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Documenting art and identity in formation: An arts agent's story

The head looks rather big in proportion to its body that they are like giant clams on wood stems. On a further look, one could think they are huge unflourished roses. You would even believe they speak to each other like humans do. It seem to resemble apples with an eye, spinning on its own […]


Are these dinning ware familiar to you? Yes, they would be if you were raised in Singapore like eight years ago. These are often seen at in a typical house hold and as time goes by, the ware gradually disappears from the coffee shops and a modern local home. These items can be found exhibited […]

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Trends in Art and Technology Creative producers are keeping up to the trends of technology in their efforts to maximize exposure to the mass of audience reachable through technology enthusiast and offering art new methods in their making. These are few of the four current trends which art has been given the era to evolve […]


The following article is on an International Art Exhibition featuring collaborative photo media works of Jack Kee Gamble (Australia) and Tan Haur (Singapore) to be taken place in Melbourne, Australia (SEP-OCT 2012). Perspectives in Transition The Crossroads of Melbourne and Singapore By Benedict Tan For decades, scientists went to a painstaking extent to recover evidences […]


This marks my fourth year running this competition between French and Singaporean artists. The first year when this competition was created, it was called the “France + Singapore New Generation Artists” in 2009. The title carried for three consecutive years bringing 23 Finalists, 1 Honourable Mention Recepient and 3 Winners to the limelight. The idea […]

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Elisabeth and Heri Dono at an exhibition Merapi Beyond the Myths

Years back in 2004 when I was creating my thesis, Why has international success eluded Singaporean artists? Of couse, this statement was not what I could totally agree too deep in myself, at that time when I could or could not determine yet this question. But academically, this was a challenge that my thesis advisor […]


It was one afternoon when I picked up a call from a business woman who runs a travel agency. She explained that she has just started collaborating with an art agent representing an artist from China. They where promoting him in Singapore and were looking into some galleries to have his second exhibition here. We […]

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Left: Benedict Tan, Right: Michael Goo

While I was organising the 2nd France + Singapore New Generation Artists (FSNGA) exhibition, there were 50 odd artists’ submissions from France and Singapore. On the very first round of judging session conducted by Alliance Fran├žaise de Singapour internal comittee to determine the Finalists, I spoted some significant proposals such as Ashley Yeo who portrayed […]

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It was 2010, one of my most energetic year in art showcase. I followed my executive director to meet two collectors each owning different sets of Art Deco style items. After few visits, I drew up a combined list of inventory from those we selected for exhibition. Having in mind the Afterlife of the Tang […]

An article I wrote for a travelling show which launched and concluded from and at my gallery. 1 x suitcase (2009 – 2011) In 2009, eight suitcases were packed, containing in each the creations and belongings of eight Singaporean artists, from a space they were let opened before, for all to peep and ponder over […]