The Art Market Is Booming

By Ooi Kok Chuen

December 2010 PENANG PALETTE
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There have been many signs that the art scene in Malaysia is changing. This was obvious at the recent International Art Expo Malaysia (AEM) held in Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, just a couple of months earlier at the Henry Butcher Art Auction (HB), an all-time record auction price was paid for a Malaysian painting, one by Datuk Ibrahim Hussein. By Ooi Kok ChuenA suit of Andy Warhol’s later series of Campbell Soup silk-screens on display at the Singapore-based Collectors Contemporary boothAll...

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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.