News & Views

Homage to batik painting

6 December 2013

Penang art collector Dr Tan Chong Guan has just opened a batik painting museum on Armenian Street in George Town, displaying over 80 unique batik works of art.

The rare works include Datuk Chuah Thean Teng’s Woman with Basket (circa 1950s) reportedly one of the late artist’s earliest works in existence. Another remarkable batik by Chuah is Feeding Baby (1994), regarded by Dr Tan as one of the batik maestro’s strongest compositions with a powerful female figure.

Artcube’s Grand Plan

3 December 2013

Malaysian art has all the right ingredients to be positioned as one of the major art “industries” in the world, says Azhar Ahmad, co-director of the newly-opened Artcube gallery at The Intermark mall in Kuala Lumpur.

Azhar, 37, together with co-director Fuad Salleh, also 37, are the latest art promoters in town.

Asian Identity at Art Stage Singapore 2014

29 November 2013

Into its 4th edition, Art Stage Singapore 2014 will underscore the fair’s Asian identity with a stronger than ever showing of galleries from Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.

Marina Bay Sands (courtesy of Marina Bay Sands)

Masterpiece by Rembrandt

26 November 2013

Sotheby’s Beijing will be presenting a portraiture piece by Rembrandt (1606 – 1669) Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, at Sotheby’s Beijing Art Week from 28 November to 1 December 2013.

Embracing change in Singapore

25 November 2013

If the World Changed is the theme of the ongoing Singapore Biennale 2013 which brings a sense of the unexpected with many artists from the fringes of Southeast Asian art centres.

Into its fourth edition, the Singapore Biennale is organized by the Singapore Art Museum and is held in eight different venues in the city. It will end on Feb 16, next year.

Korean Rising Star

4 November 2013

Just turned 40, Korean sculptor Osang Gwon hopes to be remembered as the artist who bridged classical sculptures with artworks of the future.

In the world of contemporary art, there are many flash-in-the-pan artists but South Korean sculptor Osang Gwon has been generally hailed as one of the risings stars in Asia with his cut-and-paste photo-sculptures.


1 November 2013

Labyrinths – A Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Ink Paintings by Zeng Xiaojun, will be presented by Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery from November 8 – 24.  A contemporary literati who reinforces the importance of Chinese ink paintings as an iconic art form, the exhibition will feature 22  of Zeng’s extraordinary ink paintings of his renditions of vines, roots, trees and works of art in wood: incarnations of the 1,300-year-old Chinese literati tradition.

Development of Singapore art

30 October 2013

What has Abdullah Ariff, Yong Mun Sen, Chuah Thean Teng, Abdul Latiff Mohidin, Khoo Sui Hoe and even Cheong Lai Tong, got in common with Georgette Chen, Cheong Soo Pieng, Chen Wen Hsi, Chen Chong Swee and Liu Kang?

Their early paintings and those of other pioneer and modern artists of “Malaya” are on show at the National Museum of Singapore in an exhibition documenting the development of “Singapore art”.

Entitled, “A Changed World, Singapore Art, 1950s-1970s, dialogues” the exhibition comes with a free booklet.

Hong Kong Art History Research – Pilot Project Panel Discussion

29 October 2013

This November 9, Asia Art Archive (AAA) and the Hong Kong Museum of Art will jointly present a day of panel discussions that mark the soft launch of Hong Kong Art History Research Pilot Project. The talk will take place at 1/F Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, and will be conducted in Cantonese (with simultaneous translations into English provided).