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Artist : Jim Allen Abel  Redy Rahadian  Theresia A. Sitompul (Tere)  
17 - 20 July 2014


Art Galleries Association Singapore (AGAS) is proud to present its second annual exhibition, Edition(ed), held at Artspace@Helutrans from 17 to 20 July. This year’s exhibition sees 23 participating galleries featuring over 70 works ranging from photographs to prints and sculptures to digital works by more than 30 artists. The friendly characteristics of multiples and editions make this form of art very popular among budding collectors, and it has also found its way into prestigious museum collections around the world.
"Editions are great way to start a collection because it’s usually much more accessible both in terms of price and availability. It also allows first time collectors to acquire original works of art by important artists whose prices are usually very high,” says Emi Eu, director of STPI and vice president of the association. She cites the Print & Multiples department at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art, New York as an example which has over 53,000 works in its collection, adding that “the art of collecting editions continues to be relevant as it is a serious accessible art form where one would be able to own the same work that is in a museum collection.”
The exhibition’s focus on editioned works is an opportunity for collectors, art enthusiasts and students to discover the history and techniques of different mediums. It also plays host to a ‘Saturday Matinee’ programme, held on 19 July from 2 to 5 pm. There will be an exhibition walkthrough followed by a panel discussion on the history and currency of editions, from its origins in printmaking to new developments in contemporary practices together with Eitaro Ogawa, chief printer of STPI, Talenia Phua Gajardo, director of The Artling, Belinda Fox, artist and master printmaker, Louis Ho, art historian, critic and curator, and moderated by Benjamin Hampe of Chan Hampe Galleries.
AGAS strongly adheres to its mission in promoting art appreciation in the community, raising public awareness of the roles and responsibilities of art dealers, and governing professional and ethical practice in Singapore. Mr Hampe who is chairing the association’s Planning and Development committee says, “AGAS’ initiatives such as ART IN MOTION during this year’s Singapore Art Week successfully connected new audiences to galleries while promoting art appreciation both locally and abroad. Another important initiative that AGAS is currently developing is an industry Code of Ethics and Professional Practices to educate the wider public of the responsibilities of reputable art dealers and galleries. AGAS continues to be the definitive voice for its growing membership and the burgeoning commercial art gallery sector in Singapore.”
The Annual Joint Exhibition by the association is also a platform for member galleries to come together and demonstrate their cohesive nature and unity among galleries in Singapore. Only the second in the series, this year’s exhibition has already seen an increase in participation from 17 to 23 galleries. “It is a great initiative for all our members to come together annually. The professional camaraderie amongst us working as one extends the advantages and convenience to the collectors, where we showcase the artworks and artists we represent. AGAS' belief has always been to come together to improve the art industry further for Singapore and be a stronger player in the international arena. This joint exhibition is just one of the events where we hope to make this possible,” said Vera Ong of Art-2 Gallery and president of the association.
The participating galleries are 11.12 Gallery, ARNDT, Art Forum, Artesan, Art Plural Gallery, Art Seasons, Art-2 Gallery, Cape of Good Hope Gallery, Chan Hampe Galleries, Element Art Space, Gajah Gallery, Galerie Belvedere, Galerie Steph, HaKaren Art Gallery, Ikkan Art International, iPRECIATION, Linda Gallery, Maya Gallery, Kato Art Duo (formerly Nikei Fine Art), SooBin Art Int’l, STPI, Wetterling Teo Gallery and Yang Gallery.
Artists that will be showcased are Igor Skaletsky (Russia), Sui Jianguo (China), Kamin Lertchaiprasert (Thailand), Sato Kyoko (Japan), Martha Atienza (Philippines), Doug and Mike Starn (USA), Sherman Ong (Singapore), Keiichi Tanaami (Japan), PHUNK (Singapore), Chng Seok Tin (Singapore), Lim Joo Hong (Singapore), Ng Kiow Ngor April (Singapore), Lim Leong Seng (Singapore), Belinda Fox (Singapore/Australia), Eugene Soh (Singapore), Theresia Tere Sitompul (Indonesia), Redy Rahadian (Indonesia), Jim Allen Abel (Indonesia), Yunizar (Indonesia), Brendan Neiland (UK), Chen Man (China), Xie Ke (China), Zhu Hong (China), Naoko Tosa (Japan), Ju Ming (Taiwan), Lee Wen (Singapore), Kheng-Li Wee (Singapore), Zhu Wei (China), Basuki Prahoro (Indonesia), Billy Mork (Singapore), Toko Shinoda (Japan), Kukoku Tamura (Japan), Vincent Leow (Singapore), Haegue Yang (Berlin/Seoul), Chua Ek Kay (Singapore), Andy Warhol (USA), Frank Stella (USA), Chen Wenling (China), and Yan Zhixiong (China).
17 – 20 July, 12 – 7pm (Free Admission)
17 July, 7 – 9pm (Opening Reception)
19 July, 2 – 5pm (Walkthrough & Panel Discussion)
39 Keppel Road #02-04, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
(Use Blk 2 Passenger Lift #6)
More information on the association, its members and upcoming events can be found at
www.agas.org.sg and at www.facebook.com/ArtGalleriesAssociationSingapore.