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Sovereign Asian Art Prize Showcases best of contemporary art

  • Carla Bianpoen

    Contributor

Jakarta | Thu, April 6 2017 | 02:44 am
Sovereign Asian Art Prize Showcases best of contemporary art Yogie Achmad Ginanjar’s Absorption 7 - Courtesy of Yogie Achmad Ginanjar" height="998" border="0" width="633">Yogie Achmad Ginanjar’s Absorption 7  (Courtesy of Yogie Achmad Ginanjar)

The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) has again released the names of its top 30 finalists, which include two Indonesian artists vying for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Held annually, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (SAF) invites mid-career contemporary artists for a competition that has enjoyed increased recognition.

SAF was established in 2003 with the objective of enhancing the quality of contemporary art in the region and to benefit its aid program for underprivileged children. Since 2013, this has included children with special educational needs.

The 13th edition of the SAF includes two Indonesian artists on its list of top 30 finalists, namely Yogie Achmad Ginanjar and Uji Handoko “Hahan” Eko Saputro.

They were selected from more than 530 entries by a total of 66 independent art professionals from across the Asia-Pacific region.

The judging panel for this year’s prize has undergone some changes. While noted writer and curator David Elliott continues to direct the panel, new members this year comprise Alexandra A. Seno, head of development at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong; Jim Supangkat, Indonesia’s noted art critic and curator; Michael Snelling, former director and chief executive of the National Art School, Sydney; and Chinese new-media artist Miao Xiaochun.

On April 19 to 21, all shortlisted artworks will be shown in The James Christie Room at Christie’s auction house in Hong Kong. Then, from April 25 to May 4, they will be exhibited at The Rotunda, Exchange Square, where the public can cast a vote for the Public Vote Prize. Votes will also be accepted via the SAF web gallery and Facebook page.

The grand prize of US$30,000 for first place, as well as the Public Vote Prize of $1,000, will be announced at The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Gala Dinner and Auction on May 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Here, shortlisted artworks will be auctioned and proceeds split evenly between the artists and SAF’s charitable projects.

Stronger and Harder by Uji Handoko “Hahan” Eko Saputro (Courtesy of Uji Handoko Eko Saputro)

PREMIUM Yogie Achmad Ginanjar’s Absorption 7  (Courtesy of Yogie Achmad Ginanjar)The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) has again released the names of its top 30 finalists, which include two Indonesian artists vying for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.Held annually, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (SAF) invites mid-career contemporary artists for a competition that has enjoyed increased recognition.

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