Art in Singapore and other parts of the world is facing an immediate danger. Danger, not in terms of creativity, quantity, or quality, but of sales. Sales of art exhibits that are showcased in different art festivals that run in the Lion City. The art fraternity is accusing recession and authenticity for this dramatic drop in sales. However, some organizations back home believe that the art fair model is to be blamed. For what it’s worth, we think the idea of observing and understanding art has not really transcended into the idea of owning them, which is what is endangering the art world.
Category: Art Festivals
You enter the city they call the Red Dot and you don’t see the artist turning up inside you? Chances are you are in a wrong country. Art in Singapore is almost ubiquitous, which is constantly transcending into international levels. Art has been an important element of Singapore since it was born into the third world in the 60s. For a tourist to land in Singapore and not appreciate the sculptures, the paintings, the artwork, and the visual arts is like going to the Australian coast and not marvelling at the corals. Art is everywhere in Singapore, and slowly the country is trying to become the cynosure of the world when it comes contemporary art. No wonder it has at least ten cultural events going on a daily basis in different parts of the country. So, what has led Singapore to become the art hub of the world?
Walking along the Hindoo Road in the Tekka region of Singapore, it is with rather an impulsive stimulus that you will look at it. This one (of many) literally larger-than-life mural of a person whom you know you have seen before. At first sight, you would think it’s related to Thailand or Indonesia. But, as you walk closer to the mural and stand in front of it, it will dawn on you.