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Hopping on a Broken Bandwagon

Singapore’s confused art fair-industrial complex

Image of Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, taken from Merlion Park, Singapore, 2015. Photo by Sasin Tipchai.

Despite evidence to the contrary, a network of fair organizers, galleries, so-called tastemakers, and even government bodies in Singapore continue to cultivate an art fair-industrial complex under the assumption that introducing more art fairs is a winning strategy for the local economy and art scene alike. The individuals and organizations in this network will do anything to impress the cool kids of the art world—namely mega…

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