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Exhibition Review: “Agus Suwage: The Theater of Me”

Museum MACAN’s “Agus Suwage: The Theater of Me”, is a major survey exhibition of the work of Agus Suwage, one of Indonesia’s leading contemporary artists, who came to prominence in the mid-to-late 1990s. Curated by Museum MACAN Director Aaron Seeto and refracted through intimate and personal narratives, the work in this exhibition addresses sweeping cultural and political themes. The exhibition includes around 80 works, consisting of major installations, sculptures, paintings, and drawings, and explores the development of Agus Suwage’s work in Indonesia’s Reformasi context.

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A Conversation with Marcel Crespo

Filipino collector and ART SG Advisory Group Member Marcel Crespo talks to ART SG about how his collecting practice has evolved over the years, what he looks out for before acquiring an artwork, and how his perspective has shifted after taking a break from the art circuit during the pandemic.

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Exhibition Review: ‘Crackling for a Piece of the Moon’ and ‘Pro Forma’

ART SG reviews two solo exhibitions at Manila’s The Drawing Room, each reflecting on aspects of Filipino existence: Mark Salvatus’ ‘Crackling for a Piece of the Moon’ and Christina Lopez’s ‘Pro Forma’. With a shared sensitivity to social inequality, Salvatus and Lopez use topography and technology to shine a light on what affects the Filipino way of life, encounters, and experiences.

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Collaboration and Collectivity: Singapore Studio Visits

This June, documenta opens in Kassel. The 15th edition of one of the art world’s most significant events is helmed by Indonesian collective ruangrupa, and is premised on the idea of collaboration and shared resources. ART SG speaks to artists in Singapore whose practices and spaces revolve around these ideas of collaboration and collectivity. 

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A Conversation with Russell Storer

ART SG speaks to Russell Storer as he debuts as Head Curator for International Art at the National Gallery of Australia, after previously serving as Director of the Curatorial and Collections department at the National Gallery Singapore, and overseeing Asian and Pacific art at QAGOMA, Brisbane. In our conversation, Russell discusses the relevance of Southeast Asian art to Australian audiences, lessons from his curatorial practice in both regions, and how art might define and reconstruct prevailing cultural and historical narratives.

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Southeast Asia at the Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale returns this year after a pandemic-induced postponement. The 59th edition of the world’s oldest and largest art biennale will run from 23 April to 27 November 2022, with Cecilia Alemani helming the curated International Art Exhibition titled “The Milk of Dreams”. ART SG looks back at some highlights from previous editions of the Biennale, featuring art and artists from Singapore and Southeast Asia.

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Announcing The Art Assembly

Sandy Angus, Tim Etchells and Magnus Renfrew are delighted to present their joint initiatives under the banner of The Art Assembly. The Art Assembly is an affiliation of major international art fairs comprising some of the most vibrant and influential art events in the Asia Pacific region. These include Taipei Dangdai, India Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai and the forthcoming ART SG (Jan 2023).

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A Conversation with Pinaree Sanpitak

Pinaree Sanpitak is an internationally acclaimed artist who works across various mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. A recurring motif in her art is the ‘breast stupa’, which brings together the sacred Buddhist icon with a universal symbol of femininity, fertility, and sensuality. Distilled into abstractions of vessel and mound, each iteration is expressively different in form and tenor, suggesting the multi-faceted narratives around these familiar symbols. ART SG visits Pinaree in her Bangkok studio, and speaks to her about her practice and upcoming projects, including her participation at the Venice Biennale.

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NATEE UTARIT’S “DÉJÀ VU: WHEN THE SUN RISES IN THE WEST”

Currently on show at the Silpakorn University Art Centre in Bangkok is Natee Utarit’s solo exhibition “Déjà vu: When the Sun Rises in the West”. ART SG’s Tan Siuli walks us through the exhibition, which imagines Buddha’s hypothetical journey to the West, and the possibilities arising from this exchange of cultures.

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