Will the Market for Art Ever be the Same Again?

By Ooi Kok Chuen

June 2020 PENANG PALETTE
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Kim Ng's installation work at the ongoing Rimbun Dahan artist's residency in Kuang.
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BRICK-AND-MORTAR art galleries are hugely impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic because of the lockdown and the consequent economic crunch.Poster of Wei-Ling Galleries' webinar, What Makes ART Powerful?A few galleries had reported zilch sales since the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18, and which has since been extended four times till June 9. KL’s Segaris Art Centre chief executive officer Nizam Rahmat says that sales had been down by more than 50%, which, however, is still not that bad...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

art-writer and journalist, is 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.