Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2011

We dropped by the Affordable Art Fair‘s “Private View” on Thursday night, thanks to an invitation from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Our viewing was hardly private; the F1 Pit Building was packed and the evening was chaotic and overwhelming. AAF, in Singapore and elsewhere, is as much a venue to purchase affordable* contemporary art as it is a place to see and been seen. (I dressed for the former and not the latter. Oops!)

Despite the event’s faux-glitzy, madhouse-like vibe, it was an enjoyable and educational evening. We discovered a few new local galleries and reacquainted ourselves with others. A few highlights:

– Garie Waltzer, an acclaimed American photographer, at Cabaleiro de Meuser Art & Design. Waltzer exhibited two photographs of Singapore (above), taken as part of her on-going Living Cities series. These large-scale black-and-white images of urban civic spaces blend a formalist vision with dense urban iconography. We have our eyes on these and may return on Sunday for a second look.

– Ketna Patel’s kitschy and striking mixed-media pop-art. We discovered Ketna Patel Studio, an appointment-only “residential laboratory for like-minded people,” at last year’s AAF. Her Asia Pop series of art and furniture is inspired by the narratives embedded in Asian street culture.

Original Prints 2011, a series of limited edition prints created by ten Singapore-based artists at Art and Printmaking StudioArtist and printmaker Marisa Keller teaches non-toxic printmaking techniques and focuses on etchings, monoprints, and relief prints. Information about Keller’s February etching workshops here.

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* What constitutes “affordable” art is highly subjective, of course. AAF Singapore showcases art priced between SG$100 and SG$10,000. Tickets to the fair are truly affordable: SG$8 via SISTIC and SG$10 at the door. Go this weekend and report back here.

(Additional credits: Singapore/Port #1, 2011. Carbon pigmented inks on rag paper; Singapore/Port #2, 2011. Carbon pigmented inks on rag paper. Images courtesy of the artist.)

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