ART PLURAL: Voices of Contemporary Art
Audemars Piguet, Gatehouse Publishing and Art Plural Gallery jointly present
ART PLURAL: VOICES OF CONTEMPORARY ART
A Selection of Established and Emerging Contemporary Artists
For Immediate Release
SINGAPORE (5 December 2013) – Audemars Piguet, Gatehouse Publishing and Art Plural Gallery are pleased to announce the publication of Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art, which will be unveiled during Art Stage Singapore, 16-19 January 2014. This selection of over 25 leading international contemporary artists is curated by Swiss gallerist Frédéric de Senarclens of Art Plural Gallery in Singapore. Esteemed art historian and author Michael Peppiatt offers an insightful introduction on the growing globalization of art, while Jane A. Peterson’s thought provoking interviews provide an intimate insight into each artist’s creative process. This book is published in collaboration with Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet.
From China to India and Europe to the Americas, the artists profiled in Art Plural foster dialogue bridging East and West in today’s globalised art world. These include Armen Agop, Ali Banisadr, Agathe de Bailliencourt, Chun Kwang Young, Yves Dana, Adam Dant, Ian Davenport, Bernard Frize, Fu Lei, Li Tianbing, Adriana Molder, Nan Qi, Jedd Novatt, Sherman Ong, Dane Patterson, Qiu Jie, Imran Qureshi, Pablo Reinoso, Doug & Mike Starn, Agus Suwage, Thukral & Tagra, Tian Taiquan, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Bernar Venet, Fabienne Verdier, Zhang Huan and Zhang Xiaogang.
Society has now reached a point where art is created and viewed in a wider global framework. Though national and local traditions remain influential, artists today are researching, referencing, creating and proliferating in a truly international context. Old polarities between North and South and East and West are being redefined, and artists are now connected in ways never before possible across vast distances and cultures.
Gallerist Frédéric de Senarclens says, “Art Plural is both a reference for collectors and an entry point for art lovers. The thoughts and ideas conveyed by this select group of contemporary artists capture the essence of society and embody the experience of recent generations.”
Art Plural is full of insights for both art collectors and readers new to contemporary art. Artist chapters showcase large-scale, true reproductions that allow the artworks to stand alone and at the same time to be viewed in conjunction with the artist’s larger body of work. The book explores the works of artists who have acquired lasting international recognition, as well as those at the cusp of notoriety. Managing Director of Audemars Piguet, Asia, Oliviero Bottinelli, says, “Haute Horology and the arts are closely related as both are devoted to creativity and mastery. Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art is an excellent platform for us to highlight the existing interaction between craft and the arts, and through this exciting project, Audemars Piguet, continues its commitment to support the arts”.
Art Plural will be released in conjunction with Art Stage Singapore 2014, a global art fair attracting the world’s most influential private art collectors and corporate buyers. At the crossroads between Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, Art Stage Singapore is the flagship cultural event of the region and the place to experience Asian contemporary art at its best.
Technical details: Suggested retail price SGD 80 (USD 65), 240 pages, 140 illustrations. The luxurious hardcover book will also be retailed in select bookstores worldwide as well as online via Amazon.com.
ABOUT MICHAEL PEPPIATT
Michael Peppiatt has spent his professional life with many of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His close friendships and frequent studio visits with Dubuffet, Sonia Delaunay, Balthus, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Tàpies, Claes Oldenburg, Brassaï and Cartier-Bresson, among many others, have produced an extraordinary range of revealing interviews which combine to give a unique perspective on art from the Second World War to the present day. He began his career as an art critic in London and Paris in the 1960s, and eventually became editor and publisher of Art International magazine. In addition to curating numerous exhibitions worldwide, he is the author of The School of London (1987), Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma (1997), Alberto Giacometti in Postwar Paris (2001), Vincent van Gogh (2003), Christian Schad and the Neue Sachlichkeit (2003), Francis Bacon in the 1950s (2006), Les Dilemmes de Jean Dubuffet (2006), Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait – Essays and Interviews (2008), Caravaggio/Bacon (2009), In Giacometti’s Studio (2010), and Interviews with Artists 1966-2012 (2012). In 2005 Michael was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Cambridge for his published work in the field of 20th century art. He is a member of the Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Literature, and in 2010 he joined the international board of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. He is currently curating a Miró exhibition for Germany and writing the first of several memoirs.
ABOUT JANE A. PETERSON
A Minnesota native, Jane A. Peterson is a Singapore-based journalist who writes for the Financial Times and other global publications. Peterson’s previous work with CNN, CNBC, NBC and Deutsche Welle has taken her to the UK, US and Germany.
ABOUT AUDEMARS PIGUET
Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaker still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Since 1875, the company has been responsible for some of the finest creations in the history of Haute Horlogerie, including a number of world firsts. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, numerous masterpieces are created in limited series embodying a remarkable degree of horological perfection, including daring sport models, classic and traditional timepieces, splendid ladies’ jewelry-watches, as well as one-of-a-kind creations. For more information, please contact:
ABOUT ART PLURAL GALLERY
Art Plural Gallery is a unique space dedicated to modern, contemporary art and design in the heart of Singapore’s cultural district. Founded by Swiss art dealers Frédéric and Carole de Senarclens, this innovative platform nestled in a four-storey Art Deco heritage building presents solo and group exhibitions, installations, public art projects, conferences and art publications. Its independent project, Third Floor, is a cutting-edge contemporary art space devoted to emerging and talented artists from around the globe. For more information, please contact:
ABOUT GATEHOUSE PUBLISHING
Gatehouse Publishing is one of the leading international publishing houses in Asia, with a focus on the arts, cuisine, travel and lifestyle. For over a decade, its boutique series The HUNT Guides has offered readers profiles of the most unique independently-owned eating, shopping and lifestyle experiences around the world. With offices in Singapore and London, Gatehouse is also able to offer bespoke publishing services for select brands. For more information, please contact:
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