BAZAAR catches up with Malaysia’s art-house favourites.
Lim Wei-Ling, GALLERY DIRECTOR,
WEI-LING GALLERY REPORTS FROM THE 55TH VENICE BIENNALE.
“There has been a burst of activity on the international art scene this year. It began with the inaugural Art Basel in Hong Kong, followed by the launch of the 55th Venice Biennale and Art Basel on home turf, all in the space of one month. Contemporary art is certainly taking centre stage among the rich and famous. It is thus, with some twisted irony, that artists are responding to this state of affairs through cynical artworks that take a direct hit at the uber rich, capitalism, and materialism. ‘English magic’ by Jeremy Deller depicted a larger-than-life William Morries hurling Roman Abramovich’s yacht into the sea. Vadim Zhakarov’s ‘Danae’ had an ‘Enter at your own risk’ sign on the ground floor, with gold coins ‘raining’ down three floors from a large shower head as a metaphor for the worship of money and alluding to the many sins associated with it.”
Datin Shalini Ganendra, DIRECTOR
OF SHALINI GANENDRA FINE ART @ GALLERY RESIDENCE ON THE APPROACH SHE TAKES TO ART. “We do not deal in speculative art, staying away from hype and spin, and host carefully curated exhibitions of strong works. Our gallery favours excellent talents whom we include based on quality of technique, vision, aesthetic, and track record. I want to bring the best and welcome eclectic mixes as a reflection of what I believe collections should be – the best of all mediums.”
Farouk Khan, ART COLLECTOR AND CO-OWNER
OF THE ALIYA AND FAROUK KHAN COLLECTION TALKS ART CULTURE. “The India Art Fair really gave good exposure to the regional culture and art. Delhi was interesting in that they are very confident, the art was very representative of the region, and the people of that area led the forums. In the more post-colonialist societies, foreigners tend to dominate the discourse and the art is more international and less regional.”
Lim Wei- Ling
Datin Shalini Ganendra