Art Fairs Faring Fairly Well

By Ooi Kok Chuen

March 2017 PENANG PALETTE
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The G13 booth with Bayu Utomo Radjikin and Shafiq Nordin.
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Questions continue to linger about the seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore 2017, with the seventh edition – held from January 12-15 (vernissage January 11) at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre – being a rather subdued showcase.The gradual economic deceleration over the last three years saw the number of exhibitors being scaled back to 131 from 27 countries (from 272 last year), a lower footfall at 33,200, the physical absence of items above US$1mil, and with sales greatly dampened...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.


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