Raising the stakes in Asia’s art world

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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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...

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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.