By Ces Oreña-Drilon
Art SG kicked off today with art world legends and collectors showing up with extra vigor after a two-year delay due to the pandemic.
Asia’s most hotly anticipated art fair for the year kicked off on Thursday, January 12, bringing together over 160 leading galleries and 700 artists at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Thousands of art lovers attended last night’s VIP preview with Filipino collectors and artists well-represented.
Three local galleries are participating: Art Informal of Tina Fernandez, Drawing Room of Jun Villalon and Cebu-based Tropical Futures of Chris Fussner.
Even before the doors opened to the public at noon today, Drawing Room had sold out its exhibition featuring artist Pam Yan Santos.
Art Informal, a respected contemporary art gallery with two spaces in Manila, is showcasing Nice Buenaventura, Elaine Navas and Brisa Amir in an arboretum-themed exhibition.
Tropical Futures, a design strategy studio, has several artists on display, including works by Dumaguete born artist Kristoffer Ardeña.
Art galleries from China, Malaysia and other parts of Asia are also featuring other artists – among them Rodel Tapaya, Kawayan de Guia, Akya Go, Luis Lorenzana and Ronald Ventura.
The fair has taken up more than 30,000 square meters of the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in a magnificent sensory explosion.