Group Show Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints at STPI, Singapore12 July 2014 - 13 September 2014

STPI is proud to present “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints” which reveals the powerful allure of Ukiyo-e prints from Edo Japan (1615-1868) and Ukiyo-e inspired works in today’s globalised world. This specially curated exhibition of over 60 works from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), National Heritage Board and STPI brings a kaleidoscopic view of Japan’s influence on popular culture then and now. Showing for the first time in Southeast Asia, this exhibition continues STPI’s commitment to bring world-class art collections celebrating the art of print and paper, to audiences in Singapore.
Ukiyo-e (‘ukiyo’–floating world, ‘e’–pictures) is a popular art form of woodblock prints and paintings that reflect the daily life and common interests of people in Edo and major cities in Japan. Presented in five main themes: ‘Sightseeing & Travel’, ‘Pleasure & Pastimes’, ‘Kabuki’, ‘Beautiful Women’ and ‘Edo Pop Redux’, this exhibition provides insights into the vibrant culture of Edo society populated by samurais, geishas and kabuki theater actors.

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MAGNUS RENFREW TO MOVE FROM ART BASEL TO BONHAMS

Magnus Renfrew, who has been heading Art Basel in Hong Kong, is moving to Bonhams in September to take on the role of deputy chairman, Asia and director of fine arts, Asia.
For Renfrew, this is a return to the auction house where he had been instrumental in setting up their first sale of contemporary Asian art in London in June 2006.

In his new position he will be responsible for defining the strategy for Bonhams in Asia relating to fine arts and overseeing the classical, modern, and contemporary art departments in the region. Renfrew will sit on the board of Bonhams Asia and will report directly to Malcolm Barber, co-chairman of Bonhams Group and CEO Hong Kong Board.

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Entang Wilharso, Perfect Mirror, 2013-14, oil colour on mirror, aluminum, thread, resin, colour pigment, 220 x 330 cm
Joana Vasconcelos, Holy Blood, Mosaic tiles, handmade woolen crochet, ornaments, polyester, MDF, iron, 205 x 120 x 50 
Liu Zheng Selfie at Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing12 July 2014 - 15 September 2014

Pékin Fine Arts is pleased to be hosting another solo exhibit by Liu Zheng. In his latest Selfie project, once again pushes photography’s boundaries to new limits, raising questions of on-line technology’s impact on photography’s future, as well as the role of Selfies as “tools” of personal expression and social interaction.


Selfie is a self-portrait photography initiative launched by artist Liu Zheng using social media in China. The project parameters are simple: Everyone on-line is invited to take photos of them selves and to send those photos to Liu, who then uploads those self-portraits to social networks such as We Chat and Instagram upon mutual agreement. Liu as artist-editor-curator often chats on-line with these mainly anonymous volunteer Selfie – makers, offering encouragement and instruction during the process. Of course, if he likes the photos he simply posts them directly on-line. Images continue to be uploaded daily.

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MELISSA LOUGHNAN JOINS ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY

As they sit and speak about their new venture, occasionally finishing each other’s sentences, there’s an obvious rapport between gallerists Anna Schwartz and Melissa Loughnan.It’s clear they have much in common: Schwartz has 32 years of running her eponymous gallery – which began in Melbourne and expanded to a second site in Sydney – under her belt, while Loughnan, at the age of 32, has spent close to eight years running Utopian Slumps, a space she founded in 2007. In that time Loughnan has transformed Utopian Slumps from a small, not-for-profit space in Collingwood into a commercial gallery in the CBD.The synchronicity – that Schwartz founded her gallery in the year that Loughnan was born – is not lost on them either.

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Jenny Holzer, Pearl’s Truisms and Survival2013, Horizontal LED, Variable dimensions

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TEN MILLION ROOMS OF YEARNING AT PARA SITE HONG KONG

The curators of “Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong”, currently on show at Para Site, talk to Art Radar about the concepts behind the exhibition, the multi-layered issues brought into discussion and the contribution of art to critical discourse around society in Hong Kong. “Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong” was launched at Hong Kong’s influential nonprofit art space Para Site on 9 May 2014 and will run until 10 August 2014. Co-curated by in-house curator Cosmin Costinas and guest curator Chantal Wong, the multi-venue exhibition explores the connections between sex and sexuality, desire and the city’s social and historical contexts.

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Natee Utarit, The Commitment, 2011, oil on linen, 100 x 150 cm
Ugo Untoro Solo Show at Gajah Gallery, Singapore25 July 2014 - 24 August 2014

Ugo Untoro (b. 1970), representative of Indonesia’s late-1990 generation of painters, have created several artworks using different medias. He does not only sketch and paints, he also do installations, objects, videos and other enriching art experiments. He is an inspiration to many of the younger generations. Almost all of his artworks creation process adhere to the law of “Panta Rei” that states everything flows. In his view, it is important to note that this “flow” theme is not fully driven by the “subconscious”. Known as the painter that paints with his emotion, Ugo deliberately and consciously creates his artworks in tune with preselected theme.

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SKYWHALE CREATOR PATRICIA PICCININI WINS NATIONAL ART PRIZE

It was her experience running a tiny gallery in a Collins Street basement in the mid-1990s that convinced Patricia Piccinini to devote her working life to art.
Called The Basement, the artist-run initiative had no money and received little attention, but it helped kick-start Piccinini’s career.


‘‘It was at the peak of the recession, our rent was really low … it was incredibly atmospheric. One of the artists who showed there had a fire in there, in this big metal bowl. Now that I think about it 20 years later, I think we were completely mad. We did incredible, fun things, we had 60 exhibitions in three years.

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Mary-Louise Browne, Under These Conditions This Can Be Declared an Artwork, 2014, sandblasted black-silvered mirror, 70 x 50 cm
Solo Exhibition Takeru Amano at Art Statements, Hong Kong26 July 2014 - 24 July 2014

In this new exhibition, Japanese artist Takeru Amano - born in Tokyo in 1977 - expresses, through paintings of bucolic yet dripping landscapes and glistening diamonds, his feelings toward the beauty of nature shattered by the impact of mankind. With a particular perspective after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, Amano explores the way we treat our environment and, often, arm it. Behind his idyllic mountain and lake landscapes lays the traces of our presence. His diamonds paintings represent the wealth that nature gives humans yet they bear traces of mistreatment, highlighting differently the way we treat mother nature.

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2014 LEO AWARD GOES TO DIMITRIS DASKALOPOULOS

Independent Curators International (ICI) has chosen Greek entrepreneur and art collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos to receive its 2014 Leo Award (named for Leo Castelli) at the organization’s annual benefit on November 17. The ICI has picked Daskalopoulos for the work he has done with both the D.Daskalopoulos Collection and his arts non-profit NEON.

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Michael Chow AKA Zhou Yinghua ~O-O~, Pink Target, Mixed Media: Household Paint with Precious Metals and Trash, 94.6 x 69.2 cm