Art Collectors Tour
30 November 2016
This tour brought participants into the home of the Samsons, avid art collectors with an impressive collection with 40 to 50 works in their home alone. The couple moved to Singapore 18 years ago and since then, they have been collecting artworks from their Filipino heritage, and have recently been acquiring works from around the region. Building on their collection with the acquisition of pieces that appeal to both their tastes, the couple also builds an understanding of each other's aesthetic over time. The Samsons are interested in the stories of artists, and delight in opportunities to engage with them in conversations about their work as it informs their purchases, but also strengthens their relationship with artists as collectors.
Book Launch: Important Art Exhibitions in Singapore (Curators’ Cut)
27 October 2016
Presented by Yeo Workshop, Singapore Curators' Cut: Important Contemporary Art Exhibitions is a publication featuring selections of past local exhibitions as chosen by five current and prominent Singapore-based curators, namely Savita Apte, Louis Ho, Ho Rui An, Seng Yu Jin, and Charmaine Toh. These curators were selected based on their rigorous, active and committed research in the arts, and their diverse perspectives, voices and issues that they present in their curatorial direction. Each curator was asked for 10 exhibition catalogues that are iconic for his/her understanding of the history of exhibitions in Singapore, which would form the basis for future research. Curators' Cut was an exhibition at Yeo Workshop in May 2014. The book will be launched to commemorate the exhibition, but more importantly, to contribute to Singapore’s contemporary art history.
The book is available in a limited edition of 500. For enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Engagement Dinner: Tu Hong Tao
24 June 2016
Meet Chengdu-based artist Tu Hong Tao at the opening of his first solo exhibition abroad in recent years. In contrast to his earlier figurative style, this new body of work takes on abstract and fragmented turns.
Tu Hong Tao (b. 1976, Chengdu) represents a generation of Chinese artists whose oeuvre deals with the intimate psyche of urban dwellers in a rapidly progressing nation. He cultivated a distinct painting style that featured graphic markers of China’s hyper-capitalism and modernisation. For the artist, this became a means of narrating the tension between contentment and isolation that is familiar to city living.
Book Launch: Loke Hong Seng’s “A Social Portrait of Singapore” at UOB
5 August 2015
As part of UOB's SG50 celebrations, the UOB Art Gallery (UOB Plaza 1, Ground Floor) presented a selection of works by Mr Loke Hong Seng. The selection of photographs from Mr Loke's extensive body of work focused on scenes of the development of Singapore's river front featuring UOB Plaza and its surrounding trading areas.
Mr Loke Hong Seng also hosted a photography workshop for UOB employees to share his perspective on fine art and vernacular photography and provide insights on photographic composition.
At a UOB Private Bank Investment forum, clients were treated to an exhibition of Mr Loke's photography, and were also presented with an autographed, special edition catalogue of Mr Loke's portraits of Singapore.