Is There Still Hope for Gillman Barracks? Yes, and this is why.
Thursday, September 1
Following their participation Alecia Neo has exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum while Lavender Chang has been included in group shows with Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York and at Mizuma Gallery in Singapore, and Zhang Fuming is preparing for a solo exhibition with AC43 Gallery (previously Art Commune Gallery). Furthermore, well-known Japanese collector Daisuke Miyatsu, dubbed the “salary-man collector, has selected work by Hilmi Johandi for his collection, and one of last year’s winners, Ezekiel Wong Kei Win, is soon to opening a group show at Mizuma Gallery in Singapore.
The aim of the annual program is to recognize, nurture, and promote three or four artists in Southeast Asia through a solo show for each artist curated by ION Art Gallery curator Seah Tzi-Yan. Each of the selected artists is given eight to 10 months to create works that are finally presented at ION with each artist given a dedicated space.
The four artists selected in 2015/2016 — Chong Yanhong, Holeng, Justin Lim, and Yo Jian Long — are all Singaporeans and their works can now be seen at ION Art gallery at the ION mall.
Monday, August 29
Iskandar Jalil is something of a purist. Don’t refer to the master potter as an artist; he is first and foremost a craftsman who believes his ceramic creations should be, above all, functional. “I’m only interested in pottery. A lot of ceramic artists actually they can’t do pottery,” he muses with justifiable pride in his work.
Visitors attending the exhibition “Iskandar Jalil: Kembara Tanah Liat” (Clay Travels), opening on September 1 at the National Gallery of Singapore, will however recognize the artistry in his functional objects. The major retrospective, the first broad survey of his practice over 50 years (from the 1960s onwards), presents 180 creations that showcase his mastery of colors and beauty of form with just the right dose of whimsical detailing to keep you intrigued.
Wednesday, August 17
Wednesday, August 3
Though not linked to the Singapore Biennale 2016, opening in October and curated around the theme of "An Atlas of Mirrors" in reference to the similarities and differences between people and across cultures, the Singapore Art Museum is opening an exhibition mapping the seas, which could be a prelude to the biennale.
Wednesday, June 15
Very little is known about Lai Teck, the Secretary General of the Malayan Communist Party between 1939 and 1947; even his real name is a matter for debate as he had 50 other alias. Yet he played a key role in post-war Malaya as a triple agent, working first for the French and British secret forces, and then with the Japanese Kempeitai during the years of the Malayan Occupation.
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Thursday, December 24
During his lifetime, Singaporean artist Chua Ek Kay enjoyed a level of critical acclaim that few other local artists have experienced, and yet a his work had never been given a full museum survey. The ‘Chua Ek Kay: After the Rain’ exhibition, at the recently opened National Gallery Singapore, goes some way to remedying this by bringing together over 60 pieces by the artist, who passed away in 2008.
Thursday, December 17
Widely considered as one of the great Chinese ink masters of the 20th century, Wu Guanzhong was also an accomplished oil painter, spending the first part of his career fully dedicated to the medium. A major new retrospective opening on Thursday at the National Gallery Singapore, ‘Beauty Beyond Form,’ provides a comprehensive insight into Wu’s prolific career, presenting examples of the large ink works he started producing in his 50s along with some of his earlier oil paintings.
Friday, December 11
The National Gallery Singapore is officially opening its doors on November 24, but for the last couple of weeks, some members of the public and media have already had an opportunity to explore two permanent galleries in a ‘soft opening’ to allow museum officials to study the public flow through the vast building and iron out any quirks.
Thursday, December 10
The National Gallery Singapore will open at the end of November, but some members of the media have already been treated to a sneak preview of the DBS Singapore Gallery, where 400 artworks illustrate the evolution of art in Singapore from very early representations of an exotic tropical paradise in the 19th century to the emergence of the Nanyang art movement in the 1950s and the development of a contemporary art scene.
Monday, October 12
Monday, September 7
At 77 years old, Daniel Buren has lost none of his disruptive streak and continues to talk frankly. The celebrated French conceptual artist is in Singapore for Cabanons, a performance project that blends circus acts with contemporary art in simultaneous performances in three pod-like colourful tents erected close to each other. As is often the case with his works, Cabanons is spatially audacious, with the performers at times partly hidden by suspended striped door frames, white mosquito nets, or large mirrored planes.
Friday, May 1
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Wednesday, December 31
Singapore is celebrating its 50th year as an independent nation in 2015 and this provides an opportunity to show how far the city-state has come from its time as a “cultural desert.”
In recent years, the visual arts have flourished in Singapore, as an art and business with the strong support of the government both direct and indirect; from the setting up of Gillman Barracks as a gallery hub in 2012 to the establishment of numerous — some even argue too many — art fairs. The artistic community is thriving as never before with local artists increasingly invited overseas to participate in biennales, or being represented by international galleries in major art capitals around the world.
To join in the celebrations, BLOUIN ARTINFO selected 50 artists, particularly focusing on the newest generation. The list is by no means exhaustive:
Thursday, December 25
French painter Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey has just opened an exhibition of new works at Opera Gallery in Singapore around the theme of “The Messengers.”