What am I really looking forward to?
-Gilbert & George’s site-specific work on five walls around the VIP area of the fair promises to be one of the key highlights.
-Two new curated platforms, one on Russian contemporary video art (which remains little known in region) curated by Olga Sviblova, the founder and director of the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, who selected works by the often provocative AES Group. The second new platform will be on video art, a less often explored medium at art fairs (because these works tend to be more difficult to sell). This platform’s main selection on Australia is curated by Paul Greenaway with other selections curated by Chi-Wen Huang and Ute Meta Bauer.
-The Southeast Asia Platform curated by Khim Ong will feature 32 artists, many emerging ones.
-A museum like exhibition of French cubist and surrealist André Masson with approximately 30 paintings and 20 works on paper. Initially close to Cubism, Masson turned toward Surrealism and became famous for his experimentations in automatic drawing, paintings, and dripping of sand-layered glue. Mason is considered to have had a major influence on abstract expressionists, particularly Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, who adapted his ‘coulage’ into ‘dripping’.
-Being Human — Figuratism of Sixteen Malaysian Painters, includes works by Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Chong Ai Le and Kow Leong Kiang.
-and of course the public works installations! This year watch out for Contours of a Rich Manoeuvre Series by Suzann Victor, which will have a row of swinging red chandeliers overhanging the crowds walking around the fair, as well as Mystic Abode with its several hundred brass bells by Indian artist Paresh Maity and Fernando Botero’s monumental sculpture, Standing Woman.
In total, 145 galleries are participating at Art Stage this year so what do they have in store for collectors? Click on BLOUIN ARTINFO slideshow to get a sneak preview.