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Art Jakarta 2019: From artwork to jewelry

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, September 4, 2019  /  01:48 pm

The annual contemporary art fair Art Jakarta is scheduled to return next year from Aug. 28 to 30. The fair wrote on its official Instagram account that the event will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Central Jakarta.

This year’s Art Jakarta was held at the JCC for the first time. The more spacious venue enabled the fair to host a total of 70 exhibitors comprising 40 international galleries and 30 Indonesian galleries and also organize different programs, including Art Jakarta Spot, which exhibited large-scale artworks and AJX, which displayed special presentations from the fair’s collaboration with partners, collectors and organizers.

Tom Tandio, director of Art Jakarta, expects Indonesia to gain a position in the global art scene through the fair. During an interview on Friday, Tom said the country had the largest art market in Southeast Asia. “It’s getting better day by day as the country’s economy improves as well,” said Tom. “The young generation nowadays are more capable of appreciating art. A lot of them learn about philosophy and literature – which makes them appreciate art more.”

Based in Hong Kong, auction house Phillips Asia also marked their debut at this year’s Art Jakarta. The auction house displayed a cross-category exhibit of arts, watches and jewelry. A number of contemporary artworks were displayed in their space at the fair, including KAWS’ Untitled (2000), Damien Hirst’s Fun (2008) and Richard Lin’s T and A (1968-1969).

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When it comes to watches, the auction house presented timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Lange & Sohne, including a Patek Philippe 5078R.

Thomas Perazzi, head of watches at Phillips Asia, said the market for watches in Indonesia was strong and growing. “We have a strong vintage Rolex community and also the interest for collecting timepieces is increasing especially among the young generation,” Perazzi said, adding that young adults aged from 25 to 35 had approached them to learn more, discover and start collecting Swiss-made timepieces.

Perazzi went on to say that the new collectors in Asia, including in Indonesia, usually started with collecting contemporary watches. “When their knowledge is deeper, their interest moves to more exclusive and rare watches,” he said.

The auction house also displayed different types of jewelry ranging from necklaces to earrings with various styles from simple to more intricate ones. Among the pieces were necklaces adorned with rubies and diamonds mounted in 18-karat white and yellow gold and also a pair of ruby- and diamond-embellished earrings by Hong Kong-based designer Karen Suen.

“For Indonesian collectors, a lot of stones like ruby, sapphire and emerald are their favorites […] given that the color is very saturated and [their] clarity and quality are of top quality,” said Charlene Lau, senior jewelry specialist of Phillips Asia at the same occasion, adding that currently ruby was the most sought-after stone followed by sapphire. (mut)

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