Featuring 50 personal artwork collections by 50 local artists, the group exhibition Artist as Collector
explores the relationships between the artists and their artistic fellows within the contexts of contemporary art in Singapore. Through archiving the personal and meaningful stories of how an artwork has been acquired by a fellow artist, the exhibition offers a unique view of art about life and highlights the influences between the artists and art communities. Stories include why artist Gilles Massot acquired the artwork of late Lee Wen as early as in 1996, how artist Lim Soo Ngee was gifted a ceramic artwork by the late Ng Eng Teng after working as his assistant during his younger days, how artist Shirly Koh was attracted to purchase Rifqi Amirul’s test print via Instagram, how artist Lai Yu Tong was gifted a painting by Ryan Lim after supporting him through his 14-day self-isolation, and many more.
Meander through the exhibition, read the narratives behind the scenes and discover lesser-known pieces and new aspects of artists’ lives. Parallel to the exhibition, there will be tours and a talk that explores deeply personal and revealing stories behind the collections.
Artist as Collector
is presented by Comma Space 逗号空间 and curated by Dr. Wang Ruobing.
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Image courtesy of Comma Space 逗号空间.