Piya Shivadasani of Saffronart selects her top picks from Art Stage Singapore 2013
Singapore: Art Stage Singapore 2013 kicked-off on strong footing with the Singapore Tyler Print Institute’s exhibition of master photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto’s project for Hermès, Couleurs de l’Ombre. Taking Polaroid photographs of the colours collected by the refraction of early morning light passed through a giant prism and reflected by a mirror onto a wall, Sugimoto creates large pools of saturated colour on Hermès’ iconic Carré scarf. The futuristic imagery gives you a feeling of peeking into outer space, but wonderfully and simultaneously, the mostly primary colours take you back to the distant past and lend a sense of nostalgia. To learn more about this project, click here.
My favorite works at the fair itself included those by Pors and Rao and Ye Hongxing at Hilger Modern / Contemporary and Scream respectively.
Other noteworthy satellite shows included the openings at Gillman Barracks and The Collectors Show, Weight of History, at the Singapore Art Museum, where Aisha Khalid’s Appear As You Are, Be As You Appear and Yee Sookyung’s Translated Vase were highlights.