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Homegrown artwork in hot demand

Posted: 16 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

SINGAPORE'S premier fair for international contemporary art kicked off with unusually buoyant sales for homegrown artists. More than 7,000 people from all over the world were invited to the preview for Art Stage Singapore last evening.

The ticketed fair at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre opens to the public today and runs till Sunday. More than 158 galleries from here and overseas are represented in this fourth edition of the annual fair.

Within hours of the opening yesterday, one of Singapore's hottest young painters, Ruben Pang, 24, sold all nine of his works. Priced between S$3,000 (RM7,762) and S$9,000 (RM23,273), they were sold by Singapore's Chan Hampe Galleries.

Another emerging artist Sarah Choo, 23, represented by gallerist Vera Wijaya of Galerie Sogan & Art, also sold all her photography works within hours of the fair's opening.

She sold five photography works, priced at S$6,500 (RM16,808) each.

Both artists drew mainly Singapore-based buyers, the galleries said.

Jumbo art: Korean artist Choi Jeonghwa's huge inflatable pink elephant, affectionately titled 'Love Me', is one of the many works on display at the art fair. -The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Veteran artist Milenko Prvacki's large 300 x 400cm acrylic on linen piece, Crossroad, was the top-selling artwork yesterday by a local artist, at S$120,000 (RM310,310).

Other homegrown artists whose works sold quickly were the late painter Chua Ek Kay and sculptor Han Sai Por.

Two of their works, priced at S$5,200 (RM13,446) and S$20,000 (RM51,718) respectively, were among the first pieces to be sold by the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, which had a booth selling Singaporean and international works.

Visitors have given the fair the thumbs-up for its range and depth. Singapore art collector Terence Lim called the fair "impressive and welcoming".

The medical doctor, in his 30s, said there were a lot of works to see.

"Not just decorative artwork, but really challenging pieces," he said.

Prominent collectors from around the world, such as American Dorothy Vogel, French couple Dominique and Sylvain Levy, Chinese-Indonesian Budi Tek and Swiss Uli Sigg, a well-known collector of Chinese contemporary art, were spotted browsing at Art Stage yesterday.

The fair, which has not disclosed its budget, is backed by the Government in its bid to make Singapore a top arts city. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Australia apologises to Indonesia for border violations

Posted: 16 Jan 2014 03:45 PM PST

SYDNEY: The Australian government said Friday it had apologised unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters.

"We deeply regret these events," Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told a press conference.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa on Thursday night and "offered an unqualified apology on behalf of the Australian government for inadvertently entering Indonesia's territorial waters," Morrison said.

She also gave "an assurance that such a breach of Indonesian territorial waters would not re-occur".

Morrison said Australia's embassy in Jakarta would make a formal apology Friday.

He said the government received information on Wednesday that Australian authorities had "inadvertently" entered Indonesian waters on several occasions, in breach of Australian government policy.

"I should stress this occurred unintentionally and without knowledge or sanction by the Australian government," he said

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, who heads the military-led Operation Sovereign Borders to stop asylum seekers arriving in Australia by sea, refused to detail the border violations for "operational reasons".

Under Australia's new government, asylum-seekers arriving by boat are sent to Pacific islands camps for processing with no chance of settlement in Australia, while boats intercepted at sea can be turned back to Indonesia.

The policy has angered Indonesia which has suggested it could infringe its sovereignty.

Campbell said the breaches involved "the passage of a vessel or vessels on several occasions".

"Positional errors have been made in the movement of our vessels," he said.

"The personnel on these vessels believe they were at all times operating outside Indonesian waters.

"I believe our people were acting in good faith."

The chief of staff and the head of the border protection agency would review the violations, Morrison said. -AFP

Turbulence forces China-bound US jet back to Newark

Posted: 16 Jan 2014 03:47 PM PST

NEW YORK: Severe turbulence forced a Beijing-bound United Airlines Boeing 777 with 189 passengers on board back to Newark on Thursday after five cabin crew sustained injuries, officials said.

Flight 89 departed from the New Jersey airport at 12:40 pm (1740 GMT), according to the airline's website, and had been scheduled to arrive at Beijing Capital International airport at 3pm Friday.

But Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico told AFP that UA89 ran into turbulence 45 minutes into the scheduled 14-hour flight.

"There are five flight attendants with minor injuries - bumps and bruises - although one did complain of severe back pain," he told AFP.

The plane returned to Newark and the afflicted flight attendants taken to local hospitals, he said.

The airline confirmed that the jet landed safely in Newark with 189 passengers and 16 crew members on board.

"United flight 89 from Newark to Beijing returned to Newark today after encountering turbulence while in flight," company spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm told AFP in an email.

Passengers would be accommodated on a flight Friday morning and have been offered hotels in Newark for the evening, she said.

United officials were "reviewing" the event, Dohm added.

According to United's website flight 89 departed at 12:40 pm (1740 GMT) and arrived back at Newark at 3:52 pm. -AFP

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