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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Art Appreciation in Singapore -vvw

I made a long overdue visit to the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) last Sunday to see An Unbroken Line, a showcase of the works by internationally acclaimed artist Wu Guanzhong, which he generously donated to Singapore. Wu Guanzhong is one of the few painters whose works I like and who isn't already dead.

Most of my friends have never heard of Wu Guanzhong before but that doesn't really matter to me because these days, anyone who is a media whore, has rich friends or a talent for bullshitting can be a famous artist.

Heck, the Painting of the Year 2009 award went to some photographs of random objects. Apparently, one does not even need to paint any more to produce an award-winning "painting". So what's next year's Painting of the Year? I won't be surprised if it turns out to be a sculpture, a dance or even a rap album!

But what DID surprise me was the crowd I encountered when I entered the SAM. Since when did Singaporeans learn to appreciate art? Most of these people don't look like tourists. But when I arrived at the Wu Guanzhong galleries, the place was oddly empty. So where did everybody go?

To the Toy Fair that happened to be held at the SAM of course! To buy the latest Transformers toys and stuff like that. And to see people dressed up as Stormtroopers and Masked Rider.

Ah well, that's Singapore, I should've known.

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Yiheng made
10:03 AM


Painting of the year is such a rip-off. But then again I guess art is subjective.
By Blogger Soqcrates, at 12:43 AM  

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