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After five years of hosting Southeast Asia's premier fair, Art Stage Singapore has finally launched a publication that synthesises their expertise and knowledge gathered throughout their travels through the region. Titled, CATALYST, the publication is a collection of perspectives from artists, collectors, gallerists, institutions, as well as non-art professionals and includes market reports, trends, conversations with collectors, as well as a pull-out guide to the Southeast Asia Forum that features at this year's fair.

The Artling had an exclusive look at some of the content -- it's a definite must-have for all art lovers out there!


Pablo Espinel, Director of Partnerships and VIP Relations tells us more about what to expect from CATALYST and how the publication came about.

Pablo Espinel,  Director of Partnerships and VIP Relations for Art Stage Singapore
Image courtesy of Art Stage Singapore

This year Art Stage has released a publication that offers an insider's perspective on the contemporary Southeast Asian art scene. Tell us more about why Art Stage decided to publish CATALYST and what we can expect from it?

After 5 years of continuously presenting the most successful art fair in Southeast Asia, it was a very natural development. In our continuous travels throughout the region we were approached by many people who appreciated the job we were doing and told us that we should systematize and share the knowledge we gather. And so we started playing with the idea, we felt that we were indeed in a position to share the particular expertise gathered in our trips through the region when meeting with artists, collectors, gallerists, as well as non-art professionals who shared their fresh perspectives. However, we didn’t want for CATALYST to be an academic undertaking, we didn’t want it to have an “Ivory Tower” look and feel, to be a publication for art insiders.

The Southeast Asia Forum pull-out

So I think that with CATALYST we found an avenue to share this particular expertise and our perspective on what makes Southeast Asia a special place in the art world. The idea was to appeal also to people who are curious to know more about what’s going on in Asia at large and Southeast Asia in particular, in terms of contemporary art. CATALYST has something for everyone: it presents a collection of 17 market reports providing insights into the Asian art market and uncovering art market trends in the Asia-Pacific. At the same time, it also profiles collectors, art institutions and “hidden gems” from around Southeast Asia, such as the independent San Art space in Saigon.

We are also very proud of our rigorous editing process - a legacy of my time at Newsweek in NYC - to ensure authenticity, cohesiveness and relevance. We want to expand CATALYST in the future and include more countries, more stories and more exciting perspectives and to continue to underscore Art Stage Singapore's active role in the Asian and Southeast Asian art scenes!


The Deluxe edition of CATALYST
A feature on the development of art institutions in Southeast Asia

 CATALYST is now available for purchase at SGD$ 35 for a Deluxe Edition (featured here) and the Collectors' Limited Edition SGD$ 45. Each copy comes with a unique canvas bag designed by Indonesian artist Heri Dono. Contact to reserve a copy today!

Art Stage Singapore 2016 is open to the public from Thursday, 21 January till Sunday, 24 January 2016 (with a VIP Vernissage preview on 20 January) at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. More details available here.

The Artling is a Strategic Media Partner of Art Stage Singapore 2016. 

For more articles about Art Stage click here.


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.

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