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Theorist David Teh on Southeast Asian contemporary art, power, and ‘home’

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In his lecture The Myth of Incipient Democracy: subtexts of Southeast Asian contemporary art hosted by the Shergil-Sundaram Arts Foundation on January 19, 2024, Singapore-based curator and theorist David Teh spoke about the framing of national and regional narratives to interpret and historicise contemporary art. Teh’s area of research and practice focuses on Southeast Asia as a geographical and geopolitical region, considering contemporary art within an international context of circulation and cultural exchange. Teh tells STIR, “My research is turning in a direction that tries to explore that intellectual history of a given geography, uncovering connections and dependencies on ideas from elsewhere.”

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Collect with Confidence: Trusted Art Platforms in Asia Pacific

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Source: Entrepreneur asia pacific

The modern art market today is nothing like it was ten years ago. The days of onsite art auctions, where people spend millions of dollars on a single painting, are gradually passing. As a result, art ownership is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable for all art enthusiasts. In this column, we’ll explore traditional art auctions and their new online counterparts to find which option is more relevant and accessible for users in the APAC region.

International Auctions

Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Bonhams are the undisputed leaders of the art auction industry. These auction houses’ rich history and pristine reputation have kept them on top of their game for years. Let’s take a closer look at each auction house.

Read more: https://www.entrepreneur.com/en-au/lifestyle/collect-with-confidence-trusted-art-platforms-in-asia/471169

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Vishal Kumaraswamy’s Dual Exhibitions Illuminate Margins: Arts House March-April Event

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Artist-curator Vishal Kumaraswamy is set to make a significant impact at Arts House in March and April with two thought-provoking exhibitions: ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane and ಒಡಲಾಳ Odalala. These exhibitions delve into the depths of social hierarchies, domesticity, belonging, landscape, and the brutal realities of marginalized communities through the lens of South Asian and diasporic artists.

Exploring Margins with ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane

Slated for March as part of PHOTO 2024, ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane translates to ‘the act of seeing’ and ‘a detailed critical inspection’ in Dravidian Kannada. It showcases over 150 pieces by artists such as Arun Vijai Mathavan, Jaisingh Nageswaran, Krithika Sriram, M. Palani Kumar, Priya Suresh Kambli, and Sadia Marium. These works traverse themes of domesticity, belonging, and landscape, highlighting the nuances of social hierarchies through traditional and innovative photographic practices.

Read more: https://bnnbreaking.com/world/india/vishal-kumaraswamys-dual-exhibitions-illuminate-margins-arts-house-march-april-event

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A Survey of Contemporary Sikh Art in Los Angeles Expands South Asian History 

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There have been so few sizable exhibitions of contemporary Sikh art at major US museums, you could nearly count them on two hands. “There have been maybe a dozen exhibitions at large museums,” said Syona Puliady, a curator at Los Angeles’s Fowler Museum of Art who specializes in textiles of the eastern hemisphere.

Curated with Sonia Dhami, president of the Art & Tolerance organization and a trustee of the Sikh Foundation, the exhibition, titled “I Will Meet You Yet Again: Contemporary Sikh Art,” brings together 40 works. Ranging from sculpture to photography, from painting to photographic essays, the works center Sikhism, a socio-religious group with an origin in India’s Panjab region and a diaspora that today numbers around 25 million. 

A new exhibition of Sikh art that Puliady co-organized offers what the previous have lacked: an opportunity to exceed one’s understanding of both South Asian art history.

Read more: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/reviews/a-survey-of-contemporary-sikh-art-in-los-angeles-expands-south-asian-history-1234698069/

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