After several delays, the first edition of ART SG, the world’s newest art fair, has finally arrived. Staged across two floors of the exhibition hall in Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands, the fair opened to VIPs on Wednesday.
The excitement was palpable, with visitors, including several who had traveled from China now that the country has loosened its pandemic travel restrictions, swarming several of the more than 160 booths at this fair. The first day of ART SG also marked the first time a major art fair had been staged in Singapore since 2018.
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A few dealers reported first-day sales. Mega-gallery Gagosian placed two works by Ashley Bickerton, who died in November, with the Museum MACAN in Jakarta, Indonesia, the country where the artist was long based. Elsewhere at the fair, graffiti artist Leonard Hilton McGurr, known as FUTURA, signed autographs for fans at Eric Firestone Gallery’s booth.
Below, a look at the best on offer at the 2023 edition of ART SG, which runs until January 15.