Art On/Offshore: The Singapore Freeport and the Narrative Economics that Frame the Southeast Asian Art Market
by offshoreart.co (Kathleen Ditzig and Robin Lynch)
A recently published article in ‘Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia’ (Volume 4, Number 2)
Free to read via Open Access on Project Muse
Through an examination of the evolution of the representation of the Singapore Freeport over the last 10 years, this paper maps the speculative discourse in 2014 around the Singapore Freeport as a one-stop shop of art services that could theoretically lend to the growth of Southeast Asian art market to the associative effects of the Bouvier Affair. This paper demonstrates the importance of narrative economics and cultural policy in the success of art infrastructure such as the Singapore Freeport, and their referencing, however vaguely, the Southeast Asia art market.
This journal is open access thanks to the generous support of the Chen Chong Swee Asian Arts Programme at Yale-NUS College and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.