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SEAspotlight | How much for that banana duct-taped to the wall?
This talk takes a closer look at a topic that all facets of the art world have, throughout history and until today, wrestled with – the value of art. It examines how art is valued in the art market and how it is collected, that seems to fly in the face of the common sense of the general public. This discussion also positions the topic in light of art history, from the time of Dada pioneer Marcel Duchamp until now, touching on notions of conceptual art.

Speakers include Sandy Ma (International Specialist, Phillips), Jasdeep Sandhu (Director, Gajah Gallery) and Jim Amberson (Art Collector and S.E.A. Focus Advisory Committee), moderated by Elaine Ng (Editor and Publisher, ArtAsiaPacific).

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Jan 29, 2021 03:00 PM in Singapore

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Sandy Ma
International Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art @Phillips
Sandy Ma is International Specialist in 20th Century and Contemporary Art and Associate Director at Phillips, based in Singapore. Sandy is former Head of Evening Sale for the category at Phillips Hong Kong and a member of the founding team of Specialists who spearheaded the inaugural sales since the company established its presence in Asia in 2016. Sandy continues to contribute to the success of global auctions at Phillips as well as to develop client relationships and business in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Phillips, Sandy began her career at Christie’s in 2008 and was a part of the international specialist team in Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art based in Hong Kong. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Studio Art with concentration in oil painting from Colby College in Maine, USA.
Jasdeep Sandhu
Director @Gajah Gallery
Jasdeep Sandhu founded Gajah Gallery in 1996, and the Yogya Art Lab in 2012, based on his dedication in promoting artists from the region and highlighting their international relevance. Over the years, the gallery has reinvigorated academic contributions to the category of Indonesian art and history, with landmark shows such as Lokanat: Ground Zero, Intersections: Latin American and Southeast Asian Contemporary Art, and Semsar Siahaan – Points of View, as well as supporting the production of some of the most extensive printed publications on seminal Indonesian artists and collectives. In 2013, Jasdeep was appointed as co-chair of the Inaugural Asia Society Art Gala in Hong Kong, a prestigious charity event honoring three art practitioners for their significant contributions to the field of Asian contemporary art.
Jim Amberson
Art Collector and S.E.A. Focus Advisory Committee
Originally from the USA but based in Asia since 1998, Jim Amberson is a Director in a Multinational Insurer. He has been actively collecting Southeast Asian contemporary art for more than 15 years, acquiring works by Dinh Q. Lê, Sopheap Pich, Handiwirman Saputra, Teng Nee Cheong, Yee I-Lann and more. Amberson's interest in the region extends to a Masters of Arts Degree from the National University of Singapore in Southeast Asian Studies and publications that include "Deep S.E.A.: Contemporary Art from South East Asia'' and "The Little Red Dot: Becoming a Red Hot Home for Art". Amberson is frequently invited to panels to speak on collecting Southeast Asian art, and has loaned his collection to numerous international exhibitions. Amberson has joined the Asia-Pacific Acquisition Committee of the Tate Modern, London.