Must See - The Parkett collection @ STPI, Singapore

The Singapore Tyler Print Institute is putting on a comprehensive retrostpective of over 200 rare edition works done for Parkett, one of the best contemporary art publications. The Swiss-based magazine regularly invites artists to collaborate to make work on pages bound into the magazine, as well as with three dimensional works that can be bought by subscribers.
While I love being submerged by Asian art, there is something very refreshing in seeing small format works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhold, Ai Weiwei and Tracy Emin. This is the type of exhibition that makes you think: What is contemporary art? I admit some of the works I loved and some left me completely cold, in a 'you must be kidding' frame of mind. Highlights include Hirst's ping-pong ball hovering on the hot air of a hair dryer, Koon's iconic inflatable yellow sculpture, Ai's handy gilded fly swatter, Warhol's absurd photo print of skeletons... but my favorite is Kapoor's spatial funnel contraption made of red stocking inside plexiglass. Unfortunately, photos don't do the works justice. This collection had been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 2001 and travels to the STPI from the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan.

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