Early Sales at Art Stage Singapore Show Demand for Japanese, Indonesian Stars

Early Sales at Art Stage Singapore Show Demand for Japanese, Indonesian Stars
Takashi Murakami's "And Then x 6 (Red Dots: The Superflat Method)" sold for US$550,000 at Galerie Perrotin.
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SINGAPORE — The mood was buoyant as the doors closed on the opening VIP night of Art Stage, with galleries seeing healthy sales with some six-figure star pieces snapped up.

Galerie Perrotin led the charge with the sale of Japanese A-list artist Takashi Murakami’s acrylic-on-canvas for $550,000. The painting, titled “And Then x 6 (Red Dots: The Superflat Method),” was sold to a Korean doctor. Other big-ticket items sold by the Paris- and Hong Kong-based gallery were a painting by Japanese Superflat artist Aya Takamo, called “Across Two Hundred Years We Send Our Blessings,” which went for $85,000, as well as a work by top Indian artist Bharti Kher at €55,000 ($73,4000).

Over at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which has branches in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore, a pair of waterfall paintings by Japanese master Hiroshi Senju was went home with an American collector based in Singapore for $415,000. 

On the Southeast Asian front, artists frin Indonesia, which was described by Art Stage fair director Lorenzo Rudolf in his pre-fair introductory comments as “the strongest country with the strongest art scene,” took the lead. Auction darling Nyoman Masriadi proved his appeal once again at Singapore’s Gajah Gallery, with two works sold. “Peaceman,” a monumental painting depicting a man with a pig at his feet and a rooster at his shoulder, was sold to a Hong Kong collector for $350,000. A smaller piece, titled “Dirty Talk” and portraying a group of people gossiping, went for $200,000 to an Indonesian collector. Two smaller works by Sumatran-born artist Yunizar also sold for $24,000 each. 

At Nadi Gallery’s booth, Yogyakarta-based Handiwirman Saputra’s pair of turquoise acrylic-on-canvases sold for more than $150,000, while fellow Yogyakarta artist Yuli Prayitno’s painting-sculpture of a blackboard went for $21,000.

The Koreans also had a fair showing. Germany-based Korean artist SEO’s “Mobiler Raum im Garten IV,” a painting of two beagles on an elaborate carpet, went for 40,000 at Galerie Michael Schultz, which has branches in Berlin, Seoul and Beijing, while two editions of a so-called “skinny” sculpture titled “Lantern Man” by Yi Hwan Kwon sold for $42,000 each at Gana Art from Seoul.