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World Press Photo Awards 2014

November 22, 2014
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World Press Photo Awards 2014
The World Press Photo Awards exhibition at the Southbank Centre is one of the best photography exhibitions of the year as it brings award-winning photographs from all over the world.  These photographs are not only visually appealing but they tell a thousand stories of our time. It speaks of a narrative of  our contemporary culture, and also provides a glimpse of societies and nature that are threatened by globalisation. Some photographs are both moving and disturbing but provide us an insight of realities that we often ignore or some that we will never ever understand. There are only a few days to see it but I believe this exhibition merits an extension because more people should see it.  For those who can't catch it, please see the winning photographs below or also do check out the World Press Photo website for the full list of the winners.  (more…)

Moniker Art 2014

October 26, 2014
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Moniker Art 2014

One of the art fairs that coincided with Frieze two weeks ago was the Moniker Art fair aimed at fans of street art and graffiti. With street artists like Banksy whose works are now being auctioned at top auction houses like Sotheby's, Moniker art fair is riding high from the success of these artists who've penetrated the mainstream. Now on its fifth year, it has become a fixture during Frieze week. According to Fair Coordinator Tina Ziegler in her interview with 55tvc: 'Every year just seems to get bigger and bigger.'

Looks like having a niche market is also the secret to its success and perhaps will continue to be the trend for many years, when you also consider 1:54 the Contemporary African Fair - another fair that was curated to target a very niche following. (more…)

1:54 Contemporary Art Fair 2014, Somerset House

October 18, 2014
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1:54 Contemporary Art Fair 2014, Somerset House

If you want to get a really good insight into the burgeoning contemporary African art scene, I hope you had a chance to see 1:54. With more than 27 galleries participating, Somerset House was a great exhibition space to bring this show together as it provided the perfect and intimate setting to observe and study the diverse but very solid output of these African artists. Compared to the frenetic Frieze Art fair, 1:54 is much more subdued which gave viewers the time to absorb every piece of artwork.

Galleries had also been quite selective as they focussed on a few artists and a few pieces here and there rather than bombard the public with a whole bonanza. (more…)

Highlights from Masterpiece London 2014

July 22, 2014
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Highlights from Masterpiece London 2014

Masterpiece London 2014 was a unique experience for a first-time visitor like me. Happened weeks ago but still very vivid as it featured all kinds of flashy and interesting artefacts and everything you can imagine - from fine arts, applied arts, decorative arts, jewels, watches even high-end vehicles! In some way, it was like walking through history but with a bit more of a upscale shopping mall experience. From Greek pottery, Roman mosaics, Renaissance paintings, collector items such as Da Vinci's signed books up to modern-day jewellery pieces, it's all breathtaking and all pretty, except that Masterpiece is really for those who have money to spare to add to their collection.

Despite this great shortcoming from my end, that didn't really stop me from hunting down some art pieces that I haven't seen before. Here they are: (sorry I didn't take pictures of the vehicles!) (more…)

11 Best of START Art Fair – Saatchi Gallery

July 7, 2014
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11 Best of START Art Fair – Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi gallery scores again with last week's START Art Fair. For me, Pangaea was interesting but Start Art Fair was exciting, especially as its a product of the highly successful Global EYE Programme which produced Korean Eye and the Indonesian Art Fair - both of which exhibited at Saatchi. Since 2009, the Global EYE Programme has been organising exhibitions about Asian contemporary art so I only expect that Asian artists will be well-represented in this show. I am a big fan of Asian art, and personally I feel that it has reached its zenith as more and more Asian artists are breaking new grounds in international art in the truest sense of the word, without resorting to hype, shock appeal which some of their European counterparts often do.

Judging from the great turnout during the private view (more…)

Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (Until Nov 2014)

June 2, 2014
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Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (Until Nov 2014)

Featuring bonafide and emerging artists from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi's exhibition Pangaea, which opened two months ago is a real attempt to consolidate eclectic art into one package and present it as ONE movement of sorts. The only drawback is that Africa and Latin America are just two super continents by themselves, both marred by different social and historical upheavals too complex and vast to summarise in one solid piece or international trend.

For me, having this kind of mini art-fairs, however, is a step in the right direction especially for those who are interested to see other than the usual fare of retrospectives and one-man exhibitions dominated by major artists. For one, it gives me a snack-able version of big art fairs with a million things to see to something more manageable. (more…)

Phyllida Barlow – Tate Britain Commission 2014

April 26, 2014
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Phyllida Barlow – Tate Britain Commission 2014

Phyllida Barlow's new commission at the Duveen galleries at Tate Britain is large, messy, unstable and chaotic. But despite the disarray and all the cardboard, timber and rope hanging about on top of me, it gives a sense that it's all contained chaos. The premise of it all is to address space and how I and the rest of the visitors - who are as perplexed as I was - would interact and get our heads around what's hanging about us.

Where does one start? There is no chronological narrative in this pandemonium and there is nothing beautiful about this monumental sculpture. It's a miss-mash of bricolage, a factory of unfinished or abandoned collage slapped all together in one set by pure chance and without actual intent (more…)