Affairs of the Art

21 november 2013 / art / words alice davis

Air 02 by Jiang Shan, Art Projects Gallery, 2010


The Affordable Art Fair’s fourth stop in the Lion City should help satiate Singaporeans’ roaring appetite for modern art.



(From left) Paradise No.15 and No. 12 by Eric Fok, Art For All Society, 2012


The Singapore edition of the Affordable Art Fair kicked off on Thursday, offering art aficionados and novices alike the opportunity to browse a vibrant array of contemporary art. Those wishing to purchase won’t have to stretch to more than S$10,000 per piece, with 75 percent of works on sale for under S$7,500. Camilla Hewitson, fair director, commented on the speed with which the Singapore fair has grown since it debuted in 2010. “We started with 50 galleries and today we have 101, an incredible representation of the support we have had not only from galleries but from visitors,” Hewitson said, anticipating 17,000 attendees over the four days.


Face by Young Wook Han, Galerie Bhak, 2012


As well as browsing and buying art – and it’s mandatory that every work has a price tag – visitors to the Affordable Art Fair can enjoy a range of educational and inspirational art experiences. A series of installations is on show, including a sculpture by Nicola Anthony, live graffiti by Luke Cornish and an interactive installation by the Edible Art Movement called Cirque du Scent. Inside a darkened tent, take a whiff of a scent and let it inspire you. The Singapore Watercolor Society will also be giving a live demonstration. “The Affordable Art Fair is a global phenomenon, but in every city we want to create a very local experience, so having groups like the Watercolor Society here is very valuable to us,” said Hewitson.


Condensed, Kwan Woo Lee, Able Fine Art NY Gallery, 2011


There’s also a series of lectures and talks, covering topics from art collection and curation to street art and art therapy, as well as a specially curated wall of artworks under S$1,000. “An important part of our mission is to educate people around buying art and this is an opportunity for them to come in and know there’s an area that is price driven, and they might find something that suits their budget,” Hewitson said.


(From left) Angel, after Sano di Pietro and Ganesha by Jane Perkins, Will Art, 2013


The Affordable Art Fair Singapore is held at the F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore from 21 to 24 November 2013. General admission tickets cost S$15.

Panda Garden by Angki Purbandono, Art Projects Gallery, 2012

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