"Blue Waves" by Anthony Poon
"Large Black Triptych" by Joan Miró
"Water Dripping, Splashing" by Zheng Lu
By Maureen Courcenet, Finder Blogger: The Art Maven, and founder of Signé Design.
Art-fever has taken over the nation! Here some sample art-bites to keep your eyes sparkling but your temperature down!
Start with two of our main fairs, to find one piece (at least!) to bring visual joy year-round.
1. Art Stage, well-established showstopper (January 20 to 24):
Image: Art Stage Singapore 2016’s Facebook page
- Be welcomed by the entrance gate, “Netscape” by Thai designer Ploenchan Vinyaratn mixing eastern handwoven textiles with innovative material.
- Be transported by the installation “Nusantara: the Seas will sing and the Wind will carry us” of Singaporean Sherman Ong. He explores the half-fictitious lives of individuals influenced by Southeast Asia’s migratory history as part of the Southeast Asian Forum.
- Call at:
- Artcommune and STPI (Booths F7, C14): enjoyed the National Gallery art hunt? Rummage for more treasures by Singapore’s pioneers and contemporary artists!
- Sundaram Tagore (A7): as water defined this region’s history, experience it in motion with the impressive works of Hiroshi Senju and Zheng Lu.
- Arario Gallery (B10): meet Indonesian Eko Nugroho and Filipino Geraldine Javier and Leslie de Chavez, star-artists with deeply political and religious undertones.
- Galeries Bartoux (C20): travel to Southern Europe with Spanish master Miró.
- Bruno Art Group’s (B17) “nomadic” tent for a tour of Dada, an early 20th century European movement rejecting conventional aesthetics values.
- See how global brands travel:
2. Singapore Contemporary, new kid on the art block (January 21 to 24):
“Mediator” by Dean Reilly (Image: Singapore Contemporary Art Show)
Aiming to fill the mid-range price-gap between Art Stage and Affordable Art Fair, its fun approachable attitude is sure to inspire a newfound love of art in kids and adults alike.
- Delight in live painting demonstrations:
- Brush up on your art with enticing tours such as “Hidden China”, “Japan and Korea Revealed”… Plus kid-friendly ones! Everyday from January 22.
- Browse to your art’s content, the theme of the fair being “A World of Art” with thousands of works on display!
- Discover your homegrown artist: Art teachers await at the Kids Art Studio. Explore at leisure while your little one whips up that prized painting!
- Holding a VIP lounge pass? Discover one of our most acclaimed contemporary artists, Filipino Ronald Ventura, famous for his multi-layered creations as a reflection of his multi-faceted country, in a multi-faceted region.
If putting up a prized bauble on your wall isn’t your thing, and if you just want to live and breathe art.
3. More art events around town:
Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks (Image: Art After Dark)
- Find your inner art-beast in the conceptual jungle of the Fringe Festival. This year’s theme being “Art & the Animal”, feast on a menagerie of works… The wildest promises to be the play “Human Bestiary” on January 22 and 23.
- Travel by proxy through the lens of legendary photographer Steve McCurry at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
- Walk the Art: spot monumental outdoor artworks with “Envision: Sculptures @ the Garden City”.
- Sit back at the Projector: the “Exhibition on Screen” films take you behind the scenes from the Tate to MOMA as they mount exhibitions from Rembrandt to Matisse.
- Pop by arti-licious parties:
- Singapore Art Museum: artworks come to life through roving performers on January 20 and 21 and top underground DJs give you the beat on January 22.
- Gillman Barracks’ Art after Dark: For that one night, revelers fill up the gallery spaces! Mingle with Bianca Jagger and Co in the celebrity-world of Warhol’s Silver Factory recreated by “Social Circus”.
About Maureen Courcenet
A global brand manager for prestigious homecare and beauty brands turned passionate advocate for culture and the arts, Maureen now heads Signé Design Interior Decorating. Signé Design is French for Signed By Design, and the interiors that Maureen creates are a subtle blend of your unique personal style with the studio’s own signature – it’s as delicate a labour of love as the branding of a bottle of perfume. While Maureen’s decorating projects often take her from Europe to Asia and back, this Parisian art-lover also co-heads docent ongoing training and special events at the Singapore Art Museum. Join her on Design Musings.