|PAGO - PAGO, 1968 graced the invitation card|
What does an art enthusiast look for at an art exhibition? The last time we viewed art was at the Malaysian Art Friends at Istana Art Gallery and the Art Expo Malaysia 2010 at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre. Yesterday, we attended the preview of Art Auction Malaysia 2011 at MAP @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas.
Well, to answer my own question, it is to learn more about art and try to capture the artist's soul on the canvas, so to speak. Once in a while a piece resonates with me right away, it's love at first sight!. Often times I flounder as not necessarily do I like what I see and not knowing how to make a well - informed opinion.
I tagged along my hubby to this event. We are not art collectors; only the odd pieces which we dearly love to hold and cherish are in our house. True enough, buying art is not for the faint hearted nor when priorities in life take precedence over making an investment in art.
Just like we learn to appreciate the art of tasting our wines, one can say, appreciating art is the same. Find out more about the artists, their techniques, educate ourselves more about art by talking to people to form an informed opinion, going to art exhibitions, I believe can appreciate art better.
With more awareness being created by Malaysian Art Friends and this exhibition and others cropping up in the local scene, it augurs well for the development of the art scene. Through the seminars offered to the public on a wide range of pertinent art topics - art collecting and investing, critique, conservation, restoration etc, appreciation of art can be forged through keen interest. These exhibitions are not only about appreciation and art collectors. There is abundant untapped talent among our young and exposing them to the art world, a more vibrant art environment will hopefully develop.
This preview by Henry Butcher, Art Auctioneers was a relaxed affair. It was graced by H.R.H. Raja Dr.Nazrin Shah Sultan Raja Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, the Crown Prince of Perak Darul Ridzuan. People mingled to view the 22 pieces on display. Illustrious names were there: Mohd Hoessein Enas, Ibrahim Hussein, Chuah Thean Teng, Tan Choon Ghee, Abdul Latiff Mohidin. My favourites, Bayu Utomo Radjikin and Ahmad Zakii Anwar also made their impact there.
|Opening of An Exclusive Preview, Art Auction Malaysia 2011 by : H.R.H. Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, the Crown Prince of Perak Darul Ridzuan|
|Jalaini Abu Hassan b. Selangor, 1963|
THE PUPETEER, 2006
We met some some serious art collector friends and had a chat about art over lovely tea treats and a cuppa. So ended our short and sweet arty affair for the afternoon. I waxed euphoric over a couple of pieces I liked - can't say that of the prices though . You know it already - I can't afford it !! Nevertheless, this art enthusiast will definitely be back again when the full collection of 105 pieces for the public audience takes place on 24 May. So come, browse and linger.
|Peter Harris b. England, 1923-2009|
RELAXING, c. 1970s -1980s
|Tan Choon Ghee b.Penang, 1930 - 2010|
KHOO KONGSI AT CANNON SQUARE, 1985
|Chia Yu Chian b. Johor, 1936 - d. Singapore 1991|
|Norma Abbas, Puan Sri b.Kuala Lumpur, 1951|
FLOWERS FOR HARI RAYA, 1995
|Ibrahim Hussein, Datuk b.Kedah, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur 2009|
RISE ABOVE IT (CHINA COLLECTION), 2008
|Bayu Utomo Radjikin b.Sabah,1969|
INFINITY X, 1969
|Artistic presentation of fruit cocktails to whet our appetite:))|
|Good mix - people and art and tea|