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Appointment of New Gallery Director

 

In November we welcome our new team member, John Lye, as Gallery Director. The gallery will be anticipating an exciting period ahead as we present new artists of diverse repertoires and mediums. John, an ardent advocate for scholarship and connoisseurship, will help clients in shaping and building their collections along with our gallery’s talented team. We look forward to the synergy that John will bring to the gallery by combining his business skills and knowledge of art to further business development.

John started his finance career at a U.S. investment bank but decided to pursue his interest in visual arts. He completed his Master’s degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and upon his return became the curator of the Lee Kong Chian Art Museum of NUS Museum. Subsequently, he went to graduate schools at Tokyo University and Harvard University, focusing his study and research on medieval period Chinese and Japanese paintings. However, he returned to Hong Kong to run a private equity firm and eventually left for a few years of hiatus to travel and explore the underwater world.

Interviewed for “On the Red Dot”

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Lookout for ENVISION and Ms Helina Chan to be featured on Channel News Asia programme “On the Red Dot” broadcast on Friday 8 April at 9.30pm, report on Wednesday 13th Apr at 2.30pm.

On the Red Dot is is a half-hour current affairs series that is aired on Channel 5 and Channel News Asia, the show focuses on the little red dot: Singapore and seeks to showcase the people and the communities that make up Singapore. Watch this space for more updates!

ENVISION Time-lapse video

TODAY Newspaper created a fun upbeat time-lapse video, covering all 14 sets of sculpture as part of ENVISION. The scenic walk started from the Arts House across Empress Place to the Fullerton Hotel, over to  Clifford Square, the Fullerton Bay Hotel and eventually finishing up at Marina Bay City Gallery. To view video, click here.

Date: 27 Feb 2016

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Channel News Asia exclusive interview with Gu Wenda

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Gu Wenda, internationally recognised contemporary artist from Shanghai/New York gave Channel News Asia an exclusive interview during his recent trip to Singapore in mid Jan 2016. Mr Gu was in town during the launch of ENVISION: Sculpture @ the Garden City in Singapore, a large scale outdoor public art exhibition ongoing till 15 April 2016.

The 8-min interview was broadcast on 18th Feb 2016 in the FIRST LOOK ASIA morning programme. To view the video, click here.

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Art New York 2016 Press Release – Gao Xingjian

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(above) Gao Xingjian,Intérieur et exterieur, 2011, 114x146cm, Ink on canvas

Gao Xingjian a solo exhibition of Gao’s ink paintings, presented in a dedicated booth at Art Miami New York in May 2016, represented by iPreciation. Art Miami New York Art Fair opens to public from 3 – 8 May at Pier 94, New York City.

For press queries related to artists or images, please email enquiry@ipreciation.com 

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iPreciation is pleased to announce that the gallery will be taking part for the first time at Art Miami New York, Pier 94 in early May 2016. We are proud to present a solo exhibition of Gao Xingjian’s early and recent ink paintings. Gao Xing Jian (b. 1940, China/France) is an important leading cultural figure who is much more than a painter as an accomplished and internationally recognised writer, playwright, director, painter and photographer who is the first Chinese to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. In 1989, he was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship from the United States. In 1992, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2002 the Legion of Honor by the French government. In 2006, he was conferred the Lions Award by the New York Public Library (NYPL) at Library Lions Benefit event.

Art Miami New York 2016 is presented by the ownership team of Art Miami which debut last year at Pier 94 in early May 2015. This upcoming fair is the 2nd edition of Art Miami New York, happening in the same week alongside other important art events such as the Spring auctions and Frieze Week.

Managing Director Ms Helina Chan, shares “We are excited to present Gao’s ink paintings to the American audience. He is truly a unique Renaissance man of today, his intellectual rigour and strong sensibility as both a writer and painter really comes forth in these paintings. I hope the American museums and collectors will recognize his talents; Gao is not only a Chinese artist, he is an international artist who deals with the human condition and expresses his state of mind in a language that can be universally understood .”

Art Basel HK 2016 Press Release – Tay Bak Chiang and Gao Xingjian

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(above left) Tay Bak Chiang, Stringless Qin 无弦琴, 2015;  (above right) Tay Bak Chiang, After the Feast  盛宴过后, 2015. Each is 140x140cm, Pigments & acrylic on canvas

Tay Bak Chiang a solo exhibition of recent paintings, presented in a dedicated solo booth at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.

Gao XingjianApres le Deluge (After The Flood) 洪荒之后 has been selected for inclusion in the Film sector at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.

Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 opens to public from 24 – 26 March; the VIP Preview takes place from 22 – 23 March. The fair will be held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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iPreciation is pleased to announce that the gallery will return to Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, with a solo exhibition of Singaporean painter Tay Bak Chiang’s new body of paintings under the Insights section and a film screening by Nobel Prize Laureate Gao Xingjian under the Film section at Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.

For press queries related to artists or images, please email enquiry@ipreciation.com

Tay Bak Chiang

After a successful solo exhibition at iPreciation in 2014, Tay Bak Chiang (b. 1973, Malaysia/Singapore) continues to push boundaries and contemporize the genre of Chinese painting through the use of acrylic and pigments on canvas.

In this body of new paintings, Tay’s progressive attempts have borne fruit; experimenting with mineral-rich tones that range from brilliant blues to opalescent greens and shimmering yellows. In this exhibition we observe an extension of the rock series and his foray portraying the ancient Chinese instrument guqin as a new exploratory subject matter.

The inspiration behind his stone paintings stem from his walks in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore some years back. He was inspired by the hulking forms in nature, though inanimate, they appeared full of life and personality. To achieve three dimensionality and character for the stones, Tay manipulates colour and shades to achieve subtle gradations and ink-like translucency using acrylic paint, a technique forged and refined by the artist since his encounter in the nature reserve.

In this exhibition Tay also explores the depiction of one of China’s oldest stringed instrument; the guqin a seven-stringed zither, viewed as a symbol of Chinese high culture and the most expressive of the essence of Chinese music. In Chinese, “gu” means ancient and “qin” means musical instrument. Symbology characterizes this instrument, for example, it measures 3’6.5” (Chinese feet and inches) to symbolize 365 days of the year; the upper surface is rounded representing the sky and the bottom is flat representing the earth. The first 5 strings represent the elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. The 6th string is sorrowful and the 7th string represents strength. The thirteen mother-of-pearl inlays along the outer edge represents the 13 months of the lunar year. The guqin has been frequently referred to as the preferred instrument of the sages and literati. In imperial China’s past, monks, scholars and ladies of the elite society were supposed to master the four traditional arts, and one of them is qin, for the purposes of enriching the heart and elevating the human spirit.

Tay’s minimalist compositions are not about representing minimalistic images or technical skills, but to evoke a sense of poetry and inner emotion, a nod to the values of Chinese literati painting rendered with a contemporary sensibility. Before the works are exhibited in Art Basel Hong Kong in March 2016, there will be a preview of his latest works at iPreciation.

 Gao Xingjian

Gao Xing Jian (b. 1940, China/France) is an important leading cultural figure who is much more than a painter also an accomplished and internationally recognised writer, playwright, director, painter and photographer who is the first Chinese to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. In 1989, he was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship from the United States. In 1992, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2002 the Legion of Honor by the French government. In 2006, he was conferred the Lions Award by the New York Public Library (NYPL) at Library Lions Benefit event.

Gao Xingjian is the epitome of a well-rounded scholar, or as described by the 2008 Milan Arts Festival – ‘the modern Renaissance man’. Equal to his literary oeuvre, his paintings and film are works of art with a fine level of originality. Gao possesses an insatiable intellectual curiosity; he studied European oil paintings, film, photography which led him to interrogate the aesthetic effect of using different techniques on different medium. Since 1964, Gao has been painting exclusively with various kinds of inks, demonstrating a radical departure in subject matter from traditional Chinese ink painting. Inspired by western paintings’ core idea of light, Gao embodies this ‘light’ presence in his work, fusing a significant aesthetic and critical language in Western painting with Chinese ink painting which traditionally do not portray light. Gao’s ink paintings are never mere black, portray a spectrum of fifty shades of grey. His reflection on this visual genre; the interplay of light, positive and negative space continues to inform and inspire new directions in his paintings.

Gao created 3 films in the 2000’s, the first one is called “Silhouette/Shadow 側影或影子” in 2006, followed by “After the Flood 洪荒之後” in 2008 and “Requiem for Beauty 美的葬禮” in 2013.

Created in 2008, Apres le Deluge (After The Flood) is a short film lasting only twenty-eight minutes. Gao describes this work as a cinematic poem where language is dispensed. This film is similar to his other film Silhouette / Shadow, but language is totally dispensed with, and the six dancers and actors in this film do not utter any words or dialogue. The black-and-white paintings serve as background to the scenes, and the performers perform before a screen onto

which the paintings are projected. Apres le Deluge is essentially a black-and-white film, and it is only at times when a consciousness of life reawakens that a small amount of pale colour is added.

This film was unexpectedly corroborated by the 2008 earthquake (9.00 on the Richter scale) in Japan’s Miyagi County coast; unlike disaster films, Apres le Deluge constitutes painting and performance and is devoid of reality. The narrative structure is abandoned, each scene is viewed either as painting or photograph linked only by movements and/or sounds.

Gao moved to France in 1987 and became a French citizen in 1997. He currently lives and works in Paris.

 

Tian Xiang featured in Pheonix Art.com

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iPreciation is proud to present the international debut of Gu Wenda’s monumental installation of 24 stones titled “Tian Xiang” at the current outdoor exhibition ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City.

“Tian Xiang” is an installation of 24 ‘ru’ rocks in different shapes and sizes. These huge pieces of natural rocks come from the bottom of the sea; billions of year old lime-stones corroded by the sea water and mounted by fossilized aquatic specimens. The rocks are named ‘ru’ as a reference to the Shandong province which is known as the birthplace of Confucianism.

There are 24 rocks, because there are 24 terms that make up the solar calendar. In typical Gu Wenda fashion, he merged the 2 characters of each solar term to create his own unique phrase or a fictional Chinese character.

Inspired by philosophical theories and stories of our celestial universe, Gu Wenda sets out to bring man and nature closer together. Creating a ‘rock forest’ with this dynamic installation of 24 large rocks, one has the opportunity to experience, immerse and get up close to these significant relics and artefacts, a product of nature’s powerful forces. Gu started thinking and planning this project sometime in 1993, with the idea to create 50 stone steles. It has taken him more than 20 years for the project to come to fruition.

Click here for full article and video

Date: 29 January 2016

ENVISION Public Talk, Fri 22 Jan

 

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In conjunction with the opening of ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City and Singapore Art Week 2016, iPreciation organised a public talk titled “Commissioning Public Art in the City” on Friday, 22nd Jan 2016 @ Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum.

Video recording clip is available upon request, please email us at enquiry@ipreciation.com

Speakers:

Gu Wenda is one of the world’s leading international contemporary artist from China. Born in Shanghai in 1955, Gu graduated from Shanghai School of Arts in 1976. In 1981, he received his MFA from the China Academy of Arts and continued to teach in his alma mater from 1981 – 87. Later in the same year in 1987, Gu moved to the USA to study at The Academy of Art College, San Francisco and started his life as an independent artist. To date, he has participated in numerous international solo exhibitions and prestigious platforms such as biennales, art festivals and art fairs across the world. Gu’s work has been included and referenced in many publications and recent art history books. Gu is widely collected by many international museums and public institutions world-wide. He currently lives and works between Shanghai and New York.

Andrew Mead is an internationally experienced architect specialising in the planning, design and construction of rapid transit stations and associated facilities. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1985 and is a registered Architect in the U.K. Since 2013, Andrew is currently Chief Architect of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong managing a team of over 100 people, responsible for design quality and management of all MTR’s rail projects. Andrew has wide technical knowledge of metro design and operations, having 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of over 200 metro and light rail stations in London, Toronto, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. From 2008 – 2013, he was Principal Design Manager, Architect at Land Transport Authority Singapore, responsible for the development of the Downtown line and Thomson Line.                                           

Francis Wong is currently Chief of Art Management in CapitaLand. He studied Architecture in Cambridge University, UK and Conservation Studies in York University, UK.  He has over 20 years of experience working as an architect in the public and private sectors before joining CapitaLand in 2006. Some of his award-winning projects include the Singapore Art Museum at the former St Joseph’s Institution. In CapitaLand, he has held various key positions in design and project management, including Chief Development Officer of The Ascott Limited. Francis writes the “Art @ CapitaLand” column for CapitaLand’s online Inside Different Geographies magazine and is the author of the book CapitaLand: The Art of Building Communities.  He has conducted many art appreciation talks and tours to CapitaLand staff, CapitaLand tenants, and the general public.

Moderated by Dr Kenson Kwok, who is the Founding Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum in Singapore. Dr Kwok graduated with B. Architecture (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 1972 and went on to obtain his PhD in environmental psychology from University College London in 1983. At the end of 2009 Dr Kwok retired from an eighteen year career with the National Heritage Board of Singapore. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (silver) by the Singapore government, he was also conferred the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2005 by the French government.  Dr Kwok currently serves on the board of Singapore’s National Gallery, and on committees of the National University of Singapore Museums and the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society.

 

Launch of ENVISION Preview Event

 

On 21st Jan 2016, we organised a private preview event to celebrate the launch of ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City. Held at the Post-Bar, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, we invited participating artists, international media, collectors and government stakeholders to view the works and meet some of the artists in attendance namely Gu Wenda, Shen Lieyi, Sri Astari Rasjid, Baet Yoke Kuan and Kumari Nahappan,

To view the video recording of the event, click here.

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Behind the Scenes: Installation of Tian Xiang

Gu Wenda Plaque

 

Gu Wenda  谷文达,  (b. 1955, China/ USA)

Tian Xiang 天象 , 2015, Stone and Ink

Total of 24 stones, various sizes 150 – 330cm, weight ranges from 500KG – 8000KG.

Part of ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City, exhibition is ongoing till 15 April 2016.

“Tian Xiang 天象” is part of an important series of work (Forest of Stones Steles – Story of Solar Calendar) that took the artist over 20 years to realise. This work is an installation of 24 ‘ru’ rocks in different shapes and sizes. These huge pieces of natural rocks come from the bottom of the sea; billions of year old lime-stones corroded by the sea water and mounted by fossilized aquatic specimens. The rocks are named ‘ru’ as a reference to the Shandong province which is known as the birthplace of Confucianism. Each rock is inscribed on top and all around with a simplified stroke of a Chinese calligraphic character that references Chinese solar terms. Inspired by philosophical theories and stories of our celestial universe, Gu Wenda sets out to bring man and nature closer together. Creating a ‘rock forest’ with this dynamic installation of 24 large rocks, one has the opportunity to experience, immerse and get up close to these significant relics and artefacts, a product of nature’s powerful forces. Gu started thinking and planning this project sometime in 1993, with the idea to create 50 stone steles. It has taken him more than 20 years for the project to come to fruition.

 

Behind the Scenes: Installation of Ling Ting 2

Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Ling Ting 2, 2015

Chen Sai Hua Kuan  陈赛华灌 (b. 1976, Singapore)

Ling Ting 2, 2015, 500 x 300 x 450 cm. Painted Steel

Location: Marine Bay Boulevard (near City Gallery)

Part of ENVISION: Sculptures @ the Garden City, exhibition is ongoing till 15 April 2016.

Ling Ting 2 (in Mandarin hanyu pinyin, means ‘Listening’) is an interactive sound sculpture that encourages participation and contemplation from its audience. The shape of the steel structure appears to be unusual forms of the tuba, French horn or listening instruments where the curved lines and organic form creates a sense of curiosity for the viewer, inviting one to come up close to interact with it. Many city-dwellers have become too busy listen to listen; this playful work was conceptualized by the artist to create a conducive space to inspire an act of listening. The act of listening becomes a major component of this creative experience, offering its participator a space for isolation and critical reflection. In March 2015, Ling Ting 2 premiered on the steps of the Grand Palais in Paris, during the Art Paris Art Fair and was featured in the International New York Times.

Gao Xing Jian: Retrospecitve at Museum of Ixelles and The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

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Date: April 2015

Credits: Museum of Ixelles 2015

To read the interview in English please click here: http://www.museumofixelles.irisnet.be/en/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/gao-xingjian-retrospective?set_language=en

Also on display, Gao Xing Jian exhibition at The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: http://www.fine-arts-museum.be/en/exhibitions/gao-xingjian

Reverie Rheumatology Research Fund

Donated artworks and auction items at Benefit Gala DInner, 2014

Donated artworks and auction items at Benefit Gala DInner, 2014

In Singapore, over 600,000 people suffer from a Rheumatological disease, hence affecting more than 11% of our population. Many of these conditions are complex autoimmune diseases, affecting major organs including the joints, brain and nerves, lungs, heart and nerves. Unfortunately, treatment options are limited and in some cases, there are none – symptoms can only be managed. The prevalence of these diseases is set to increase as our population ages. It is, therefore, with the urgent need for research into these diseases to accelerate discoveries and uncover cures.

After a successful launch and generous support from some institutions and individuals, Reverie Rheumatology Research Fund has managed to raise an amount of S$623,000, with potential government matching dollar for-dollar an amount of S$1,246,000. The Research Fund’s target is to raise S$3 million in the first 2 years and to $12.5 million in the medium term. With the Singapore Government matching these raised funds dollar-for-dollar, this would provide an endowment fund of S$25 million to sustain long term research to improve the lives of patients with Rheumatological diseases and to train and retain local researchers.

All the funds raised will be channeled into research initiatives in five Rheumatological diseases – SLE, Systemic Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Spondyloarthritis – under the SingHealth Duke-NUS Medicine Academic Clinical Program. SingHealth’s partnership with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School harnesses the collective strengths in clinical care, research and education to advance Medicine so that ultimately, the patients and local community will benefit from better treatment and care.

To make a donation you can directly click on the Donation Form below or you may choose to acquire the below artworks and all the proceeds will go the Reverie Rheumatology Research Fund.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned or Ms June Ong / Mr Filip Gudovic, at email june.ong@ipreciation.com / filip.gudovic@ipreciation.com and Ms Amy Gay / Ms Lisa Law at email amy.gay@sgh.com.sg / lisa.law.a.p@sgh.com.sg.

Donation Form

Available Artworks:

For more information on the fund please visit the three links below:

https://www.sgh.com.sg/clinical-departments-centers/arc/pages/autoimmunity-rheumatology-centre.aspx

https://www.academic-medicine.edu.sg/MedicineACP/philanthropy-rheumatology-and-immunology

http://www.tomorrowsmed.com/Pages/Lupus-struck-gallerist-starts-research-fund.aspx?ArticleID=424&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TM_emailer10Nov2014

Channel News Asia report on the Reverie Rheumatology Research Fund

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Channel News Asia coverage of our 15th Anniversary Celebration in support of the Reverie Rheumatology Research Fund at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event has been successful in raising awareness of rheumatological diseases. We hope that you can spread the word and help us raise more funds for this cause.

Link:
text –  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-fund-aims-to-raise/1455334.html

 

video –  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video/new-rheumatological/1455564.html

Ju Ming – Sculpting the Living World @ Hong Kong Museum of Art

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Exhibition period: 28th February – 15th June 2014

Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Ju Ming Museum, Ju Ming – Sculpting the Living World is the first large-scale solo exhibition of world-acclaimed Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming in Hong Kong. A versatile sculptor, Ju Ming has worked with diverse materials from bronze to wood and ceramics to steel. This exhibition will showcase more than 120 sculptures made in a range of materials from The Living World series, from as early as 30 years ago when the series was first incepted.

Portraying people from various age groups and all walks of life, alternatively at work and at play, the Living World Series encapsulates the rich diversity of humanity. Collectively, the reveal the artist’s observations on everyday life. Perhaps the most endearing aspect of Ju’s work is its openness to interpretation – as long as one is an inhabitant of the modern world, one is entitles to posit any sort of personal take on the artwork…

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PUBLICATION^Gao Xingjian: After the Flood

After the Flood

Gao Xingjian: After the Flood
with an essay by Jason C. Kuo
Publisher: iPRECIATION
Language: English / Chinese
ISBN: 978-9810772949

Gao Xingjian is one of the greatest interdisciplinary artists of our time. As a writer, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000; as a playwright, he piloted the new Chinese avant-garde theatre in the early ‘80s; and as a painter, his monochromatic ink paintings have been exhibitied worldwide including a retrospective at Papes d’Avignon.

Since 2006 Gao has produced three experimental films that continue to extend the boundries of his creative imagination. This book is the first photographic publication that brings together his paintings and elements of his second film, After the Flood.


Other Gao Xingjian related new publications:

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Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation

Gao Xingjian (Author), Mabel Lee (Translator)
Publisher: Cambria Press (November 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1604978360

Gao Xingjian: Painter of the Soul
Daniel Bergez (Author)
Publisher: Asia Ink (November 11, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0953783977

Gao Xingjian : Peintre de l’âme
Daniel Bergez (Author)
Publisher : Seuil (10 October, 2013)
Language : French
ISBN: 978-2021059984

Beauty
(textbook) Part of Darwin College Lectures
Lauren Arrington, Zoe Leinhardt, Philip Dawid (Editors)
Published: Cambridge University Press (July 2013)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1107693432