Shopping for art
Shopping comes naturally to most of us – clothes, shoes, bags and even furniture. But art?
A new lifestyle art event, START, happening this weekend at the Gillman Barracks art enclave, aims to make it fun and easy for the uninitiated to take the first step in buying and collecting contemporary art.
Admission to the contemporary art and design fair is free, and visitors will be able to pick up paintings, drawings, sculpture and limited-edition prints, which are priced at about $4,000 on average.
Works by artists, including homegrown talents such as Simon Ng, Speak Cryptic, Dawn Ng and Wyn-Lyn Tan, will be featured at the fair. Participating galleries include Gillman Barracks’ resident galleries such as FOST Gallery, Ota Fine Arts, Sullivan+Strumpf and Chan + Hori Contemporary.
Those looking to dip their toes into art and collecting may also find inspiration from films screened at the event. The film programme, curated by the Singapore Film Society, includes the critically-acclaimed Loving Vincent (2017), which tells about the life of famed painter Vincent van Gogh, through animated oil paintings. Popular documentaries on renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and well-loved art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel will also be screened.
Visitors looking for tips on how to make art a part of their everyday life and surroundings can sign up for workshops led by personalities such as comedian Rishi Budhrani and radio broadcaster Simone Heng. The workshops will cover topics such as how to look at art, as well as interior design.
Details on START here.