Art Gateway
    Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 945 Date : Friday, February 19, 2016 - 07:47:41

    Courtesy of Art Stage Singapore

    Art Stage Singapore is the nearest world-class art fair from Indonesia, and is the anchor event of Singapore Art Week. This year was its sixth edition, and it has become a key place for Indonesian galleries, artists and their artworks to connect with their international counterparts. Held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, this year the fair lasted for five days until January 24. It included about half a dozen Indonesian galleries and numerous Indonesian artworks including installations from artists such as Entang Wiharso and Eko Nugroho.

    Esti Nurjadin, owner of the D Gallerie, who has participated four times at the fair, says it provides a beneficial exposure for the galleries and artists as the crowd is more diverse. “It has a crowd with good quality, and it’s a place where we can meet our clientele and other galleries as well, plus it’s very close to Indonesia,” Esti says. Kinez Riza showcased several of her artworks at the fair. “It’s an important place for getting exposure to new artists,” Kinez says. Despite the fair being smaller than Art Basel Hong Kong, the fair has its own appeal. “It’s more intimate and it’s more possible for you to explore the whole fair in just a few days,” Kinez says.

    The fair itself closed with favorable sales that reflect a still-positive art market in the region despite the uncertain economic climate. Some 40,500 visitors passed through its doors over five days. Visitors included respected international collectors and art professionals from around the world. Among them were celebrity auctioneer Simon de Pury, celebrity Daisuke Miyatsu from Japan and Deddy Kusuma from Indonesia. “I was fascinated to visit the fair for the first time. It offered me the chance to have a more indepth exposure to the vibrant Southeast Asian art scene, I look forward to coming back,” says Simon, founder of de Pury de Pury.

    The dip in visitor numbers from around 50,000 last year reflected the overall cautious mood of the larger public. However, there was a core group of international and regional collectors who demonstrated their sustained interest in the quality of the fair’s offerings.