Organised by THEO Arts Professionals, and returning for the fourth year running, this edition of The Art Week Conversations is targeted at new and existing audiences, and looks at collecting in various art scenes—Cambodia, Singapore, and Southeast Asia. Every art ecosystem has its particular character and points of growth. It develops according to the actions, insights, and directions of its producers and buyers. The panel discussions are topical, looking at current contemporary art developments and gallery scenes, whereby an erudite group of collectors, artists, curators and gallerists parley the dynamics and ways-in of successful and authentic collecting.
The Art Week Conversations 2018: Considering Collecting discusses the art scenes in Cambodia, Singapore, and Southeast Asia with panellists who are experts in the field—including Tan Boon Hui, Stephanie Fong, Ning Chong, Johnni Wong, Erin Gleeson and Bryan Tan.
Considering Collecting: Cambodia–Past Forward
Contemporary Cambodian artists and curators discuss their scene, its struggles and triumphs. In a country where almost an entire generation of artists has been lost, and the art gallery and exhibition system is still rudimentary, how do artists sustain themselves, or develop to achieve international status? What does the future hold for new artists? The panel includes Erin Gleeson, a curator and scholar of Cambodian contemporary art.
Considering Collecting: Southeast Asia–Calling Out the Status Quo
Southeast Asia has held together for centuries through its political, economic and cultural activities, and the visual arts scene. Since the 1970s modern artists have joined in the cross pollination of cultural identities mainly through artists associations. In the 1990s, museums, galleries and auction houses led the region’s art growth. Is Southeast Asia simply an organised exotic mess of separate identities? What are the ties that bind in terms of art languages and production? Join our discussion with Tan Boon Hui, director of the Asia Society Museum, Johnni Wong veteran art journalist, and collectors.
Considering Collecting: Singapore–Starting Young
In the fourth edition of our discussion on Singapore, we consider the art scene from the point of the Next Generation. What does the future hold for young and/or new collectors as the market evolves? What sort of art do they or should they collect? How do they deal with shifting paradigms on art, gallery practices and buying online? In the shortened timing where choice, art developments and price increases may be exponential, will buying young artists’ works become too risky? Views from gallerist Stephanie Fong, collectors Bryan Tan and Ning Chong, and more.
The Art Week Conversations & Tour 2018. Image courtesy of THEO Arts Professionals