Surfaces of Everyday Life: Postwar and Contemporary Masters from Ai Wei Wei to Andy Warhol at Ikkan Art International

On a tip from jusdeananas, I spent the afternoon at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, a collection of warehouses near the Keppel Container Terminal*. This cargo storage and shipment complex houses nearly a half dozen art galleries, including Ikkan Art International which recently relocated their base from New York City to Singapore.

The gallery’s first show, Surfaces of Everyday Life: Postwar and Contemporary Masters from Ai Wei Wei to Andy Warhol, is an incredible overview of the range and diversity of postwar and contemporary art. The exhibition showcases several key American artists, namely Jasper Johns, as well as a number of their European and Asian contemporaries.

As jusdeananas writes, it “was like New York all over again: the quiet moments of wonderment at MoMA, amidst the throngs of tourists; the endless galleries in Chelsea; the marathon Met walkabouts. It was nice.” I wholeheartedly agree.

FYI, Surfaces of Everyday Life closes on Sunday.

* I grew up not far from Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, the largest container port in the eastern United States, and have an unusual fascination with large dockside gantry cranes. As a very young child, I thought these beautiful, dinosaur-like structures were the colorful fossils of otherworldly, pre-historic creatures. Today’s walk through Keppel Container Terminal invoked many memories and was relaxing and inspiring too.

(Additional credits: Top to bottom: Myths (Multiple), Andy Warhol, 1981. Silkscreen ink and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 254cm x 254cm; Farnsworth House, Ludwig Mies van der Rhone, Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2001. Gelatin silver print, 127cm x 152.7cm; Red-Blue-Red, Gerhard Richter, 1993. Oil on canvas, 30cm x 40cm; Images via Ikkan Art International.)

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