Raising the stakes in Asia’s art world

loading Malaysian artist-curator Shoosie Sulaiman’s mixed media Negara at the Tomio Koyama Gallery (based in Gillman Barracks, Singapore) in Art Stage 2014.

Finally, the pieces seem to be coming together. With the fourth Edition of Art Stage in January, Singapore has served notice to its closest rival, Hong Kong, of its ambition to become Asia’s epicentre of the arts.

Art Stage Singapore 2014 saw a record-breaking 45,700 visitors walk past the Joko Avianto-constructed archways at its Marina Bay Sands venue. It was the centrepiece of a giddying Singapore Art Week which witnessed some 70 events all over the island republic accompanying the Chinese New Year revelry.

The highlights included the Prudential Art Prize, three back-to-back art auctions, the spill-over 2013 Singapore Biennale, the obligatory “Hotel Art” Art Apart, the S. Sujojono (1913-1986) Memorial Show, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival and A Night Out at Gillman Barracks.

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