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Art Stage Singapore, 12-15 January 2012

Do Ho Suh, Uni-Form/s: Self Portrait/s: My 39 Years, 2006

Now in its second year, led by Fair Director Lorenzo Rudolf, Art Stage Singapore has set itself up as the fair to watch for Asian contemporary art. This year the fair exhibited over 100 galleries from Asia alongside some leading galleries from London, New York, Berlin and Paris.

Set in the Marina Bay convention centre, with industrial high ceilings and large exhibitor stands, the space lent itself well to the contemporary artworks.

Highlights included large-scale works by artists such as Yan Pei-Ming, Chen Wenling and Zhang Huan, plus an educational talks programme focused on Asian art and The Gao Brothers famous World Hug Day art performance. Pictured is a work by Korean artist Do Ho Suh, who was represented by the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.

At the end of day, the top tip was to head to the Marina Bay Sands hotel for a well-earned cocktail at Ku De Ta. An incredible view at the end of an inspiring day.

For more information visit Art Stage Singapore.

Carsten Höller’s Experience Exhibition at the New Museum, New York

Carsten Holler, Experience Exhibition, New Museum

A slide, a swimming tank, a crocodile and a mushroom. These are a number of  the elements which make up the Carsten Höller Experience exhibition at the New Museum currently open until 15 January 2012.

Carsten Höller originally trained as a scientist so he has an interest in social experiments and research and so his work takes these basics to create an experience of new physical and psychological sensations. In a nutshell,  the exhibition spread over several floors, attempts to alter the minds reaction to different situations.

So take your chance to experience the weird and wonderful and go on the Mirror Carousel, throw caution to the wind and jump on the Untitled (Slide), experience the flashing lights titled Double Light Flickers and float in the Giant Psycho Tank; a sensory deprivation pool, which creates an out-of-body experience.

The best time to go is a Thursday night, when it is free from 7-9pm and has a party style atmosphere. And of course the must-do has to be the slide which takes you from one floor, through another and deposits you in the next. After all that testing I think one result is clear - science can be fun! And don’t forget your swimming costume.

For more information visit the New Museum.

Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim, New York

Installation view: Maurizio Cattelan: All, Guggenheim, New York

This season, visit the Guggenheim to see the Maurizio Cattelan exhibition entitled All, which is literally suspended from the rotunda, filling the void with 130 thought-provoking works. Never before seen together in this way and the first retrospective of Cattelan’s work, it is a spectacle to be seen.

Cattelan’s work features life-like sculptures of people and animals who provoke us to think about life and death especially as many animals displayed are the product of taxidermy. But there is also power at play in these characters and often underlying dark scenes.

Go to admire an installation of exceptional works massed together and to understand more about this complex artist many see as a prankster. He’s not.

For more information visit the Guggenheim.

Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

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