September 26, 2023


Arts Eternal

Much-delayed art fair Art SG is back on

SINGAPORE – Just after four postponements, artwork fair Art SG is established to debut on Jan 12 next yr.

Its inaugural version will be held at the Sands Expo and Conference Centre, with much more than 150 galleries from 30 nations. Headlining the listing of worldwide galleries are important names these types of as United States-based Gagosian, Pace Gallery and Lehmann Maupin White Dice from London and Axel Vervoordt Gallery from Belgium.

More than 100 galleries will be from Asia or are global galleries with Asia-dependent spaces. There will also be 19 Singapore-based mostly galleries, which include 39+ Artwork Space, Fost Gallery and iPreciation.

The honest will be offered by UBS financial institution and organised by The Artwork Assembly, a joint initiative between 3 art reasonable organisers headed by Mr Sandy Angus, Mr Tim Etchells and Mr Magnus Renfrew.

Mr Renfrew, 46, stated in a statement that Artwork SG will be “South-east Asia’s most selective and biggest art honest to date”.

He added: “The scale and calibre of our inaugural exhibitor list exhibit a sturdy determination and shared perception in the relevance of the art current market in the region.”

The Singapore-primarily based modern art fair was to have debuted in November 2019, but was pushed to Oct 30, 2020, when participants asked for far more time to prepare for it. The pandemic prompted a May possibly 2020 announcement of a postponement to November previous yr, in advance of it was pushed again to January this year.

A year right before the honest was set to open up in 2019, MCH Team, the father or mother corporation of artwork reasonable Art Basel, withdrew from the Art SG consortium.

MCH has, nevertheless, experienced a modify of heart. In January this yr, it introduced it experienced obtained a 15 for every cent stake in Artwork SG.

Mr Renfrew claimed: “Whilst MCH are extremely supportive, they are not involved in the working day-to-working day jogging of the business enterprise.”

Apart from its main galleries sector, Artwork SG will current specialised sectors this sort of as Reframe, for galleries presenting art that is engaged with, designed or introduced using digital technology. This consists of electronic painting, animation, immersive installations, augmented or virtual truth and non-fungible tokens.