Malaysia Art 2016 2016年的马来西亚艺术圈

It is undeniable that Malaysian art industry was expecting a tough ride after the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2015. It gave rise to unprecedented jam-packed auctions just before its official implementation with the hope that collectors would take advantage of saving instead of paying GST. Although most expected a bad year of 2015, the overall total sales result was a complete astonishment with around RM2 million higher than 2014. Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers outperformed the rest with more than RM10.7 million sales, followed by KLAS Art Auction with about RM8 million, RM7.5 million for Masterpiece Auction KL and The Edge Auction for RM1.5 million.

2016 marks an interesting year for Malaysian art industry as it will be the time for collectors to transform into bargain hunters, making it an uphill battle for both artists and art galleries. Although some of the relatively new galleries have decided to call it a day, the more established galleries such as Wei-Ling Gallery, G13, Core Design Gallery and Richard Koh Fine Art were among those that brave the outlook as they not only go on the offensive with interesting local exhibitions, but also going abroad to promote in-house artists in international art exhibitions such as Art Stage Singapore. While other galleries such as Galeri Seni Mutiara and The Art Gallery from Penang and KL-based galleries such as PINKGUY Gallery and Segaris Art Centre prefer to focus more on local presentations. In short, galleries today must showcase its strength towards the artists they represent in order to gain collectors’ confidence with an apparent objective that they will be the blue chip when it comes to art investment.

With an expected slowdown in the Malaysian economy, the art industry will be facing a challenging year ahead. It is also crunch time for true dedicated artists and professional art galleries to prove to the public that their creations are worth collecting and investing, as the world has had enough of self-proclaimed and non-serious artists while some better artists demand prices beyond the reach of most especially the newcomers. Collectors are not dumb rich people; artists and their artworks are just like other professions and products that consumers pay with expectations.

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无可否认,马来西亚艺术圈在2015年大马政府实行消费税之后,对前景的展望是崎岖难行。另外,消费税实施之前,大马拍卖行引起了前所未有的拥挤,因为收藏家们想提早省一笔钱。虽然多数人预计2015年是不利的一年,但实际上拍卖行的整体营收仍令人惊讶,达200万令吉,高于2014年的记录。其中,亨利艺术拍卖行表现鹤立鸡群,营收超过1070万令吉,其次是KLAS艺术拍卖行,大约800万令吉;吉隆坡尚品艺术拍卖行750万令吉;The Edge拍卖行150万令吉。

2016年对马来西亚艺术圈而言,是有趣的一年。因为这一年,收藏家可能逢低买入,艺术圈成为艺术家和画廊之间的艰苦战场。虽然一些相对较新的画廊已决定关闭,比较资深的画廊,如Wei-Ling Gallery、G13、Core Design Gallery 和 Richard Koh Fine Art却勇敢前进。它们不仅积极举办有趣的本地艺术展,也到国际艺术展如“艺术登陆新加坡”介绍本身的艺术家。槟城的珍珠画廊和The Art画廊,以及来自吉隆坡的画廊,如PINKGUY画廊和Segaris艺术中心比较专注于本地展览。总之,今天的画廊必须向他们所代表的艺术家展现实力,以赢取收藏家的信心–相信他们所购买的艺术品,是蓝筹股级的投资。

随着马来西亚经济预期放缓,大马艺术圈将面临充满挑战的一年。这也是一个关键时刻,真正敬业的艺术家和专业画廊将向公众证明,他们的作品值得收藏和投资。事实上,这个世界受够了自吹自擂和不认真的艺术家,而一些优质艺术家的开价超出了大多数人,特别是新收藏家的购买能力。收藏家不是愚蠢的富人;艺术家和他们的作品就与其他专业人士和产品一样,消费者是抱着满怀期望来购买的。

Auction-Lot 57 Abdul Latiff Mohidin %22Landskap Rimba 96%22 (1996) 81cm x 203cm Oil on Canvas)1

Abdul Latiff Mohidin

Landskap Rimba
1996 • 81cm x 203cm • Oil on Canvas
KLAS Art Auction 24/05/2015, Lot 57
Price Realised: RM601,800

Auction-Yusof Ghani %22Biring LXX%22 (2007) Oil on Canvas 183cm x 183cm1

Yusof Ghani

Bring LXX
2007 • 183cm x 183cm • Oil on canvas
KLAS Art Auction 18/01/2015, Lot 48
Price Realised: RM313,600

Auction-Lot 109 Chia Yu Chian

Chia Yu Chian

The Waterfall
1983 • 97cm x 184cm • Oil on Canvas
Masterpiece KL 02/08/2015, Lot 109
Price Realised: RM156,800

Auction-Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Legong 4, 1997, Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180cm, 2 panels

Ahmad Zakii Anwar

Legong 4
1997 • 120cm x 180cm • Acrylic on Canvas
KLAS Art Auction 24/05/2015, Lot 66
Price Realised: RM118,000

Image(s) courtesy of KLAS Art Auction and Masterpiece Auction

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