In essence, however, ART STAGE Singapore 2018 looked outside of art, such as with the inclusion of pieces by Hong Kong jeweller Dickson Yewn, The Artling’s Collectible Design Showcase and ‘A Modern Play’ by self-styled fashion curator Mira Sianipar. These all contributed to the impression that there were fewer conventional galleries this year, and diluted the focus on art that one would expect from ART STAGE.
Art Stage Singapore 2018 saw a few live events, from the Southeast Asia Forum talks by Fernando Botero Jr., Ole Scheeren and William Lim, to the painting performance by artist Miwa Komatsu presented by Whitestone Gallery. On two occasions, during the vernissage and on Saturday afternoon, Komatsu enthralled visitors by transforming a primed canvas and her spectrum of oil paints into texturally vivid planes of emotion.
Despite being a smaller fair, ART STAGE Singapore reported “stronger sales results in all price categories” in its post-fair press release, with some of the artworks purchased through ADITUS, a platform for crypto-affluents. The fair also kept to their commitment to educate the Singaporean audience about art. For one, UOB returned as a main partner of the fair with the UOB Art Space, and presented a display of UOB Painting of Year awardees from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, demonstrating the bank’s continual support of the arts regionally.
All in all, ART STAGE Singapore could have exerted a greater collateral impact on Singapore Art Week, for which it is touted as the anchor event, as well as to the general local public, but it was still an interesting meeting point that brought art enthusiasts together.
Main image: Miwa Komatsu, courtesy Whitestone Gallery.