The Malaysian art industry is set to reach great heights when the internationally acclaimed fair of contemporary art, Art Basel comes around between 23rd and 26th May 2013. This event is the largest and most highly acclaimed fair where it has been called the Olympics of the art world, among many other accolades.
This year, Art Basel will be held in Hong Kong which will be a splendid platform for Asian artists to showcase their body of work to the global arena. For this project, Wei-Ling Gallery, one of the leading art galleries in Malaysia, together with Ivan Lam is embarking into an art project entitled ‘Compendium of Malaysian Art (COMA)’ which will showcase the best of Malaysian art at the fair.
For this project, Ivan, who is one of the most established and renowned Malaysian artists today is inviting all contemporary artists of Malaysia to participate. This will be a unique concept by Ivan to bring 500 artworks of Malaysian artists in 1 collective effort which will be featured at Art Basel. The categories that will be represented in this project are Modern, Contemporary and Emerging where each respective artist will be selected based on their quality of work.
As the collective group of Malaysian artists today, this project will truly bring Malaysian art to the international scene and more genuinely so through an art event as reputable as Art Basel which is being held at Hong Kong, perhaps the most active and dynamic art centres of the Asia-Pacific region today. Apart from the fact that your artwork will be seen by art lovers and enthusiasts from around the region, you will also be part of the concerted effort that will loudly proclaimed the wonders and immersing art of Malaysia.
It is natural that for a project as large as Ivan Lam’s for Art Basel, a lot of questions and issues will arise. In an exclusive interview with Ivan, we find out and get all your questions answered about your participation and involvement with this extremely exciting art project. Below are some of the questions that you might be asking which will help you understand Ivan Lam’s Art Basel project better.
What is COMA all about?
It stands for Compendium of Malaysian Art. It is by Ivan Lam and aims to collect 500 of today’s Malaysian contemporary artists’ works and feature them in a unique and artistic way at Art Basel 2013 in Hong Kong (23rd – 26th May 2013).
Whose idea is it?
COMA is Ivan Lam’s idea with the support of Wei-Ling Gallery
But I represented by a different art gallery.
This is a project between you and Ivan Lam and will not bring any conflict of interest with your gallery representation.
Why Art Basel?
Because it is the biggest art event in the region for 2013. It is known as the Olympics of the art world.
Why are the artworks so small in size?
The small size is by no means fully representing you as an artist. It gives the viewer a glimpse of what you are as an artist. The size is very specific as it involves 500 artists in one booth and also in a special contraption to house all of us. By having a small piece of artwork, it will not tax the artist to come up with big works but it must be big on ambition and ideation.
Are the artworks for sale?
No. The artworks are not for sale separately.
What is the RM10 payment for?
It is as a token of appreciation for your contribution to this historic and unique Malaysian art project.
Have you had any bad response from artists?
Yes obviously, and a lot of good ones too.
How much are you spending for this project?
I think the ball park figure would b close to a hundred thousand ringgit from idea to execution which covers production, overheads and transportation of collecting the artworks, integrating them and delivery to Hong Kong
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