SEA Focus and Singapore Art Week

Art fairs are like the Hydra—chop one head off and several more sprout up in its place. This month saw the inauguration of two new fairs in Asia alone, with Taipei Dangdai kicking off in the third week of January, followed by S.E.A. Focus the very next week in Singapore (24–27 January 2019). February also…

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Shanghai: West Bund 2018 and Art021

The last time I visited West Bund Art & Design was four years ago, when the fair was only in its first year of operation: a small, boutique offering held in a cavernous hangar that seemed too big for it. Much has changed since then. Mirroring the rapid development of the city itself, West Bund…

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Art Taipei 2018

Published on ocula ‘There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,’ a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia’s oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those…

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Overview: West Bund Art & Design Fair

Published on ocula.com, 3 October 2014 Hot on the heels of the recent ShContemporary, which seems to be dying a slow and embarrassing death– art works were held in customs, leaving booths bereft of works, and turnout and organisation was even more lamentable– the West Bund Art and Design Fair is definitely a surprising polished…

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Fair by Design: Westbund Art and Design Fair

Published in Chinese in The Art Newspaper China, September 2014 We’ve seen the allure of status-boosting brand-name artists like Emin, Hirst, and Gormley in China, but does a Prouvé, Ponti, and Perriand have the same cachet and gloss? Founded by artist Zhou Tiehai, a founder ShContemporary in 2007 and a former director of the Minsheng…

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