KUALA LUMPUR – On 29 March 2015, Henry Butcher’s Malaysian and Southeast Asian Art Auction realised a total of RM 2.25million from the 88 lots on offer. A success rate of 91% by lot was achieved and 54% soared beyond higher estimates. A notable feature was the utilisation of live online bidding system introduced in September 2014, allowing participation from 17 countries.   The crowded saleroom accommodated new and seasoned collectors as well as art enthusiasts who witnessed competitive bidding for works by Malaysian and Southeast Asian pioneer and contemporary artists bearing strong provenance. Intense bidding between room and telephone…
‘M_king Sp_c_ – We Are Where We Aren’t’ is an exhibition featuring works by contemporary artists Zedeck Siew, Sharon Chin, Maung Day, Saiful Razman, Ilham Fadhli (Kojek), Okui Lala, KONTAK!, Jeffrey Lim, Goh Lee Kwang, Engku Iman and Daniel Chong - displayed in and around an unconventional space called Sekeping Sin Chew Kee - a 1920s residential building which has been transformed into a guest house by architect Ng Sek San.   Curated by Ong Jo-Lene, the exhibition was developed after she participated in the 8th Berlin Biennale Young Curators Workshop and as a response to an open show by…
Lostgens contemporary art space was founded in 2004 by artist and curator Yeoh Lian Heng, with a main focus on showcasing international and local visual arts, performances, video and film screenings. The gallery held various community art projects across Melaka and Petaling Street. Notthatbalai art festival was organized by Yeoh in 2005 and 2007 as a platform to exhibit a diversity of forms and experimentation in visual arts and performances. Participants included artists and curators from Singapore, Spain and the United States of America, who organized performances and workshops at various sites in Kuala Lumpur.   In collaboration with architecture…
Richard Koh Fine Art Kuala Lumpur 15 – 30 April 2015   A true maker and explorer, Haffendi Anuar seeks solace in creating art objects and paintings, experimenting with basic materials, testing the limits of manufactured things to produce awe-inspiring object of its own. His daily commute by foot to anywhere opens up a delightful vista sighting intriguing scenes often missed by motorists. These urban scenes are tediously expressed and translated in unspoken ways, investing laborious hours and days to produce an epic collection of 65 artworks for his first solo show titled M13.   Conforming to a strict thematic…
Balai Seni Visual Negara National Visual Arts Gallery 13 March – 31 May 2015   ‘Unpack Repack: A Tribute to Ismail Hashim (1940 – 2013)’ was first exhibited at The Whiteaways Arcade, George Town, Penang from 23 June to 31 August 2014. Curated by one of Malaysia’s most prominent artists/curators Wong Hoy Cheong, the exhibition takes the audience through five rooms of Ismail Hashim’s creative preoccupations drawn mainly from the archives/estate he left behind. It features known works selected by friends and colleagues, recontextualisations and readings of Ismail Hashim’s collection of negatives, contact prints and test prints as well as…
1. Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry) by Paul Gauguin $300million The 1892 oil painting by the French post-impressionist titled Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) depicting two Tahitian girls was sold by the private collector Rudolf Staechelin, a retired Sotheby's executive from Basel to Qatar through a Swiss art dealer in February 2015.     2. The Card Players by Paul Cézanne $274million The Qatari royal family has paid $274million for Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players (1892 – 1893) from the estate of George Embiricos, a Greek shipping magnate in February 2012. The artwork features two stony-faced…
Do not miss the rare opportunity to catch the highlight of the week person(a), a compelling photography showcase curated and presented by Vignes Balasingam, founder of the Obscura Festival of Photography, and Sharmin Parameswaran, visual arts curator from Interpr8 Art Space. The exhibition features a stunning selection of works from 20 Malaysian photographers which comprise of art photographs, mixed media and installations exploring the theme of self-portraiture. The works are related to each artist’s social and geographical context by utilising symbols and metaphors to form personal narratives, which in turn, reignite memories of identity and nation. Each portrait transcends its…