Four Singapore artists will be highlighted at the top-end Art Stage Singapore, as part of the new South-east Asia Platform.
Artists Jane Lee, Sarah Choo, Chun Kai Feng and Jolene Lai will create new works for the contemporary art fair.
Painter Lee, who made a splash with her massive Raw Canvas - created with squiggles of paint - at the 2008 Singapore Biennale, will present another large-scale work. Titled 50 Faces, it will include 50 paintings presented on a 10m-long wall. Some of them will be created in such a way that they will reflect viewers' faces, to add an element of interactivity.
Fair director Lorenzo Rudolf announced these attractions yesterday at a briefing held at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands. The fourth edition of the fair will be from Jan 16 to 19 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
Mr Rudolf said the fair is introducing country-specific platforms after the success of this year's Indonesia Platform.
The Indonesia Platform caused controversy when it was announced last year because gallery owners were initially unhappy that the fair organisers were approaching artists directly to programme the showcase. But the pavilion turned out to be the strongest element of this year's fair.
To avoid any controversy for the upcoming edition, Art Stage is working with curators and experts who will pick works by both established and emerging artists from India, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Central Asia.
The largest platform by size and number of works will be South-east Asia's. Expect newly commissioned projects from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand.