Art Stage Singapore Closes 4th Edition on a Record High
Singapore, 19 January 2014 â€“ Art Stage Singapore, the flagship Asian art event, closes its fourth edition today in a buoyant mood with an increase in overall visitorship figures and with participating galleries reporting significant sales. A total of 45,700 visitors visited Art Stage Singapore 2014 from 15th â€“ 19th January.
Southeast Asia has embraced Art Stage Singapore as its big art event. â€œWe are especially humbled by the overwhelming response we received at our fair preview and Vernissage which saw a total of 14,600 visitors. I would like to thank all our local partners, the Singaporean public as well as regional and international visitors for their continued support of Art Stage Singapore,â€ says Lorenzo Rudolf, Founder and Fair Director, Art Stage Singapore.
During the five day event, most of the 158 exhibitors from around the globe gave a thumbs-up to the presentation and visitorship of the 2014 edition. Ursula Krinzinger of Galerie Krinzinger is a first time exhibitor who is pleased with the quality conversations and contacts she has made, she has sold the works of Sakshi Gupta, Secundino Hernandez, Waqas Khan and Zhang Ding. Encouraging sales figures are reported by top galleries, to highlight a few, Michael Schultz Gallery sold a Gerhard Richter at EUR580,000; Lin & Lin Gallery sold a Zao Wuo-Ki at USD1.2 million to a local collector; Sundaram Tagore Gallery sold Navy Blue March 13 2006 by Donald Sultan at USD402,000; Galerie Perrotin sold Jean-Michel Othonielâ€™s Kokoro at EUR150,000; Galleria Continua sold Anthony Gormleyâ€™s Small Prop II at GBP135,000; Tomio Koyama Gallery sold 4 works by Yoshitomo Nara at SGD11,000 each; Ikkan Art Gallery sold 20 works by teamLab and Naoko Tosa at a total of USD550,000. The demand for entry-level works by emerging artists proved to be strong, and many sales were made in this segment of the market.
The Platforms - curated sales exhibitions featured Southeast Asia, Australia, Central Asia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan received critical acclaim from collectors, artists, art professionals as well as general fair visitors, with many noting that the Platforms have met the objective of providing a contextual understanding of the art scenes in Asia. Sold pieces include Qiu Zhijieâ€™s The Politics of Laughing at SGD80,000 (Galleria Continua); Jane Leeâ€™s 50 Faces at USD66,000 (Sundaram Tagore Gallery).
The success of the Platforms is also reflected in the high attendance rates of the Platform Tours that were organised to offer visitors in-depth curatorial insights into each country and regional Platform.
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Endorsement from exhibitors:
â€œArt Stage Singapore is the best way to get into the Asian art world.â€
David Lin, Lin & Lin Gallery, Taipei
â€œTwo out of three clients I met at the fair were new.â€
Ikkan Sanada, Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore
â€œThe fair is ideal to meet new collectors, particularly international buyers.â€
Biantoro Santoso, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta
â€œGreat opportunities to meet collectors from the entire Southeast Asiaâ€.
Jeffrey Lee, Longmen Art Projects, Shanghai (first time exhibitor)
Endorsement from collectors:
â€œThis year, we see new developments like the platforms and museum-like curated exhibitions, for example, the Taiwan platform curated by Rudy Tseng. Itâ€™s amazingâ€¦.Every year, I meet artists from many other countries whom I do not previously know such as the artists from China. Through the fair, I got to know more about the artistsâ€™ works and hence, become more aware of what is happening in the art scene regionally and internationally.â€
Dr. Oei Hong Djien, Indonesian art collector
â€œArt Stage Singapore always brings in new artists whom I do not know about, not only from my specialty â€“ Chinese art â€“ but from other parts of Asia and Southeast Asia. It is also a place to get to know the artists, and learn more about them and their worksâ€¦.I think it is a good idea to have Platforms because it is a way to distinguish Art Stage Singapore from other art fairs. Another distinguishing factor is the mix of galleries and I hope Art Stage Singapore will continue doing so while keeping its focus on art from Southeast Asia. I think thatâ€™s their unique selling point, which they should build on.â€
Uli Sigg, collector and researcher of Contemporary Chinese art
â€œThe concept of the Platforms is an interesting one because it gives one the experience of being in a museum as opposed to a gallery booth. It allows one to experience and engage with the artworks in a different way. The country and regional Platforms allows one to experience the works by both established and emerging artists. It is also very educational â€“ as one goes through the Platforms, they get to experience a diverse range of art from different countries, even within the same region.â€
Kim and Lito Camacho, Filipino art collectors