News & Views

Buying Malaysian Art

2 August 2013

The latest issue of Personal Money magazine examines the issue of investing in art, posing relevant questions to well-known art collectors who have spent big bucks.

“Is Art A Good Alternative Investment?” is the title of the article by Sarah Voon which examines the prudence of buying art for investment in Malaysia.

Without any sort of regulatory body to guard against fraudulent deals, points out Voon, art buyers are left to conduct their own research and to buy at their own risk – and this is the great “adventure” that is art collecting.

In Pursuit of The Nebula

29 July 2013

The Edge Galerie’s Jolly Koh solo exhibition scheduled from Aug 23-Sept 30 aim to showcase the diversity of the senior artist’s technical prowess and artistic vision that spans six decades.

Entitled Towards The Nebula, the exhibition of 35 new and recent works will chart the progression of Koh’s signature landscape compositions that culminate in his latest Nebula series inspired by the galactic realm.

As one of the leading artists still active since the 1950s, Koh, 72, is regarded as one of the important Modern Art proponents in Malaysia.

Rare appreciation

22 July 2013

In the realm of black-and-white photography, there have been a few passionate photographers who have produced marvellous images of Malaysian vignettes that are rather under-appreciated  in the art world.

The notable personalities who have made their mark include Malaysia’s fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah (1907-79), Datuk Loke Wan Tho (1915-61), and Ismail Hashim (1940-2013).

And continuing the artistic fervour are Soraya Yusoff Talismail, 45, and Eiffel Chong, 36, who represent the current talents in contemporary art photography.

Beauty in black & white

17 July 2013

At first, I see. Then I feel. I reflect. I record.” This is how Malaysia’s foremost black-and-white photographer O Don Eric Peris conceptualises his works.

“The controlling element here is patience,” explains Eric, 74, whose latest, and 34th solo exhibition, Earth, Water, Sky, is being held at Sutra gallery in Kuala Lumpur. It offers 18 works of Malaysia’s rural landscape, spanning 30 years. The exhibition ends on Aug 7.

“1/2 SCENE” – ACAF GROUP EXHIBITION IN CHINA

16 July 2013

Held at Xu Liao Yuan Museum of Modern Art in Chengdu, China between June 8th and July 8th, the recently completed exhibition, A Half Scene organized by Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF)received a remarkable response from many quarters.

Benchmarking art at auctions

10 July 2013

In an era where artists are living to see their wealth, nine living Malaysian artists had their auction records broken at The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale on June 29. The question is, are auction benchmarks a good indicator of market value?

Auction records

9 July 2013

The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale on June 29 established 11 new local records for Malaysian artists. The auction raked in RM2.5 million, with 85% of the 33 lots sold. Of the 11 artists whose works broke records, eight are still living.

Still Looking East

3 July 2013

While art auctions are being held, seemingly almost every other month, new galleries are also popping up in Kuala Lumpur. One of the most interesting is the month-old Project Room Fine Art gallery.

Located at the former Art Case Galleries in the Great Eastern Mall in Kuala Lumpur, the new gallery is the brainchild of budding gallerist Azad Daniel Haris.

According to Azad, who has worked in various art galleries in KL, including Art Case, Richard Koh Fine Art and Petronas, the offer to take over the space occupied by ArtCase proved to be too tempting to turn down.

Auction with caution

3 July 2013

It’s good that more auction houses are coming into play in Malaysia now, remarks RA Fine Arts Gallery owner Raja Ahmad Aminullah.

But it would be constructive, he points out, for the local art scene, if the operators learn from more established auction houses in the region. Like those in Jakarta, Hong Kong and Shanghai, explained the 58-year-old art consultant who has been an art collector for 20 years.  His RA Fine Arts Galley was established six years ago.

“Auction houses must stop treating art like the stock market in the 1980s – like a gambling den,” he exclaims.

RM1/2 million for IX Months

29 June 2013

First Published : 6:00pm, Jun 29, 2013

Last Updated : 2:00pm, Jul 01, 2013

 

The Edge Auction’s inaugural sale today achieved 85% sale by lots fetching RM2.5mil

The highest price paid was for Kuala Lumpur IX Months, a canvas painting by the late Datuk Ibrahim Hussein which sold for RM495,000 inclusive of the buyer’s premium of 10%.