6 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Singapore in August 2020

As the Singapore art scene begins to grapple with the new normal, here are several exhibitions to see this August!

Aug 2020 – Feb 2021 Proposals for Novel Ways of Being

Venue: LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, ADM Gallery, NTU School of Art, Design and Media, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, STPI, Coda Culture, Grey Projects, INTER-MISSION, The Substation, soft/WALL/studs

Artist: To be Announced

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


Jul 16 – Aug 30, 2020 Reacquainted

Venue: FOST Gallery

Artist: John Clang, Jimmy Ong, Syagini Ratna Wulan, Wyn-Lyn Tan, Sebastian Mary Tay, Ian Woo

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


Jul 9 – Sep 7, 2020 Group Show

Venue: Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Artist: Ricardo Mazal, Jane Lee, Zheng Lu, Karen Knorr, Golnaz Fathi, Chun Kwang Young, Kim Jaeil, Miya Ando

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


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Upcoming at Yavuz Gallery Singapore: Po Po, “Primeval Codes” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are incredibly honoured to announce Po Po in his second solo exhibition with the gallery. A visionary artist who brought something truly new in concept and execution to an isolated country’s latent art scene in the 1980s, the acclaimed Myanmar artist will open “Primeval Codes” in Singapore on 24 July 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Primeval Codes” consists of painting and installation works conceptualised in the late 1980s and realised over the past two decades. This body of work is based upon original signs and symbols in primeval written language that the artist started to learn from the 1980s, such as those found in ancient stone inscriptions of the Pyu, Bagan, Inwa and Pinya periods in Myanmar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A multidisciplinary artist, Po Po’s conceptual works weave between painting, assemblage, installation and performance. He was amongst the first Myanmar artist to exhibit abroad in the 1990s; and has since showcased works across Asia and Europe, including at the National Gallery Singapore, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Mori Art Museum, amongst others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image: Po Po, ‘Unknowable’, 1988 / 2020, oil on canvas and engraved wood, 91 x 92 x 5 cm ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #popo #popoartist #primevalcodes #yavuzgallery #yavuzgalleryartist #upcomingexhibition #myanmarart #myanmarartist #contemporaryart #burmeseart #burmeseartist #gillmanbarracks

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Jul 24 – Aug 29, 2020 Primeval Codes

Venue: Yavuz Gallery

Artist: Po Po

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


Aug 22, 2020 – Oct 3, 2020 Flowers Wilting in a New Day

Venue: Ota Fine Arts

Artist: Chris Huen

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition


Aug 1 – 16, 2020 Ambition for Originality

Venue: artcommune gallery

Artist: Cheong Soo Pieng

Category: Art Gallery Exhibition



Top 20 Contemporary Art Websites and Instagram Pages to Follow – Part 1

Looking for inspiration and the next exhibition to see? Here are the 20 must-follow websites and Instagram (or Facebook) pages about contemporary art.

*in no particular order

1. Artforum

Artforum: Defining the world of contemporary art since 1962″

2. The Art Newspaper

“Founded in 1990, The Art Newspaper is an online and print publication with offices in London and New York.”

3. ArtDaily

ArtDaily: The First Art Newspaper on the Net”

4. Artsy

Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.”

5. Artnet

artnet is the leading online resource for the international art market, and the destination to buy, sell, and research art online.”

6. BlouinArtinfo

BLOUIN ARTINFO is the preeminent global source for up-to-the-minute news, information, and expert commentary on art, artists, and the business and pleasure of making, buying, and understanding art.”

7. e-flux

e-flux is a publishing platform and archive, artist project, curatorial platform, and enterprise which was founded in 1998.”

8. ARTnews / Art in America

“Founded in 1902, ARTnews is the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world.”

Art in America: The World’s Premier Art Magazine since 1913.”

9. Frieze

frieze is the leading magazine on contemporary art and culture.”

10. Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.”

11. Art21

Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time.”

12. Contemporary Art Daily

Contemporary Art Daily: Selected contemporary art exhibitions from around the world, with new exhibitions posted each day.”

13. ArtAsiaPacific

“Established in 1993, ArtAsiaPacific magazine is the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.”

14. Art Radar

Art Radar: Contemporary art trends and news from Asia and beyond.”

15. Larry’s List

Larry’s List is the leading art market knowledge company providing data, research and access to contemporary art collectors.”

16. The Artling / Artshare

The Artling: A curated selection from Asia’s best galleries and artists.”

artshare.com is the first global online platform dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary Chinese art.”

17. Ran Dian

“Launched in 2010, Randian is owned and run by its editorial board. We seek to promote independent cultural debate in China and to foster intellectual exchange between China and the rest of the world.”

18. Widewalls

Widewalls: Premier Contemporary Art Resource For Collectors”

19. Juxtapoz

“Founded in 1994, Juxtapoz is a monthly magazine that documents and makes accessible the creative. Juxtapoz is a monthly magazine that covers contemporary artists who deserve crucial attention.”

20. Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture: Where Arts and Culture Meet Technology.”

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Like this list? Check out my art guide here: Art Gallery Exhibitions, Openings and Events – Art Guide

Art vs Tech: Virtual Reality is the Future in Art

Have you ever thought about what immersive Virtual Reality (VR) technology can do to transform the creative process and viewing experience of art?

Back in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social media giant Facebook, announced the acquisition of ground-breaking Oculus VR.  Several big companies also launched VR headsets subsequently, whereas software company Adobe revealed virtual reality creative tools. The buzz generated caused tech experts to call the year 2016 as “The Year of Virtual Reality,” only to find that the price point is still too high for the technology to reach every nook and cranny of people’s lives.

Within the last two years, art institutions like K11 Art Foundation presented a number of virtual reality shows to the general public, such as “Electric Vibes” in 2016. Meanwhile, earlier this year at the Swiss mega-fair Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, we see a collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, which encouraged established artists to experiment with Google Tilt Brush in their artistic process.

Art Exhibitions

Let’s take a look at 2 art exhibitions which utilize virtual reality as their medium:

Art becomes virtual reality: Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR’
Art becomes virtual reality: Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR’

1. Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR,’ to enable visitors to attempt building a slow moving wall across a busy road in China as buses, trucks, cars and motorbikes swerve around them.

Royal Academy of Arts Virtually Real Exhibition Video "What it's like to make art in virtual reality"
Royal Academy of Arts Virtually Real Exhibition Video “What it’s like to make art in virtual reality”

2. Students from RA Schools of Royal Academy of Arts create works of art using virtual reality technology.

VR Events

Recently, “The Art of VR” was held at Sotheby’s from June 22-23, 2017 in New York. The event, in collaboration with VR Society of Hollywood, featured over 30 exhibitors.

Sotheby's The Art of VR New York in collaboration with VR Society Hollywood
Sotheby’s The Art of VR New York

Last but not least, let’s take a look at a TED talk about how virtual reality can be used as a storytelling tool to bridge the gap between the storyteller and their audience.

TED Talks video "The birth of virtual reality as an art form" featuring Google Cardboard VR
TED Talks video “The birth of virtual reality as an art form” featuring Google Cardboard VR

TED talk The birth of virtual reality as an art form showcases the relationship between music, art and immersive VR technology in the process of delivering mind-blowing and touching stories to the solitary or collective audience.

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