Following the successful inaugural edition in January 2016, the expanded 2nd edition of Singapore Contemporary returns on January 19 – 22 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. While Art Stage Singapore will present less exhibitors this time, Singapore Contemporary will present 30 % more exhibitors than last year.
Taking place on January 19 – 22 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, the show will feature artists from over 25 countries presenting a wide-ranging collection of high-quality, collectable artworks presented in uniquely curated sectors: Photo17 Singapore, Latin American Voices, Artist Dialogues, China Encounters and Gallery Projects. The vibrant and diverse range of works on exhibit will include investment-grade art with a strong secondary market and auction following, plus those by career artists, whose works are included in private and public collections, and some of the world’s most promising up-and-coming artists.
A truly exceptional art experience is in store for visitors in January, with an increased line-up of 88 regional and international exhibitors, an impressive array of 13 experiential art installations and the opportunity to meet some of the world’s most interesting artists. Spread over 6,000 square meters of state-of-the-art space, the 2017 show invites collectors and art buyers from across Asia to browse and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography, and to participate in an enriching program of complimentary talks, tours and live painting demonstrations.
New to the 2nd edition will be Photo17 Singapore and Latin American Voices, two standout features that tap into the current pulse of the contemporary art market. With Photo17 Singapore, visitors will be able to view an impressive range of photographic works by renowned photographers such as Daido Moriyama, learn about the variety of steps involved in creating art photography and understand the increasing importance of photography as a collectable medium. Latin American Voices presents a stunning series of artworks from across the Americas, including works that draw from the long-standing artistic traditions of the region and sculptures by Pablo Atchugarry and Gustavo Vélez who both have had great success at auction at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips.
“It’s going to be a spectacular show”, says Show Director Douwe Cramer, “We’ve had a more than 30% increase in exhibitors joining the 2017 show, and the range, diversity and quality of exhibitors, artists and artworks will be truly exceptional. We are very excited to present a ‘world of art’ to Singapore and our new sectors reflect the current movements in the contemporary art market. Markets fluctuate, and our goal is to move with the times and present the best artworks in a wide range of prices so that no matter how the market moves, there will always be works that fit into people’s budgets.”
Cramer continues, “Photography, for example, is becoming more and more popular and sought-after by collectors, with photo-centred art fairs popping up across many Asian cities. And Latin American art may be still new to Asia, but in other parts of the world, collectors are snapping up paintings, sculptures and photography from the region. Christie’s November Latin American Art sale broke seven sales records! So, we feel confident that our show will provide collectors new ground for acquisitions, and an exciting art experience for visitors and art enthusiasts alike.”
Debuting in January will be Photo17 Singapore, Singapore Contemporary’s curated photography sector, which will illustrate the growing importance of photography as an artistic medium and collectable art form. The pavilion will showcase works by over 30 unique artists in both gallery booths and wall space curated in four diverse yet overlapping divisions: Documentary, Fine Art, Conceptual and Mixed Media Photography. The exhibition will emphasise that photography is about more than just photo-taking, it is about photo-making. From conception to final print, the myriad processes involved make this medium highly innovative.
LATIN AMERICAN VOICES
Bringing a taste of Latin American art to the region, Singapore Contemporary 2017 is delighted to present “Latin American Voices”, a special exhibition spread across 244 square meters of curated space showcasing more than 25 artists from across Latin America, including Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Chile. This singular exhibition will present emerging, mid-career and established artists whose collectable works hang in prestigious institutions across the Americas, and offer Singaporeans a unique opportunity to see an incredible array of stunning works that capture the heart and soul of the Americas.
ARTISTS IN ACTION – DAILY LIVE PAINTING DEMONSTRATIONS
Visitors to the Show will be able to see artists in action with live painting demonstrations. This year’s exciting line-up presents five very distinct artists whose works range from the abstract and spiritual to the fantastical and expressive. Artists will be available to take questions after their demonstrations. Registration will be at the Live Painting Demonstrations counter at 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
COMPLIMENTARY ART TOURS FOR ADULTS
Covering a variety of art-related subjects and geographical regions, Singapore Contemporary’s enriching and diverse program of Art Tours takes visitors on a journey of artistic discovery. Experienced docents, many from the National Gallery and the Singapore Art Museum, will delve deeper into the artworks on show, providing context and background, and engaging seasoned and young collectors in a conversation about today’s contemporary art world.
Friday January 20th: 1.30 / 2.30 / 3.30 / 4.30 / 5.30pm
Saturday January 21st: 1.30 / 2.30 / 3.30 / 4.30 / 5.30pm
Sunday January 22nd: 1.30 / 2.30 / 3.30pm
COMPLIMENTARY YOUTH PROGRAMS
An enthusiastic welcome is in store for the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts at Singapore Contemporary! Hoping to kick-start a life-long love of art, children can take part in the Macey & Sons Kids Art Studio or the Macey & Sons Kids Art Tours, both partnering with Little Artists Art Studio.
Friday January 20th: 4pm / 5pm
Saturday January 21st: 12noon / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm
Sunday January 22nd: 12noon / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm
THE SOVEREIGN ART CHARITY STUDENTS PRIZE, SINGAPORE 2017
Celebrating young artistic talent in Singapore, the winners of the Sovereign Art Charity Students Prize will be announced by Sovereign Art Foundation Managing Director Tiffany Pinkstone and Sovereign Management Services Pte. Ltd Managing Director Andrew Galway at Singapore Contemporary during the show’s Vernissage. The Charity aims to underscore the importance of art in education and to foster the next generation of creative minds. Visitors are invited to view the shortlisted and winning works by students from local secondary schools and art institutions, and to vote for their favourite at the display in the entrance area.
Thursday January 19, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Thursday January 19, 5.30pm – 9pm
CÉ LA VI ART NIGHT
Friday January 20, 5.30pm – 9pm
And the party continues from 10pm with the official After Party at CÉ LA VI
Friday January 20, 12pm – 5:30pm
Saturday January 21, 11am – 7pm
Sunday January 21, 11am – 6pm
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 4, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore
Singapore Contemporary opens this Thursday.
We have 50 pairs of VIP invitations for our readers!
Singapore Contemporary generously offers 50 pairs of complimentary VIP Invitations for the first 50 applicants! The invitations include access to the exclusive Vernissage on Thursday, January 19th, from 5.30pm (and a complimentary drink); access to the show on Friday or the weekend; and a fabulous program of complimentary tours, talks and activities for adults and children.
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