August 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place, at the same location since its first edition.
Here are some of The Artling's partner galleries exhibiting at this year's edition:
Art Xchange Gallery
Art Xchange Gallery will be representing Antoe Budiono. Born in Malang, his hyper realistic paintings will be dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Indonesia's modern and contemporary art.
Chan + Hori Contemporary
Exhibiting for the very first time, Chan + Hori Contemporary will be presenting works by Lugas Syllabus. Lugas draws from ideas found in parables, anecdotes and traditions, creating visual and symbolic intensities that reflect our contemporary realities
Also exhibiting for the first time is Wei-Ling Gallery, who will be representing Klang-born artist Yau Bee Ling. Yau's works centre around themes of identity and womanhood, occasionally set against motifs of home, heirlooms, and food, imbuing her works with a sense of intimacy.
Gajah Gallery will be unveiling fresh new pieces by distinguished Indonesia-based artists. These include Ashley Bickerton, Erizal As, Fika Ria Santika, Jigger Cruz , Li Jin, Mangu Putra, Mujahidin Nurrahman, Rudi Mantofani, Sabri Idrus, Semsar Siahaan, and Yunizar.
Mizuma Gallery will be located at booth D1, representing artists Agan Harahap, Angki Purbandono, Eguchi Ayane, Entang Wiharso, Farid Stevy Asta, Gilang Fradika, Heri Dono, I Made Djirna, Indieguerillas, Iswanto Soerjanto, Iwan Effendi, and Yoga Mahendra.
Yeo Workshop plan to present a curated booth on landscape: new works by Maryanto, abstract paintings by Cole Sternberg, and robotic sculptures by Tuan Mami. This trio will feature works with focus on the environment through either comical, critical or poetic perspectives as we tide out the Trump era and all of its built-in denial of global warming.
Clear Gallery Tokyo
Situated at Booth B9, Clear Gallery Tokyo will be presenting works by Jakarta based artist Ruth Marbun. Marbun's works combine her passion for art, fashion and literature through its play on medium. Canvases are often layered to create three-dimensional textures, words and titles highlighted. A seemingly mundane literary expression often disguises layers of wit and humour.
For more information on Art Jakarta 2018, click here
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