This issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Art, we celebrate 45 of the most influential Asian artists, galleries and more with a comprehensive list of the names to know in the art world. There are well-established luminaries such as Japan’s Yayoi Kusama and China’s Ai Weiwei, but also collectors, curators and fair directors from the region who are pushing the art envelope across this dynamic Asian landscape.
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With the Affordable Art Fair in Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul, and Art Stage in Singapore and Jakarta, collectors in Asia are showing their support with wads of crisp dollar bills. Then, there’s Budi Tek, Haryanto Adikoesoemo and Kim Chang-il—just three of the billionaire collectors who have opened private museums filled with their vast personal collections. From the award-winning artists to the benevolent philanthropists and game-changing gallery owners, get the low-down on the people who are putting Asia firmly on the art world’s map.
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If there’s one event you have to attend to see how art is healthily consumed, it’s Singapore Art Week (SAW). The Lion City will be transformed into a whirl of events and vernissages from 17 to 28 January, 2018. There’s the inaugural Light to Night Festival 2018, which will use the facades of the National Gallery, Asian Civilisations Museum and The Arts House as canvases; collectors will be throwing open their doors to their homes; and there will also be new installations—such as the “Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission Series 2018”—which will be revealed to the world then.
Further afield, famous artists are going down the fashion route for some magnificent partnerships. U.S. artist Jeff Koons looked to the Old Masters for inspiration for his latest collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Gucci turned to Unskilled Worker while Dior commissioned 10 artists to reinterpret the Lady Dior bag.
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Back home, we invited Singapore-based artists Sarah Choo Jing, Rajesh Kumar, Billy Ma, Mojoko and Simon Ng, to give a local take on Old Masters in their own inimitable ways and, as great art is wont to do, spark some conversation. Because life without art is not life at all.
—Claire Turrell, Project Editor