|Art Summary 2009|
||Thavibu Gallery takes this opportunity to wish you a happy and peaceful 2010|
In 2009, everyone was affected by the turbulence in the financial markets, and this also impacted the market for contemporary art. As buyers look for value and Southeast Asian contemporary art has retained its value and is still more reasonable than comparable Chinese and Indian works, the downturn has not been severe. Currently, the art market shows strong signs of picking up again. At Thavibu Gallery in 2009, Burmese paintings sold most (55 %), followed by Thai (23 %) and Vietnamese (22 %). The three top selling artists in 2009 were Aung Kyaw Htet, U Lun Gywe and Pham An Hai.
Rather surprisingly perhaps, Burmese contemporary art has turned out to be at the centre of attention in the region. One part of it has received attention for the excellent paintings produced by very talented artists. While another group of artists produce experimental and multi-media art including performances, installations, photography etc, exemplified by the exhibition 'Speaking Alone' held in February and curated by Shireen Naziree. A follow-up exhibition is planned for 2010.
New exhibition catalogues have been published online as pdf files and are available for free as downloads > click here. When you see the catalogue you want, please right-click on the link and then choose the 'save as' option to download it to your computer. Books: A new book on U Lun Gywe is scheduled this year.
Thavibu Gallery took part in the India Art Summit in New Delhi in August, and it was a successful and well attended art fair. India has emerged as one of the main markets for Asian contemporary art, and Southeast Asian art is appreciated there probably due to cultural links and being good value. In 2010, Thavibu Gallery has been invited to Art Monaco'10 and will participate with artists from the three countries, starting from 29th April. www.artemonaco.com
3D @ Thavibu
It has been decided to use Thavibu Gallery's annex, Studio 307, for 3-dimensional works this year. The focus will be on sculptures and other 3D contemporary works by established and senior, as well as upcoming younger Thai artists. 3D @ Thavibu is curated by Steven Pettifor.
B1G1 - Thavibu Gallery has partnered with Buy 1 Give 1 Free, which implies that when you buy an art work from Thavibu Gallery you will automatically give a donation to a charity in the B1G1 network. Donation from one painting purchased provides one blind person with accommodation and shelter for one month. www.buy1-give1free.com
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