Art Stage Singapore returns on 21 through 24 January 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016
Art Stage Singapore returns on 21 through 24 January 2016

Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, will return on 21 through 24 January 2016 (Vernissage on 20 January) with a bold new vision for contemporary art from the region. In today’s dramatically changing art world, the Fair’s sixth edition continues to be innovative in market development by matchmaking segmented regional markets and encouraging dialogues about contemporary art. Through its latest programme, Art Stage Singapore references the Roman forum or the agora of ancient Greece, thus positioning the Fair as an intersection that facilitates not merely the exchange of art, but also of ideas.

Art Stage Singapore returns on 21 through 24 January 2016

Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, will return on 21 through 24 January 2016 (Vernissage on 20 January) with a bold new vision for contemporary art from the region. In today’s dramatically changing art world, the Fair’s sixth edition continues to be innovative in market development by matchmaking segmented regional markets and encouraging dialogues about contemporary art. Through its latest programme, Art Stage Singapore references the Roman forum or the agora of ancient Greece, thus positioning the Fair as an intersection that facilitates not merely the exchange of art, but also of ideas.

In its 2016 edition, Art Stage Singapore will introduce the Southeast Asia Forum. An extension of the Southeast Asia Platform exhibitions at the Fair in 2014 and 2015, the Forum aims to break out of purely artistic discussions. Instead, it will emphasise the balance between art, commerce and content within larger society by taking a more focused and deeper view into broad global issues that also affect our immediate region and lives.

Titled Seismograph: Sensing the City – Art In the Urban Age, the Southeast Asia Forum 2016 comprise two symbiotic parts – an exhibition and a talk series, both centred on the theme of urbanisation. Cities not only shape our environments, spaces and interactions; they also shape our roles, functions, ideas, beliefs and identities, on different levels and in different spheres – as individuals, communities and ‘cityzens’. The Southeast Asia Forum makes the case for art to be regarded as part of the urban DNA. In the same vein that designers and planners build and shape cities, art explores visceral depths of human existence and civilisation by making the invisible visible.

Image: Gibson, All The Things You Do to Me (2015), courtesy of Marc Straus LLC and the artist. Source: Art Stage Singapore's Facebook page

Seismograph: Sensing the City—Art In the Urban Age

“The future of art is not artistic, but urban”, speculated Henri Lefebvre in 1970.

By 2050, around three quarters of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities not only shape our environments, spaces and interactions; they also shape our roles, functions, ideas, beliefs and identities, on different levels and in different spheres – as individuals, communities and ‘cityzens’. What is the future of art in the Urban Age?

The Forum makes the case for art to be regarded as part of the urban DNA. In the same vein that designers and planners build and shape cities, art uncovers visceral depths of human existence and civilisation by making the invisible, visible. Contemporary art being a reflection of our time, artists are instrumental to helping us make sense of our milieu.

The Forum will explore the role of artists as seismographs of society’s pulses through an exhibition and a series of talks.

The exhibition features 19 socially engaged artists from Southeast Asia who delve into issues and sentiments relating to extremely rapid urbanisation and to the evolution of contemporary society in their own countries.

More information is here.

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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie‐Thérèse), executed 4 December 1937. Oil on canvas. 24⅛ x 18⅛ in (61.2 x 46.1 cm)

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Femme au béret orange et au col de fourrure (Marie‐Thérèse), executed 4 December 1937. Oil on canvas. 24⅛ x 18⅛ in (61.2 x 46.1 cm)

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